THE MISSION of the Commission on Asian and Pacific Islander American Affairs is to elevate the political, economic, and social issues of Asians and Pacific Islanders by contributing to and strengthening how state government addresses the needs, issues, and concerns of the diverse and complex Asian and Pacific Islander American communities.
The charge of the California Commission on Asian and Pacific Islander American Affairs is to:
♦ Advise the Governor and Legislature on how to respond most effectively to views, needs, and concerns of the state’s Asian and Pacific Islander American communities.
♦ Assist the state in being an effective liaison and conducting outreach with Asian and Pacific Islander American communities through information dissemination about Asian and Pacific Islander American communities concerning public and private programs beneficial to their interests.
♦ Examine issues of access and cultural language sensitivity by state agencies, departments, and commissions.
♦ Provide assistance to policymakers and state agencies in identifying Asian and Pacific Islander American communities’ needs and issues and develop appropriate responses and programs.
♦ Educate the public about hate crimes against Asian and Pacific Islander American communities.
Former Assembly member George Nakano (Torrance) authored AB 116 in 2002 to establish the commission, with members of the Asian Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus co authoring the bill. The concept for the commission originated from strong community support and advocacy. The commission’s creation is a historic recognition of the accomplishments and needs of California’s growing Asian American-Native Hawai‘ian/Pacific Islander (AA-NH/PI) populations.
The commission consists of 13 members appointed by the Governor and the Legislature. We are a citizens board comprised of leaders from different vocations, backgrounds, and regions of the state. Individually and collectively, the commissioners give an impartial assessment of AA-NH/PIs’ needs. We seek to make California’s government more responsive and efficient by helping state agencies, departments, and commissions improve service delivery to our communities. We also disseminate information on state programs and services that are important to AA-NH/PIs.
The commission has been operating since January 2004. Although established by statute, we do not receive any public money. Donations and private resources fully fund our operations.