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SAVE THESE DATES: 2019 EVENTS - Check back later for more details

Tuesday, May 7, 2018 - Monday, June 17, 2019: APAA Link Gallery at City Hall Exhibit celebrating National Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, highlighting the iconic "social justice" photo taken by photographer Corky Lee in celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the Golden Spike, joining of the transcontinental railroads on May 10, 1869.

Saturday, May 11, 2019: Celebration Series: Asian Pacific American Heritage Month at Memorial Art Gallery. For complete listing of events, click here.

Wednesday, May 15, 2018:  Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month with APAA, 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM, Fairport Public Library Community Room, 1 Fairport Village Landing, Fairport, NY 14450

Children and their caregiver are invited to this fun, interactive storytime about Asian traditions and art!  Learn about the Year of the Pig, special holidays, the art of paper folding, make and decorate your own Chinese paper lantern, and savor a snack or two.  Presented by Mimi W. Lee and co-sponsored by the Asian Pacific Islander American Association.  Geared for children ages 2-5 but all children are welcome. Space is limited.  Please register

Friday, May 17, 2019, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm: APAA Link Gallery at City Hall Exibit Opening Reception

Co-sponsored by TruCare Connections, Inc. and Wegmans




Celebrating APAA's 15th Anniversary 2003-2018



APAA Invites you to Geva Theatre Center 
presents a staged reading of
A play by Prince Gomolvilas
On a clear day in Rochester, New York, in 1871, atop an observation tower that used to stand on Mount Hope Cemetery's highest point, thousands of locals witnessed a remarkable phenomenon which came to be known as "The Rochester Mirage." Several days later, a group of Rochesterians return to the scene of the strange occurrence. They include the cemetery groundskeeper who's been inspired to change his life and open his heart to the possibility of love; a new employee who seeks the courage to take on the enormous responsibility which has been placed upon his shoulders; and an outspoken woman who demands that the city's myriad secrets be brought to light. PANORAMA delves deep into a city's hidden history and uncovers the untold stories that helped shape this nation.
Monday, April 16, 2018, 7:00PM, Free Admission
Fielding Stage, Geva Theatre Center, 75 Woodbury Boulevard, Rochester, NY 14607   
Limited Seating
Prince Gomolvilas’s plays include Big Hunk o’ Burnin’ Love, the first of his three shows produced by East West Players, the nation’s longest-running theater of colorThe Theory of Everything, which won the PEN Center USA Literary Award for Drama and was published by Dramatic Publishing; and Mysterious Skinthe stage adaptation of the Scott Heim novel. His work has been staged across the United States, as well as in Canada, Singapore, Thailand, and the United Kingdom. He has received new-play commissions from Geva Theatre Center and South Coast Repertory, as well as from the education departments at the Alley Theatre and TheatreWorks. His work has been developed at the Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Center Theatre Group, La Jolla Playhouse, The Lark Theatre Company, and Ma-Yi Theatre Company. He received his MFA in Playwriting from San Francisco State University. His TEDx talk, “Mind the Gap,” is available on YouTube.




APAA invites you to The Little Theatre’s 



A film by Mouly Surya 2017 (Malaysia)

Thursday, March 29, 2018, 6:30 PM

The Little Theatre (Theatre #1) 

240 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14604

MARLINA tells the story of a young widow of the Indonesian’s hills of the island of Sumba. Attacked and robbed by a gang, Marlina defends herself by killing several men. The next day, she goes on a journey for justice, empowerment and redemption. But the road is long especially when the ghost of her headless victim decides to haunt her.

Panel Discussion After Movie

Wahyu S. Dilts is the President of the Board of Transformasi and a senior advisor to the Board of FIELD Indonesia, she is also the co-founder and advisor of The Dilts Foundation. Her work with farmers, local officials, street kids, and the poor in providing training, education and leadership opportunities has won her several awards, including Inspiring National Women Indonesia magazine in 2009, and Inspiring National Cosmopolitan Women in 2008. She also wrote and directed opera drama musicals with street children in Indonesia.

Christina Lee is a board member of APAA, and serves on the Advisory Committee for Memorial Art Gallery's Celebration Series: Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. She is a Unite Rochester Community Blogger for the Democrat and Chronicle, and is an adjunct assistant professor of anthropology and curriculum lead in Global Education and International Services at Monroe Community College.

Greta Niu, PhD. was a founding board member of APAA, a film and media scholar who has taught at the University of Rochester, and SUNY College at Brockport. Her research and classes encompass digital media, Chinese cinemas, Asian Pacific Islander American literature, film and gender issues. She is the Director of Grants at Planned Parenthood of Central and Western New York.  

Tickets:   General Admission - $9.00                  Member - $6.50

               Senior (62+) - $6.00                             Member Senior - $4.00

               Student (With ID) - $6.00                     Member Student - $5.00

               Military - $6.00

At the Box Office, mention you are an APAA Member for $1.00 off your ticket.


Gong Xi Fa Cai! Gung Hay Fat Choy! Happy Asian Lunar New Year of the Earth Dog! Join in the celebrations as Asian communities around the world, and Rochester, partakes in this most meaningful holiday arriving on Friday, February 16, 2018.

You are invited to APAA's Annual Asian Lunar New Year Fundraising Luncheon RESCHEDULED for Friday, March 16, 2018, 11:30-1:30 p.m. (due to the Nor'easter on March 2) at the GRAND SUPER BUFFET, 1100 Jeferson Road, Henrietta, NY 14623 (Corner of East Henrietta Road). 

Featuring Full Asian Buffet, Sushi Bar & BBQ Grill. Join us in celebrating the 15th day of the Lunar New Year - the Lantern Festival with great food, fun, networking and raffle prizes donated from our community. All proceeds benefit APAA programs for the Greater Rochester community. See below for a listing of our generous donors!

Reserve your seat today!

$18/person prepaid by Wednesday, 3/14; price increases to $25 after 3/14 and at the door (cash only). Includes tax, tip, a hot or cold drink, and one regular raffle ticket. Come enjoy special Lunar New Year dishes, meet new friends and greet old friends. Open seating. PRE-REGISTRSTION EXTENDED THROUGH THURSDAY, MARCH 15TH!

Checks should be postmarked by Saturday, 3/10 payable to APA-HIP, APAA/New Year Lunch, P.O. Box 10503, Rochester, NY 14610; please include attendee names, email address and phone number (for confirmation).

To pay by credit card or PayPal, please fill in the attendee names and click on the button. 

List Attendee Names

Hosted by volunteers; this is an outreach to share, promote and celebrate the Asian Lunar New Year, a timeless tradition of a rich heritage and culture celebrated by the Asian communities in the U.S. and overseas for centuries. All proceeds fund APAA programs to benefit the Greater Rochester Area community.

Special thanks to our generous donors for their raffle prizes and donations:

  1. Mara Ahmed
  2. Boyland Code
  3. Century Liquor & Wine
  4. Svetlana Dauria-Tkac
  5. Kidney Foundation
  6. Betty Lee
  7. Christina Lee
  8. Mimi W. Lee
  9. Lee's Oriental Foods
  10. Lifespan
  11. The Little Theatre
  12. Donald Lo
  13. Shirley Lynn
  14. MansaWear Boutique
  15. Mostly Clay
  16. Planned Parenthood
  17. Rochester Optical
  18. Travel Ease
  19. Longze Zhang

Asian Lunar New Year Luncheon Planning Committee:


Did you miss our tenth anniversary exhibit in 2013-2014?

"See Us Now...Greater Rochester's Asian American Community" premiered December 10, 2013 through Monday, January 27, 2014, Mon-Fri., 9 am - 5 pm., Rochester City Hall Link Gallery, 30 Church Street. Don't miss looking back at the APA community over the past ten years!

Available for a limited time, you can go online for the APAA OnCell Tour.

Read about it: