SDAAFE Newsletter June 2018

June 2018


Fundraising for Bonnie Dumanis

2018 Mayoral Award Winners

Partnership with Solutions for Change

2018 Yucai Cup Legislative Essay Contest



Fundraising for Bonnie Dumanis

SDAAFE and San Diego Entrepreneur Yu Jianqiang made a joint fundraising dinner at the China Max Restaurant on May 23rd for Bonnie Dumanis, the County Supervisor candidate of the 4th District. Steve Xie, executive vice president, said that Dumanis was the county attorney general who had lived in San Diego for four consecutive terms and was once called “San Diego’s Most Powerful Politician” by the newspaper. During her tenure, she committed herself to maintaining law and order and cracked down on crimes, greatly reducing the crime rate in San Diego.

Dumanis told everyone that during her tenure as attorney general, she investigated and dealt with various crimes. She deeply felt that solving social problems could not rely solely on legal sanctions. Therefore, she resolutely entered the election of county supervisor and continued her service for the local people from the aspects of policy formulation and budget allocation. She also emphasizes her long-time experience as a lawyer, judge, and prosecutor, and she can immediately handle the issue after the election.

Many Cambodian, Chinese and Taiwanese attended the fundraising event. They exchanged views with Dumanis on issues of concern such as homeless, drug abuse, and illegal immigration. The atmosphere was enthusiastic.


2018 Mayoral Award Winners

May 21, 2018

Today San Diego Asian Americans for Equality (SDAAFE) and Alliance of Chinese Americans of San Diego (ACA) jointly announce and congratulate the recipients and runner-ups of the 2018 Mayor’s Student Recognition Award:


Award Recipients:

Angela Liu, Annie Lu, Jacqueline Tong, Ethan Wang



Perry S. Chen, Karen Ting, Stephen Young, Emily Zhang

Student Bios:

Perry S. Chen is a high school senior at Canyon Crest Academy whose love of drawing, storytelling, and filmmaking led him on a path of a child film critic, later a young animator and director. At age ten, he animated the 2011 award-winning, Oscar-qualifying animated short Ingrid Pitt: Beyond the Forest. His animation directorial debut in honor of his late father, Changyou’s Journey, won multiple national & film festival top awards, including National YoungArts Foundation Cinematic Arts Finalist Award, Scholastic Art and Writing National Gold Medal & New York Life Foundation Award, and U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts Semifinalist.

Angela Liu, a junior at Torrey Pines High School, is an active student leader who is passionate about serving her community. As the Lab Intern at the San Diego Coastkeeper, Angela tests water from watersheds and publishes data on the water quality online so San Diegans can see how clean their water is. She is the president of her school’s branch of the Youth Care Club, the Student Assistant Coordinator for her elementary school’s Science Olympiad team, and one of the Chairs of TPHS’ Best Buddies Club, which promotes inclusion for students with disabilities. As Editor in Chief of her school’s newspaper, the Falconer, and Assistant Editor in Chief of JOURNYS, a student-produced science magazine, Angela is passionate about writing and informing the public.

Annie Lu is a junior at CCA who heads her school’s community service club, the Youth Care Club. She is interested in the issue of education inequality in rural regions, having organized fundraisers to sponsor the education of impoverished children and spearheaded a teaching mission last summer. An avid reader and writer particularly fascinated by history and anthropology, she would like to study public policy in the future. She is also a varsity tennis player and accomplished competitive pianist.

Karen Ting, a Sophomore in Westview High School, has learned the importance of trust, faith, and communication through her many volunteer services with San Diego Zoo Corps, Tzu Shao, Girl Scouts, Women in Computer Science and Peer Counseling. Karen talked about how she was rewarded with confidence and friendship after joining Tzu Shao, a volunteering organization. She found that it was tremendously satisfying when performing in Taiwan when finding her audience touched and crying at the end of the show. Karen is eager to help people directly and locally; and has already done so through sharing her stories of how to navigate high school life through peer counseling and other community services.

Jacqueline Tong, a Junior in Westview High, is full of resilience and quiet energy. She is steadfast on her Christian faith and values community over competition. Jacqueline has participated in many community services, spending countless hours in volunteering for her church by serving as an interpreter, teaching Sunday school, coordinating youth music worship and organizing mission trips to China. When she had to go through a brain surgery in early 2017, it seemed that life is throwing her a curveball. Yet, she did not give up. Although she couldn’t attend the China Mission that she organized for that summer, she still raised more than two thousand dollars for the trip. She also chose to participate in a speech competition to inspire the others. Her article on what she has learned through sickness has aroused international responses. Jacqueline also founded Westview Young Leaders in Healthcare and Jacky Letters, a calligraphy charity organization, to engage more youths in medicine and to raise money for underprivileged children in the world.

