Founded in April 2002, Asian / Pacific Islander / American History Project of Greater Rochester (APA-HiP) is a not-for-profit corporation committed to collecting, documenting and preserving the history of Asian / Pacific Islander / Americans (APA) in Greater Rochester, New York. APAA incorporated with our 501(c)3 not-for-profit status in September 2003, and will be celebrating our 15th anniversary this year in 2018.
Mission: APAA is committed to a stronger Greater Rochester Area community where diverse Asian/Pacific Islander American (APA) peoples are valued, and their heritages and histories are preserved and celebrated.
While we primarily document, preserve and promote written, oral and visual histories, we also promote communication and relationships between various Asian and Pacific Islander ethnic groups and help foster a sense of pride in belonging to the Greater Rochester community. Hence, in 2008, we broadened our name to Asian Pacific American Association of Greater Rochester (APAA). Toward these goals, we initiated projects such as the:
- oral history project (audio and videotaping personal historical accounts)
- documentary heritage project (surveying and cataloging our community's historical documents), and
- establishing special-themes events to celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage month in May, and other Asian festivals.
We have produced an annual film series, a documentary of our own, various community photography projects, lectures, presentations, and video and photo exhibits. We have collaborated and partnered with many educational and cultural organizations and institutions in the Greater Rochester community.