We passed a historic Data Resolution!

We passed and implemented a historic Data Resolution! Together with OUSD’s Office of Equity, AYPAL recently implemented a Disaggregated Data Resolution originally passed in 2016, expanding the scope of the resolution to apply to ALL students! This is the first resolution of it’s kind to disaggregate data for Asian Pacific Islander, LatinX, and African Immigrant students! There is also an increase of catagories students can identify as when they enroll, eliminating situations where they previously had to mark themselves as “Other”. Check out this student produced video from KDOL for more info! Shouts out to former Youth Campaign Organizer Jamie for being a part of the interviews! We hope this video offers an example of what other school districts and city’s everywhere can do to increase the visibility of underrepresented students and communities. We hope this offers insight as to why we need ethnic studies, No Hxstory No Self, KNOW Hxstory, KNOW Self. #WeHere

We passed and implemented a historical data resolution! from Joshua Fisher Lee (AYPAL) on Vimeo.

20th Annual May Arts Recap! Thank You!


On Saturday May 12th AYPAL youth leaders celebrated the 20th Annual AYPAL May Arts Festival, using culture as a tool to fight against displacement in Oakland! This event took place at Lincoln Square Park, the highest used Parks and Rec facility in the city, yet the park is right in the middle of several market rate housing developments being built over the next two years. These developments have the potential to completely shift the community as we know it. #WeHere to make sure public space continues to be utilized by longtime residents.


Check out full recap photos on our FB:

20th annual May Arts Festival announced

Join us Saturday May 12th, 2018 for the 20th Annual May Arts Festival “From The Soil: Stay Rooted” at Lincoln Park in Oakland Chinatown! Check out below for details and performance lineups!

Free entry and food! All ages welcome!

Links to community resources, giveaways, and services

Youth Performances:

Guerilla Theatre

Khmer Coconut Dance

Robam Konsaeng Snea

Spoken Word


Vietnamese Northern Hat Dance

Visual Arts

Community Performances:

Kiwi Illafonte





Don Don

Ally Performances:

Hip Hop Alumni Cypher

APEN Elder Members


To be a part of this event as a tabler, sponsor, or more please fill out the following form:

AYPAL Prom is this Week! Celebrating 20 years of AYPAL!

Did you get your tickets for AYPAL Prom “Cranes In The Sky”?! Now is the time!

The AYPAL community is celebrating 20 years of building API youth power in the Town. Join staff, alumni, advisory board members, allies, partners, and friends for a special prom night! Get on the dance floor, laugh over 20 years of memories, and enjoy a night out together – all for the love of AYPAL. Bring your partner, your friends, your fam, or just bring you!

DJs | Raffle Prizes | Food, Drinks and More!


Early Bird tickets: SOLD OUT
General Admission tickets – $30
Door tickets – $40 (price at the door)

*NEW* limited edition AYPAL apparel will be available on a first come first serve basis! Arrive on time, they will go fast!

The Akonadi Foundation
Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN)
API Equality – Northern California (APIENC)
Asian Prisoner Support Committee (APSC)
Asians 4 Black Lives
Bay Peace (Better Alternatives for Youth)
Chinese Progressive Association
Cycles of Change / The Oakland Bikery
HOBAK (Hella Organized Bay Area Koreans)
Intechional Web & Mobile Development
Movement Generation
The SEAC Village
SOUL school of unity & liberation
Vietnamese Youth Development Center

+ Many individuals connected to allied organizations

Find out more at: tickets and sponsorship opportunities still available on a limited basis as of this message. We look forward to seeing you there!

New Chinatown / Black Arts District Tool Available

As part of AYPAL’s 3rd Annual “FOB: Fresh Off the Block Youth Arts Exhibit” which happened Thursday December 21st, 2017, AYPAL is excited to share a new tool created to better understand the potential impacts of all the new developments coming into our communities. Below is a link to a live map that allows users to click on various projects in and around Chinatown that have the potential to greatly change the community, as well as descriptions of the ways youth and community have been fighting to keep our communities in tact and thriving. This is a live document and information is subject to change, check it out by clicking the image below!

Click the image to get access to the map!


19th annual may arts festival “rooted in culture” highlights!

May Arts highlight video shot and edited by Stevie Sanchez of EastSide Arts Alliance now available below! 6.22.17


There is still time to give to our #WeHere campaign to keep our movement to protect our communities going!



Original post with photos 6.18.17

Thank you to everyone who attended, performed, donated, ate, built connections, laughed, cried, and cheered at AYPAL’s 19th Annual May Arts Festival “Rooted In Culture” at Lincoln Square Park in Chinatown! #WeHere and we ain’t goin no where! Support youth protecting Oakland culture!

On Saturday May 13th hundreds of community members enjoyed youth performances protecting our cultures and communities. Check out some images below from our photographer Sunshine V! Check out more on our Facebook page here.

