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CANCELLED Saturday, November 13, 2021: APAA/United Way presents the the third Asian Pacific American Leadership Development Program, Cancelled by United Way due to low attendance -- stay tuned for future programming.

The Asian Pacific American Leadership Development Program (APALDP) focuses on increasing and broadening the participation of Asian Pacific Americans in civic and volunteer leadership roles in the region and community. The program encourages community awareness, leadership, and networking in the Asian-Pacific community.


July 1 - Aug. 19, 2021 Thursdays 7:30 PM Free 8-Week Film Series -- In Solidarity: Celebrating Asian/Pacific American Directors at the Eastman Museum Dryden Theater, 900 East Avenue. Rochester, NY 

The George Eastman Museum is pleased to be partnering with the Asian/Pacific Islander/American Association of Greater Rochester on the free film series In Solidarity: Celebrating Asian/Pacific American Directors at our Dryden Theatre.

July 1 The Joy Luck Club (Wayne Wang, US/China 1993, 139 min., 35mm, English, Cantonese and Mandarin w/subtitles)

July 8 Boy (Taika Waititi, New Zealand 2010, 87 min., DCP)

July 15 Eat Drink Man Woman (Yin shi nan nu, Ang Lee, Taiwan 1994, 124 min., 35mm, Mandarin w/subtitles)

July 22 In the Family (Patrick Wang, US 2011, 167 min., DCP)

July 29 Picture Bride (Kayo Hatta, US/Japan 1995, 94 min., 35mm, English, Japanese w/subtitles) 

August 5 Columbus (Kogonada, US 2017, 100 min., DCP)

August 12 Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Wo hu cang long, Ang Lee, Taiwan/Hong Kong/US/China 2000, 120 min., 35mm, Mandarin w/subtitles)

August 19 Coming Home Again (Wayne Wang, US/South Korea 2020, 86 min., DCP) -- SPECIAL TREAT: Fortune cookies provided by Lee's Oriental Food & Gifts, 900 W Jefferson Rd, Suite 11, Rochester, NY 14623

This series is a partnership of the George Eastman Museum and the Asian/Pacific Islander/American Association of Greater Rochester; the Levine Center to End Hate at the Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester; and the PRISM Multicultural Center and Global Education and International Services at Monroe Community College. The series is sponsored by the William & Sheila Konar Foundation and Nocon & Associates, a private wealth advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC.


May 28, 2021 Rochester's Asian American and Pacific Islanders speak out after wave of intolerance

Amid the backdrop of rallies and marches elevating Black lives in America, a wave of violence against Asian Americans and Pacific Islander across the country during the COVID-19 pandemic also has entered the national conversation.

They routinely encounter prejudice that makes them feel like foreigners in their own country, according to interviews with Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders who live in Rochester or the surrounding suburbs.

RMSC The Changemakers: Rochester Women Who Changed the World
Exhibit (November 2020 - May 16, 2021) is now closed, but you can still read about the over 200 women in the physical exhibit, including the 25 women making an impact in the AAPI community on the Map of Change website below. RMSC will be posting another 100+ Changemakers onto the digital map from the original nomiations soon. Check back to see who they are, and you can nominate additional Changemakers in the link below.
Virtual Tour of Rochester Museum & Science Center The Changemakers Exhibit
See if you can locate all 25 of these women in the virtual tour!
  1. Enterprising Change: Hkadin Lahtaw Lee, Olivia Kim, Ngo Hna Sangaichho, Nancy Gong, Ruth Watanabe, Jeannie Hines-Clinton, Afshan Quereshi
  2. Organizing for Change: Byoung Baek, Samiha Islam, Mimi W. Lee, KaeLyn Rich, Linda Marshall
  3. Inventing Change: Mridula Nair, Louisa-Ong-Lee, Randy Barbara Kaplan
  4. Enterprising Change: Parvatha Chidambaram, Edline Chun, Karina Vattana, Marilyn Ajavananda, Tina MacIntyre-Yee, Mary Chao, Linda Sue Park, Mara Ahmed
  5. Standouts: Maggie Barry, Carolyn Ajavananda
Click to see where each Changemaker made her mark. Who knows? It could be right underneath your feet.

Is there another woman from our region or the Haudenosaunee Confederacy you think should be nominated as a Changemaker? Let us know who by filling in the form below. We will add them to the map to share their story and inspire others.


