This site, foundasian.org, launched in January 2010. It replaces hapihour.org, the blog counterpart to the happy hour series called “(H)API Hour” that promoted progressive Asian American and Pacific Islander organizations, issues, events and people.
(H)API Hour was originally founded in 2000 by community activists Linda Li, David Chiu (now President of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors), Khin Mai Aung, Monty Agarwal, Gavin Funabiki, Phil Ting (now San Francisco Assessor-Recorder), Jane Kim (now Vice President of the San Francisco Board of Education) and Victor Hwang.
Since its first San Francisco event in July 2000, (H)API Hour has raised the profile of and thousands of dollars for AAPI nonprofits and issues, including: 1830 Sutter (Japantown Y), AABA CRC, AAJA (SF and LA), AATC, Angel Island Foundation, APALSA Conference, APAs for an Informed California/No on Prop 54, API Legal Outreach, API Wellness, Asata, Asian Law Caucus, Asian Neighborhood Design, Asian Pacific Environmental Network, Asian Women’s Shelter, CAA, CCDC, Chinatown Beacon Center, Committee for Human Rights in the Phillipines, Community Educational Services, East West Players (LA), emPower/APIForce, GAPA, Hapa Issues Forum, Hyphen Magazine, Jackson Street Residential Program/Asian Focus Unit, JCYC, KEEP, KAC-SF, KSW, Lanuola, Locus, NAATA, Narika, OASES, Stop Oakland Chinatown Evictions.
We don’t run regular happy hours in LA anymore, but our initial supporters and volunteers in Los Angeles included: Alice Lee, Catlin Nguyen, Diane Tanaka, Darrell Miho, Emmy Lam, Emilia Hwang, Evangeline Reyes, Laurie Sumiye, Herbert Hu, Jason Park, James Lee, Janelle Hamabata, Jhemon Lee, James Toma, Kevin Chiang, Richard Kim, Karin Wang, Lilly Rewruja, Ling-Ling Chang, Jack Wai, Marilyn Lin, Wendy Lin, Mauricio Hirano, Michelle Suzuki, Michelle Hu, Mike Fong, Joy de Leon, Satomi Furugaki, Sarah Park, Steve Chee, Wayne J Pan, Ellen Li, Yumi Higa and Young Hoo Kim.
A decade later, a new generation of folks now run similar community-serving happy hours — such YFPA’s monthly networking mixers and Drink for a Cause run by Dave Lu and others — so I kept hapihour.org (the website) and an email list of 1,300+ Bay Area folks to continue sharing information about Asian American and Pacific Islander events and issues.
But since I don’t regularly run happy hours anymore, the “hapihour” name wasn’t as relevant anymore. “Foundasian” is not a real word either, but I thought it might be a clever domain name.
I imported some, but not all, of the content from hapihour.org so that site will remain live for now since some of the blog posts generate search traffic. I’ll continue sharing here the same types of information related to Asian American and Pacific Islander news, events, organizations, issues and people.
Of course there’s still room to engage in events that serve the Asian American, Pacific Islander and broader communities. In those cases, I plan on collaborating with BayAreaBenefit.org, which is being led by Keesa Ocampo. I have already converted sponsorship invitations to hapihour.org into opportunities for BayAreaBenefit.org to support the upcoming San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival and the inaugural show of Kollaboration San Francisco.
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