APAS is a 501c(3) non-profit umbrella organization of 16 Asian communities that preserves and educates
Asian culture and history in the greater New Orleans area since 1979.





APAS’s “Feeding the Homeless” project in December 2021 was made possible by valuable APAS volunteers and generous donations. Heartfelt thanks to Tudave Nguyen of Pho Orchid who donated 110 boxed meals and thanks to Lisa T Nguyen for water and cookie donations! We appreciate all the volunteers who helped distribute the food under the N.O. overpass in our last event of 2021.

We did it again with the help from our friends at Pho Orchid.  We brought meals to the NOFD and the respiratory therapists at East Jeff General Hospital and West Jeff General Hospital. Thank you for keeping us safe during the COVID-19 Pandemic!

With the help from our friends at Pho Orchid, APAS brought meals to UMC and the JPSO 2nd & 3rd district during the COVID-19 pandemic.  We appreciate all that you do for our community!

Join us virtually
Asian Pacific American Society General Membership Meeting
January 26, 2022 | 6 PM
Zoom Meeting Link
Meeting Agenda

APAS remembers devoted community member Master Gunnery Sergeant Rodolfo “Rudy” Salvador Sutis
with love and fond memories.

Rudy, a member of the Filipino community, was a retired Marine of Mandeville, LA. He passed away at 91 on Saturday, January 1, 2022. We honor you and thank you for all of your contributions.

APAS was established in 1979 due to this Proclamation by the President Jimmy Carter.


39th President of the United States: 1977 1981
Proclamation 4650—Asian/acific American Heritage Week, 1979
March 28, 1979
By the President of the United States of America

A Proclamation

America's greatness?its ideals, its system of government, its economy, its people-derives from the contribution of peoples of many origins who come to our land seeking human liberties or economic opportunity. Asian-Americans have played a significant role in the creation of a dynamic and pluralistic America, with their enormous contributions to our science, arts, industry, government and commerce.

Unfortunately, we have not always fully appreciated the talents and the contributions which Asian-Americans have brought to the United States. Until recently, our immigration and naturalization laws discriminated against them. They were also subjected to discrimination in education, housing, and employment. And during World War II our Japanese-American citizens were treated with suspicion and fear.

Yet, Asians of diverse origins?from China, Japan, Korea, the Philippines, and Southeast Asia?continued to look to America as a land of hope, opportunity, and freedom.

At last their confidence in the United States has been justified. We have succeeded in removing the barriers to full participation in American life, and we welcome the newest Asian immigrants to our shores?refugees from Indochina displaced by political, and social upheavals. Their successful integration into American society and their positive and active participation in our national life demonstrates the soundness of America's policy of continued openness to peoples from Asia and the Pacific.

The Ninety-fifth Congress has requested the President by House Joint Resolution 1007, approved October 5, 1978, to designate the seven-day period beginning on May 4, 1979, as "Asian/Pacific American Heritage Week."

Now, Therefore, I, Jimmy Carter, President of the United States of America, declare the week beginning on May 4, 1979, as Asian/Pacific American Heritage Week. I call upon the people of the United States, especially the educational community, to observe this week with appropriate ceremonies and activities.

In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-eighth day of March, in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred seventy-nine, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and third.


Jimmy Carter, Proclamation 4650—Asian/Pacific American Heritage Week, 1979 Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/249398

Tu "Dave" Nguyen - PHO ORCHIDS
Pho Orchid

It is with great pleasure that we announce the 2021 & 2022 Executive Committee members! On 11/14/2020, APAS held its election. We thank all candidates who submitted their names and dedicated themselves to carry out APAS’ mission for the next two years. No one could have foreseen the pandemic that has altered our lives in the last 10 months and for many more to come. The incoming officers will have a tough hill to climb, but we can unequivocally say that APAS has risen above challenges before and this administration will not disappoint. It will take courage, dedication, creativity, and passion to help APAS survive and thrive in the next two years.  This administration mirrors the diverse community of which APAS serves in ethnic, language, age, profession, but with the common goal of representing one voice for the Asian community. The following are our 2021 & 2022 Executive Committee members:

Chair Wendy Jung Taiwan

1st Vice Chair Angel Cutno Korea

2nd Vice Chair Tu "Dave" Nguyen Vietnam

Secretary Nellie Underwood China

Treasurer Gerlie San Agustin Philippines

The 2020 Cecil J. Murphy Scholarships were awarded to Claire Min (Korea) from Haynes Academy and Katrina Nguyen (Vietnam) from Xavier University.

Congratulations to both of them for a job well done!


2021 APAS
2021 Virtual Fest
The annual APAS Asian Heritage Festival has gone virtual! Join our FB Live event to celebrate the many communities that make up APAS.  Thank you to all participants who shared their amazing talents and our event chairs Grace Chan and Chairwoman Wendy Jung.

For the 2021 Asian Heritage month, New Orleans VA hospital event chair, Lydia Chunn, requested APAS to prepare a virtual event. Ms. Sun Kim took charge and presented a fashion show of Korean and Vietnamese traditional clothes.
As the MC, Sula Kim from WDSU TV gave a description of APAS, and Sun Kim officiated the fashion show. Special thanks to the Filipino group and Zeno Pimentel leading their participation. The CEO of VA healthcare system, Fernando Rivera presented Sun Kim and Sula Kim with certificates.
View Pictures from Ms. Sun Kim

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