May 10, 2021 Out of the Rehearsal Hall By Geva Theatre Center -- Episode 3-2: The Changemakers

This episode features the Changemakers: Rochester Women Who Changed the World exhibit at the Rochester Museum and Science Center, which inspired Geva’s Tenacious Women project. We start by talking with Kathryn Murano Santos about the innovative and inclusive process that led to this exhibit. And then, sisters Mimi W. Lee and Lily Lee share the incredible inspiration of their mother, the events that led them to create the Asian/Pacific Islander/American Association of Greater Rochester, and the role of education in combating Anti-Asian hate. And in the final segment of the episode, we feature writer, editor and historian Joan Coles Howard and Youth History Ambassadors from Teen Empowerment, Tashiana Williams and Nino Irizarry in a discussion about the importance of sharing our history through generations.

May 10, 2021 Asian Pacific American Heritage Month  Storytime
Join Mimi Lee from APAA (Asian/Pacific Islander/American Association of Greater Rochester) and Miss Lauren from the Fairport Public Library to celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month at this storytime! Learn about the Chinese Zodiac animals, read a story together on how everyone has a voice to say something, be kind to one another, and how your voice can make a difference. Auntie Mimi will pay tribute in memory of her friend and mentor, Corky Lee, who impacted many lives through his photos and activism, and inspired her to do the same. This storytime will take place on Monday, May 10th at 9:30 am on Facebook.
May 1-6, 2021 at 7:30 PM GENseng will present Jeanne Sakata’s solo performance piece, Hold These Truths, about Gordon Hirabayashi, the Nisei activist who in 1941 defied the government’s curfew order, refused to sign the infamous “loyalty oath,” and sued the government for violating his civil rights.  Although he initially lost Hirabayashi v. United States, having taken his cases all the way to the Supreme Court, Hirabayashi lived to see both cases overturned and justice served in 1987.  GENseng is proud to be directing alumnus Russell James Allen (Class of ’13) in the starring role of Gordon in this free and ZOOMed concert version of the show.
May 2021 WXXI presents Asian Pacific American Heritage Month PBS LearningMedia Collection

Oncore presentation of Asian Americans 5-part documentary series Full Series On-Demand

APAA presents Asian Pacific American Our Experience in partnership with WXXI: Local Stories On-Demand 

Lily and Mimi Lee, Rev. DongKi Kim & Miki Kim, Mara Ahmed, Linda Marshall, Ra Family, Olivia Kim, Samila Islam, ​Parvatha Chidambaram, Jeannie CLinton, Karina Vattana, Dr. Theckadeth & Susan Mathew

Monday, April 19, 2021 at 6 PM Film showing of "Our Lost Years" by Lane Nishikawa via Zoom.
Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 7 PM Q&A with Lane Nishikawa via Zoom. Register here.
Sponsored by SUNY-Geneseo's Asian American Studies & Programming and GENseng: Geneseo's Asian American Performance Ensemble. Sansei director, actor, producer, poet, and activist Lane Nishigawa is a long-time firend and supporter of the performing arts at Geneseo. He was the inspiration for the establishment of GENseng in 1999. The San Diego chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), describes Our Lost Years: The San Diego Chapter JACL, working with Producer/Director Lane Nishikawa, produced a professional feature length educational documentary film, to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066. Our Lost Years examines how lives were challenged, how livelihoods were lost, how families persevered and started over, and how the generations who have followed, continue to feel the effect of the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. Though all of our Issei (First generation) have passed on, we witness through their children and grandchildren, how their lives would forever change, and their futures would be unknown. We utilized historic and personal footage and photos to authentically visualize the amazing stories of the entire West Coast Japanese communities.
April 2, 2021 Rally against Anti-Asian Hate  
Levine Center to End Hate "Asian Matters" 3-Part Series
  • March 21, 2021 Asian in Rochester: Our introductory session examined the diversity of Asian and Asian American communities in Greater Rochester, and the impacts of racism and xenophobia historically and more recently with the COVID-19 pandemic. Pilapa Esara Carroll, Natasha Chen Christensen, Christina Lee
  • April 11, 2021 Asian in Perspectives:  Three Asian Americans from different sectors of Greater Rochester come together to talk about common misperceptions of Asian Americans and the negative effect they have on the Asian American community. Hannah PK, Smriti Jacob, Frank Keophetiasy. Samiha Islam
  • May 2, 2021 Asian in Action: Local Asian American change-makers round out the final session of our series. Their activism on behalf of refugees, the LGBTQ+ community, and others breaks down divisions that can become a source of hate. Joshua Wu, Jeremy Tjhung, Soe Win, Tiana Stephens
Rallies in Support of Democracy for Myanmar
January 27, 2021: Remembering Corky Lee: APAA Honorary Board Member Lost to Covid




