Asian American Political Activation (AAPA) Program

6 people wearing masks inside a clear plastic tent looking towards the camera behind a table with a tablecloth that reads "APASD

Sowing Seeds, Harvesting Hope Year End Celebration, Spring 23

Students sitting outside on a wooden bench making kokedamas

Wellness "Kokedama with Mama" workshop, Spring '22

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AAPA meeting with Prof. Harvey Dong, Spring '22

8 people posing for the camera, with two people wearing SEA cultural attire

Group picture at 1st Annual Southeast Asian Culture Festival, Spring '22

Image of an Asian American Political Alliance Newsletter from 1969

Newsletter from the Asian American Political Alliance

Photo of presentation in the Multicultural Community Center with the 1969 demands of TWLF behind the presenters

Panel discussion on Asian American Organizing, Fall '22

Photo of students on lawn holding lights

Southeast Asian Student Mixer, Fall '22

The AAPA Program

About AAPA

"Asian American" was first coined by Yuji Ichioka and Nancy Gee at UC Berkeley in 1968 through the founding of the Asian American Political Alliance to develop a unified and politicized identity for diasporic communities from Asia. While AAPA back then looks a little different from AAPA now, we continue to build from our communities' history in order to celebrate our future.

Grounded in this legacy of the Asian American Movement, the Asian American Political Activation (AAPA) Program offers internships, events, and programs to grow Asian American students’ political consciousness around Asian American, Pacific Islander, and South Asian, Southwest Asian, and North African experiences, history, and community issues both on and off campus. We are excited to connect and grow with you all!

Visit us at our office which can be found next to the APASD Lobby at 249 César E. Chávez Student Center (link is external). You can also connect with us via email, Instagram (link is external), and Facebook!

Our '23- '24 AAPA Intern and Staff Team

AAPA interns sitting and standing in the APASD office
Group photo of AAPA interns standing with the Golden Gate Bridge behind them

Stay Connected

If you would like to schedule one on one time with AAPA Staff to learn more about the program or what services and resources are availbe to you, please make an appointment via calendly. 
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Interested in voluntering with us? Complete an interest form