Ethan Wang, a junior at Canyon Crest Academy, grew up immersed in the vitality of Taiwanese culture. In high school, from developing a strong attachment to his heritage he established the Taiwanese/Chinese Student Association. With a mission to promote cultural appreciation throughout the community, he led his organization and arranged fundraisers, an acupuncture demonstration, and a lion dance performance. Ethan is also involved in Tzu Chi Youth, participating in recycling services, food bank services, and performing piano for the sick and elderly. Dedicating 10 years to practicing piano, he has been invited to debut at Carnegie Hall this December.

Stephen Young is a student at the Canyon Crest Academy. He is on CCA’s Champion Varsity Academic Team. He loves funny jokes, politics, poems, coffee, chess, and cats. He enjoys watching ER and Grey’s Anatomy, playing cello and tennis since both have string waves. He is the National President of Alliance of Youth Leaders in the United States (AYLUS), the Principal Cellist of the San Diego Youth Symphony and the International Youth Symphony. He is passionate about helping brain injury patients and is the winner of 4 PVSA Gold Medals.

Emily Zhang is a junior at Torrey Pines High School. She is passionate, warm-hearted, motivated, and excels both in her academic studies and community service. Among many volunteering activities she has participated in, the most notable one is her volunteering at the Carmel Valley Library to inspire youths to learn science. She built the team and developed an exciting STEM educational program at the library. She is also a dedicated coordinator and editor of a science journal, JOURNYS, at her school. In her free time, Emily loves music, reading, gardening, and traveling.

About MSRA:

MSRA was first established in early 2015 by Mayor Kevin Faulconer and eight San Diego Asian Pacific Islander American Organizations, to recognize local Asian American high school students for their hard work, academic achievements and community services.  By recognizing these students, we hope to promote and develop next generation civic leaders who will engage and represent the Chinese American community. The mayor of San Diego will present the award to recipients at San Diego City Council.

About Award Selection Process:

To ensure complete impartiality in selection of recipients and to maintain a high level of professionalism, the Mayoral Award Review Committee consist of respected local community leaders as well as executives from local industries. Two rounds of selection are put in place this year. The first round of selection is based on the student’s submitted application materials with 10 judges of leaders from local schools, community organizations. The second round of selection involves an interview for which the selected candidates are expecting to give a short presentation, followed by questions of the 5 judges of recognized community activists. The final decision is based on the results from the two rounds of selections.

About Award Co-Hosts:

San Diego Asian Americans for Equality(SDAAFE) is a nonpartisan and nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering Asian Americans to win equal opportunity and justice through active participation in civic and public affairs in San Diego County. It is the only nonpartisan Asian American Political Action Committee in San Diego County with over 1700 subscribers. SDAAFE is among the eight founding member organizations of MSRA award.

Alliance of Chinese Americans San Diego (ACA) is a nonprofit (501c3) organization dedicated to serving the Chinese community of San Diego.  ACA assists Chinese newcomers in achieving the American Dream, by working to create and maintain an inclusive, diverse, and harmonious region.  ACA promotes policies that advance its core values – equality, freedom, and justice – and advocates on behalf of every individual’s right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.


Partnership with Solutions for Change

May 25,2018

San Diego Asian Americans for Equality (SDAAFE) announces the partnership with Solutions for Change to investigate the positive solutions to help the homeless community, which has been a glaring issue all through the San Diego County for a long time. Based on the latest report, 8,576 homeless individuals were counted on January 26, 2018 countywide. ( )

Solutions for Change (SFC) ( is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to helping the homeless community. The admission policy is to help the homeless families who are willing to accept help and to remain sober. Providing these families with the professional training that could help them find a sustainable job, SFC turns the homeless people into who create values for the entire society.

“We have visited Solutions for Change multiple times. We both agree on personal responsibilities which SFC emphasizes while helping the homeless families. SFC provides a social ladder for those homeless families who are willing to get out of the homeless status. The Asian culture also encourages us to help those people in need”, says Shawn He, the president of SDAAFE.

Amber Gann, a graduated homeless helped by SFC, states, “The homeless shelters do not work for us because there is no criteria about who can get in. Drug dealers, gang members and all sorts of chaos make that place not safe for my kids at all. Solutions For Change not only provides my family the safe environment, but also provides me the hope to get a job. I am now a proud tax payer.”

Chris Megison, the CEO and President of Solutions for Change, says, “Solutions for Change is committed to empowering homeless families, moving them from a life of dependency on government programs, to a life of self-sufficiency and purpose.”

