APAICS History Timeline
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Explore the Legacy of
APAICS
Since 1994

Founded in 1994 by former secretary Norman Y. Mineta and former Delegate Robert Underwood, the APAICS has been at the forefront of supporting the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus with programs and events like the Annual Awards Gala Dinner that focus on developing leadership, building public policy knowledge, and filling the political pipeline for Asian Pacific Americans to pursue public office at the local, state, and federal levels.

1993
10
MEMBERS OF CONGRESS
Robert Underwood assumes office as US Delegate from Guam

Co-founded CAPAC and APAICS (1994); CAPAC Chair 1997-2001

1994
9
MEMBERS OF CONGRESS
Inaugural APAICS Gala
1995
9
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APAICS Gala 1995

President Bill Clinton attended as keynote speaker

1996
8
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APAICS Gala 1996

President Bill Clinton attended as keynote speaker; other attendees included Norman Mineta

1997
8
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APAICS Gala 1997

Attendees included Steven Grossman, Patricia Harrison, and emcee Amy Hill

1998
8
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APAICS Gala 1998

Rodney Slater attended as keynote speaker; Jocelyn Enriquez and Chris Tashima emceed.

1999
9
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APAICS Gala 1999

Bill Richardson attended as keynote speaker; other attendees included Daniel Inouye and emcee Shari Chan Macias.

2000
8
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APAICS Gala 2000

President Bill Clinton attended as keynote speaker; other attendees included George Aratani, Daniel Inouye, Bill Richardson, and emcee John Yang.

2001
9
MEMBERS OF CONGRESS
APAICS Gala 2001

Secretary Norman Mineta attended as keynote speaker; other attendees included Ming E. Chang, Robert Underwood, and emcee Joie Chen.

2002
9
MEMBERS OF CONGRESS
APAICS Gala 2002

Attendees included emcee Joie Chen.

2003
8
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APAICS Gala 2003

Attendees included emcees Tamlyn Tomita and Garrett Wang.

2004
7
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APAICS Gala 2004

Attendees included Secretary Norman Mineta and emcee Sonya Crawford.

2005
9
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APAICS Gala 2005

Attendees included emcee David Louie.

2006
8
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APAICS Gala 2006

Secretary Norman Mineta attended as keynote speaker; other attendees included Ed Moy, Elaine Chao, Daniel Inouye, and emcee Eun Yang.

2007
8
MEMBERS OF CONGRESS
APAICS Gala 2007

Secretary Norman Mineta attended as keynote speaker; other attendees included Elaine Chao, George Ariyoshi, Daniel Inouye, Eni Faleomavega, and emcee Sachi Koto.

2008
8
MEMBERS OF CONGRESS
APAICS Gala 2008

Attendees included Stewart Kwoh and emcees Yul Kwon and Rebekah S. Lee.

2009
10
MEMBERS OF CONGRESS
APAICS Gala 2009

Governor Gary Locke attended as keynote speaker; other attendees included emcee George Takei.

2010
10
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APAICS Gala 2010

Attendees included Ming E. Chang, Reggiei Aggarwal, M. Farook Sait, Ed Chow, and emcee Sonya Ganvankar.

2011
10
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APAICS Gala 2011

Attendees included Deepa Iyer and emcee Daniel Dae Kim.

2012
11
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APAICS Gala 2012

President Barack Obama attended as keynote speaker; other attendees included Floyd Mori, Karen Narasaki, CC Yin, and emcee Leonardo Nam.

2013
14
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APAICS Gala 2013

Vice President Joe Biden attended as keynote speaker; other attendees included Jose Antonio Vargas, Mazie Hirono, and emcee Eun Yang.

2014
12
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APAICS Gala 2014

George Takei attended as keynote speaker; other attendees included Grace Meng and emcees Paul Song and Lisa Ling.

2015
14
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APAICS Gala 2015

Vivek Murthy attended as keynote speaker; other attendees included emcees Tamlyn Tomita and Jenny Yang.

2016
13
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APAICS Gala 2016

President Barack Obama and Secretary Hillary Clinton attended as keynote speakers; other attendees included Xavier Beccera and emcees Paresh Cheena and Sonal Shah.

2017
17
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APAICS Gala 2017

Senator Cory Booker attended as keynote speaker; other attendees included emcee Elaine Quijano.

2018
16
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APAICS Gala 2018

Attorney General Gurbir Grewal attended as keynote speaker; other attendees included Daniel Dae Kim and emcees Tamlyn Tomita and Sonya Gavankar.