Saturday, February 22, 2020, 2 PM and 7 PM: Kim's Convenience by Ins Choi, A staged reading by GENseng Generations, Geneseo's Asian American Playhouse Ensemble, directed by Randy Barbara Kaplan, starring Hara Kang (Class of '05), Nancy Kim (Class of '06), Chuk Obasi (Class of '05), Ben Berstein (Class of '21). Lauren Ngo (Class of '21), Lucille Park (Class of '21), Free Admission at The Robert E. Sinclair Black Box Theatre, SUNY Geneseo 

**RESCHEDULED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS**Tuesday, March 24, 2020, 5 PM, Free admission: Lane Nishikawa's OUR LOST YEARS, SUNY Geneseo, Newton Hall 202.  Japanese American filmmaker, director, and actor Lane Nishikawa presents his feature length documentary examining the internment of the Japanese Americans during World War II and the ten year fight for redress and reparations (100 minutes). He is currently touring the film throughout the United States. Don't miss this free showing and talk with the filmmaker.

**CANCELLED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS**Monday, April 20, 2020, 7:00 PM: Asian Americans new PBS Documentary Series premiering in May for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month in May. Asian Americans is a five-hour film series that will chronicle the contributions and challenges of Asian Americans, the fastest-growing ethnic group in America. Personal histories and new academic research will cast a fresh lens on U.S. history and the role Asian Americans have played in it. Screening and Panel Discussion, Networking reception, The Little Theatre, 240 East Avenue, Rochester, NY
**CANCELLED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS**Sunday, May 3, 2020, 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM: Celebration Series: Asian Pacific American Heritage Month at Memorial Art Gallery 

**CANCELLED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS**Tuesday, May 5, 2020 - Monday, June 22, 2020: APAA Link Gallery at City Hall Exhibit celebrating National Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

**CANCELLED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS**Friday, May 8, 2020, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm: Opening Reception APAA Link Gallery at City Hall Exibit 

**CANCELLED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS**Tuesday, July 21, 2020:  Asia/Pacific Islander/American Story Telling Program & Craft, Learn about the Lunar New Year of the Rat, hear the story of the Chinese Zodiac, and discuss the cultural traditions of the Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese cultures with Mimi Lee of the Asia/Pacific Islander/American Association.  Storytelling, show and tell, songs, and simple craft included. Free program for school-aged children and their families.  Please call to reserve your spot, 624-6067. Limited to 25 children. 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM, Mendon Public Library Community Room, 22 North Main St., Honeoye Falls, NY 14472

November 2020 - May 2021: RMSC The Changemakers: Rochester Women Who Changed the WorldStories of women who changed the world right in our back yard. The physical exhibit runs through May 16, 2021. Come visit and learn about the following women who made an impact on the AAPI community in Greater Rochester:

  1. Advocating for Change:  Nancy Gong, Jeannie Hines-Clinton, Olivia Kim, Hkadin Lahtaw Lee, Afshan Quereshi, Ngo Hna Sangachho, Ruth Taiko Watanabe
  2. Enterprising Change: Mara Ahmed, Parvatha Chidambaram, Edline Chun, Louisa Ong-Lee, Marilyn Ajavananda, Mary Chao, Tina MacIntyre-Yee, Linda Sue Park
  3. Inventing Change: Randy Barbara Kaplan, Mridula Nair, Karina Vatanna
  4. Organizing for Change: Byoung Joo Baek, Samila Islam, Mimi W. Lee, Kaelyn Elizabeth Lee, Linda Marshall

Read their stories and the other nominated women on the virtual map.

Exhibit closed May16, 2021. Visit the virtual tour.




Tuesday, May 7, 2019 - 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: