Thank You Letter from Kate Siahaan-Rigg and Special Message for Our AABANY Members!

This year, we had the privilege of having the wonderful Kate Siahaan-Rigg, a remarkable actress, comedian, and activist, as our Master of Ceremonies (MC). She was our MC last year during our 2022 Annual Dinner, and now, it is our honor to have her again to host this year’s event. 

Following the 2023 Annual Dinner, Kate asked us to share this message with you all:

Hello AABANY members, 

I had such a wonderful time hosting the gala [on May 23], meeting some of the incredible membership, and honoring your achievements collectively in uplifting our community. I forgot to tell everyone to save the date September 25 for the next DisOrientalism event I’m curating hosting in New York – there will be discounts for AABANY members! And also to, please follow me on Instagram @kateriggnyc to keep connected and show support for AAPI artists. CongratulAsians on a very successful event!!!


Thank you, Kate, for being a terrific MC. We will be on the lookout for news about DisOrientalism and try to get a group together to go. Stay tuned!

2016 Annual Dinner

2016 Annual Dinner

Your Voice, Your Vote Workshop

DATE: AUGUST 1ST, 2015  |  1-4PM

  • Are Asian American voice being heard in elections?
  • Does discrimination still affect our community?
  • How well are Asian Americans represented in government?

This August marks 50 years since the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Come join us for a discussion about Asian Americans and civic engagement. 

Workshops will be held in English, Chinese, and Korean. Lunch will be provided.

To register, CLICK HERE.

RSVP to Julia Chung at 718-460-5600 x307

APAICS New York Regional Leadership Academy

Regional Leadership Academy Training & Policy Summit

October 2-3, 2015
New York, NY

Are you considering running for public office? Join us in New York City to learn what it takes to get elected and be a public servant- from starting your campaign, developing your message and building relations with media, to serving your constituents.

The APAICS (Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies) Regional Leadership is a two-day leadership and political training program for Asian American and Pacific Islanders seeking to run for public office, current elected officials, and community stakeholders. The program includes interactive leadership and political training, networking opportunities and policy round-table discussions.

Day 1 – Leadership & Political Training

Training sessions may include the following:

  • Campaign Planning
  • Fundraising 101
  • Media Training
  • Ethics Training
  • How to serve the AAPI community while in office
  • Special Guest Speakers

Day 2 – Policy Summit 

Policy round tables bring together leaders in government, corporate sector and the community to discuss current issues impacting the AAPI community in the local region. Discussion topics will be announced closer to date. Past sessions have included policy discussions on education, economic development, energy and health.

Registration is complimentary. Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided both days.


For questions about the APAICS Regional Training Academy, please contact Amy Watanabe at [email protected] or call 202-296-9200.

Hosted by: Google 


  • Walmart
  • StateFarm 
  • National Education Association 
  • California Teachers Association 
  • Southwest Airlines (Southwest Airlines is the official airline of the APAICS Regional Leadership Academy)

AALDEF Lunar New Year Gala, Feb. 23

Monday, February 23, 2015
Year of the Ram


Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund
Lunar New Year Gala & Justice in Action Awards Presentation

2015 Justice in Action Award Recipients

John W. Kuo
Varian Medical Systems
Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary

Jessica Hagedorn
Novelist, poet, and playwright

Neal Katyal
Hogan Lovells

Emcees: Juju Chang & Sree Sreenivasan

PIER SIXTY, Chelsea Piers, NYC
6:00 PM Reception & Silent Auction
7:00 PM Dinner

For more information or to purchase tickets,
email [email protected] or call 212.966.5932.