AAPI History Month

AAPI History Month Written by: Cas Hom, SDSU Asian Pacific Islander Social Work Association  In the United States, the month of May is designated as Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month (AAPI Heritage Month). First introduced by Jeanie Jew, a Chinese American staffer on Capitol Hill in 1976, AAPI Heritage Month is meant to…

How to Respond to Anti-Asian Harassment

How to Respond to Anti-Asian Harassment Written by: Cas Hom, SDSU Asian Pacific Islander Social Work Association  What is Happening Discrimination and hate crimes have been on the minds of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community in the past few years, and rightfully so. Although anti-AAPI hate is not new, prejudice, discrimination, and…

We Have Our Pride

Written by: Anny Nguyen, SDSU Asian Pacific Islander Social Work Association February 1st marked the rise of the second new moon after the winter solstice and the beginning of Lunar New Year. Lunar New Year is a celebration that can last for 15 days until the arrival of the first full moon. In 2022, we…

As 2021 Comes to an End…

Written by: Ann Huynh, SDSU Asian Pacific Islander Social Work Association Trigger Warning: Mention of Anti-AAPI Hate Crimes As we approach the final weeks of 2021, many of us may be going through a time of reflection about how this year has gone. As reported by NBC News, the Asian Pacific Islander population saw over a…

UPAC Holiday Drive

Many of the clients UPAC serves are low-income and the past year and a half has created even greater financial hardships. These struggles make it difficult to maintain stability, especially during the holidays, a time when families should be able to come together and enjoy spending time with their loved ones. We’re looking for generous…

Stop AAPI Hate

We are deeply saddened by the news of shooting deaths of eight individuals, including six Asian women, at three spa establishments in Atlanta on Tuesday night.  In spite of the fact that the man charged denied his killings were racially motivated, the tragic deaths occurred during a time when our nation has experienced a dramatic…

COVID-19 Response

COVID-19 Response

As the COVID-19 pandemic sweeps the country, we stand committed as ever to serve our local communities. Our vital programs and services that focus on mental health, addiction treatment and recovery, health education, and community development are continuing in modified and safe ways, as we know our underserved populations need us right now. Families who…

Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and we’re teaming up with partners across the US to share resources and break the stigma that suicide brings. According to CDC data, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the US and there were an estimated 1.4 million suicide attempts in 2018. The data is…

UPAC in the News!

Recently, UPAC has been highlighted by local media outlets! View our coverage below. ABC 10News Story on Youth Employees at NEC  Union Tribune Op-Ed Trio on the impact of COVID-19 on AAPI populations   Margaret Iwanaga Penrose: Mental health challenges among AAPI populations are hitting a critical point Dr. William Tseng: The pandemic puts Asian…