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Culture and Community: Van Tour of Asian American & Pacific Islander Communities in the San Fernando Valley

Friday, September 23, 2016
10:00am - 2:30pm PDT
To be announced.
Members: $0.00
Non-Members: $0.00
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Nestled in the suburban communities of the San Fernando Valley (SFV) there are many API cultures and languages—from Mandarin, Japanese, and Korean to Thai, Hindi, and Tagalog.

Join Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy – LA Chapter (AAPIP-LA), The Asian Pacific Community Fund, and SCG for a special van tour and lunch to explore the rich heritage of API communities outside of the usual “ethnic enclaves.”

Together we'll learn about affordable housing, mental health, small businesses, youth engagement, and other critical issues for this region. 

On the tour, we'll visit nonprofits working in the underserved Asian & Pacific Islander communities, identify funding gaps, and learn how we as funders can make an impact and meet this need. 

The Tour:

The tour will begin with a brief history of API communities in the San Fernando Valley, tracing back to the early 20th century in the days of redlining. Then we'll learn about contemporary issues from community service organizations including a tour of the Palm Village Senior Housing Project in Sun Valley.

Next participants will experience a traditional Kamayan-style Filipino meal for lunch and hear about API youth in the SFV. The tour will conclude with tasty treats at a Sherman Oaks dessert shop—an example of a local API small business whose success has been enhanced with the assistance of a community organization.

Participating Organizations and Speakers - More to Come!

  • Asian Youth Center
  • Koreatown Youth & Community Center
  • Search to Involve Pilipino Americans & Asian & Pacific Islander Small Business Program
  • Thai Community Development Center

We hope you can join us for this fascinating tour!


This event is co-sponsored by:



More Statistics on API Communities:

  • APIs compromise nearly 13% of the San Fernando Valley, with mostly Filipino and Korean along with smaller groups of Thai, Vietnamese, and Indian.
  • Many API ethnic groups are limited English proficient, particularly Korean (60%), Thai (52%), and Bangladeshi (50%).
  • API seniors are more likely to spend more than half of their income on rent, especially Japanese, Chinese, and Thai seniors.
  • One in five API youth have considered suicide, more than any other racial group.
  • APIs own over 180,000 businesses in LA County, employing over 360,000 people – more than any other racial group except whites.


No cost to particpate

Who May Attend:
Current AAPIP members, SCG members, and other grantmakers eligible for SCG membership.

SCG members: register online. You must log in to your SCG account to register.

Eligible non-members and AAPIP-LA members: please register by submitting full contact information to [email protected]

You may choose to attend only the lunch portion of the event by selecting this option on the registration page.

Van departure location and directions will be available for registrants closer to the date of the event.

Lunch Location and Time:
Bamboo Bistro
8516 Van Nuys Blvd, Panorama City, CA 91402

Lunch will begin at 11:20am.

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