Because the strict admission policy was considered “discrimination” to those addicted to alcohol or drugs, SFC lost its funding from the government. Hence, SFC relies on donations to help the homeless community. SDAAFE encourages the Asian American community to investigate more about SFC and donate to SFC directly if moved. So far, at least 2 voting members from SDAAFE started their monthly support to SFC.

There will be a graduation ceremony hosted by Solutions for Change on 06/04/2018, from 630pm to 8pm. You are cordially invited to join the ceremony for free. You will have an opportunity to witness how SFC and your donations would change the lives of homeless families. The venue to host the ceremony event is at North Coast Church. The address is 2405 N. Santa Fe Ave, Vista, CA 92084. We look forward to seeing you there.

Founded in 2014 and based in San Diego, SDAAFE believes in “engage to empower” and encourages Asian Americans to be more involved in the local and public affairs.


2018 Yucai Cup Legislative Essay Contest


  • Subject: California Senate Bill SB-174 Public Employment: Eligibility (2017-2018) is currently being debated and voted in California Senate. Assuming you are a California State Legislator, will you support the bill or oppose it? Why? Please do your own research and write an essay to support your decision.  Please clearly list out your references.
  • Resource:
  • Participant: Grade K-12 San Diego Local School Students.
  • Groups:
    • Varsity Level:  500 – 800 words (not including title and reference lines)
    • Booster Level:  Less than 500 words (not including title and reference lines)
  • Time line:
    • Deadline for submission:  August 10, 2018. Email to:
  • Judging:
    • 30% Writing Skills and Grammar
    • 35% Arguments
    • 35% Research and Supporting data
    • Essays will be rated by local writing experts and local political leaders.
  • Awards:
    • Best essay writers on both sides of the argument will be awarded with generous prizes by SDAAFE. The award certificates will be issued by legislator’s office.
    • Monetary awards for top Varsity Level essays (of opinions on both sides of the argument): $300 for top essays; $200 for 2nd place essays; $100 for 3rd place essays.
    • Trophy awards for top Booster Level essays.
    • Winning essays will be published on SDAAFE website to honor participating students, although they will not represent SDAAFE opinions.
    • Participant’s effort will count as volunteer hours at SDAAFE.
  • Essay Style Requirement:
    • File Type — Your essay should be submitted as a word .doc or .xdoc file
    • Font — Use the popular Times New Roman font, easy to read 12 pt font size.
    • Spacing — Your essay should be double spaced.
    • Length — Not counting title and references.
    • References — Your essay must include a list of at least three references which you consulted. These references can be from printed or online sources.
    • Style Guide — You may use either the MLA, Chicago or APA style manual for citations and refer­ence formatting.
    • Do — Please make sure you fill out the application form and sign the waiver on Page 3 of this document by yourself and your legal guardian.
    • Don’t — Please do Not type in your name within the essay, or in any other way convey or imply your personal identity in the essay, as all essays will be rated anonymously.

Download the Application Form

Email your application and essay to:

Question about the contest:

Deadline: 11:59pm, August 10, 2018



San Diego Asian Americans For Equality (SDAAFE) Foundation is a California Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation, a 501(c)(4) organization. SDAAFE PAC is a non-partisan Political Action Committee affiliated and sponsored by the Foundation.

Our mission is to advocate full equality for San Diego Asian Americans through the following means,

  1. Promoting active involvement in public affairs.
  2. Promoting Asian American values.
  3. Defending our community interests and mobilizing Asian American community on issues of concern.
  4. Endorsing political candidates and political parties in elections.

We have been working hard to unite Asian Americans to voice our concern on issue regarding California legislature SCA5 since early 2014. We believe that it’s against the constitutional human right and it’s not fair and equal to all groups. Since the 2014 November Election, we have teamed up with other Asian advocate groups to motivate Asian American voter go out to vote. Together, we boosted the turnout rate of Asian voters and especially Chinese American voters, which historically is the least active voting group.

Since 2015, SDAAFE have been actively involved in community service, reaching out to some families with urgent needs and have built up relationship with Town Council, Lion’s Club, PUSD Advisory Committees, AACE, San Diego Chinese Association, APAC, APAPA and other Asian and non-Asian community organizations. We have also helped conduct the first San Diego API Student Mayoral Recognition Award with the Mayor’s office.

SDAAFE has been actively involved in social issues that concerns the Asian community. Major issues involved in 2015 included: Mr. Yukong Zhao’s Harvard admission complaint,  Petition drive “Privacy For All” regarding toilet rights in public schools. Support of NYPD officer Peter Liang, etc.




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