Ieumsae Drummers open the space up with a contingent through the park

AYPAL youth Mien Dancers in full regalia awaiting the stage

DJ Edel repping for the class of 17′ at May Arts

Pat working on live art inspired by the event throughout the day

Members of APEN doing a Tai Chi activity with attendees

Hip Hop dancers breaking it down

The Guerilla Theater performance offered a glimpse into our struggles, and our resiliency and power

A crew of AYPAL youth leaders take the stage for a round of applause!

Check out more pictures on our facebook page here.

Interested in supporting AYPAL? Check out our page on RAZOO:

Thank you to our co-sponsor’s:

Thank you to all of our funders:

The California Endowment

The Oakland Public Education Fund

The Penney Family Fund

The Clorox Foundation

Hella Heart Giving Circle

Southeast Asia Resource Action Center

“Raising AAPI Youth Visibility” Report Released!


We are pleased to announce the “Visibility for AAPI Youth” report published by Asian Health Services, AYPAL: Building API Community Power, and Banteay Srei! This report analyzes disaggregated data from over 400 Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) completed youth surveys in Oakland public schools. The fact that a data set of this kind, which highlights the various experiences within the large AAPI umbrella, did not previously exist has been the primary motivation behind collecting and creating this report. We hope this document sheds light on the need for more specific, disaggregated data amongst AAPI communities and other communities whose stories often go untold.


  • This data was driven by community organizations that noticed a dearth in relevant data about the youth they serve and work with.


  • Data collected for this report was utilized to pass a “Disaggregated Data Resolution” for AAPI youth in the Oakland Unified School District; this is the first district in the state for have a resolution of this kind.


  • We see the push for disaggregated data as an effort to highlight differences and similarities to inform efforts that would promote equity in health, socio-economics, and education. In doing so, it will help to further unite our diverse population by empowering us with accurate knowledge.


For more information, please visit our organizations’ websites listed in the front of this report. Thank you to everyone who was a part of this project and its growth.


In community,
Mike Tran

Asian Health Services

Youth Program Coordinator


Joshua Fisher Lee


AYPAL: Building API Community Power


Hamida Yusufzai

Banteay Srei

Program Manager

19th annual may arts “rooted in culture” performances announced!



Join us as we fight for our communities in Oakland
and celebrate
19 years of Building API Community Power!
“Rooted In Culture”
Saturday May 13th
Lincoln Square Park, Chinatown
261 11th St, Oakland, CA 94607

AYPAL Youth Performances:

Guerrilla Theater
Hip Hop Dance
Khmer Moon Dance
Mien Dance
Southeast Asian Lion Dance
Spoken Word

Community Performances:

Ieumsae Korean Drumming
Tai Chi with APEN Members
ACPA Rondalla
Mix’d Ingrdnts
Babii Cris



Free Entry




Check out last year’s recap vid here!




Feel free to contact us for more information on how to get involved.


Check out last year’s recap video!

Highlights from “Fresh Off the Block II”!

Thank you to everyone who attended AYPAL’s 2nd annual Fresh Off the Block Photo Exhibit at Eastside Arts Alliance on December 15th, 2016!

We are excited to share this highlight video created by Stevie Sanchez. Community came together to share stories about Oakland, talk about gentrification, and even dance (of course)! Enjoy!


Missed the event? Want to see more? No worries, click the link below to gain access to the highlight video we played during the exhibit: Youth confronting decision makers during key moments in our 2016 #WeHere campaign!


Join us for the 2nd annual FOB: FRESH OFF THE BLOCK Photo Project!

Next Thursday December 15th at Eastside Cultural Center 2277 International 5-8pm!

Free Entry!



Youth Power!

Come check out youth perspective on the changes happening in Oakland through photography, spoken word, and story telling.




Follow this link for a video re-cap of last year’s FOB event!


Funded by:


Racial Justice Toolkit now available!


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This is an exciting tool we have the honor of sharing with you all. Over the past year and a half, AYPAL, along with 14 organizations nationwide contributed to the creation of an Asian American Racial Justice Toolkit loaded with a TONs of shared curriculum for working with our communities towards transformation.

We are excited to share this document with you, which is FREE for DOWNLOAD in the link below!


Sign up for email updates here!

& check out the webinar launch video below!


This Toolkit project includes contributions from the following organizations:

Asian Pacific Environmental Network – Chinese Progressive Association SF  Korean Resource Center – Filipino Advocates for Justice  – CAAAV: Organizing Asian Communities – PrYSM – DRUM  – Khmer Girls in Action – 1Love Movement – AYPAL: Building API Power  VAYLA New Orleans – Freedom Inc – Korean Resource Community Center – Mekong NYC – VietLEAD

aypal organizer represents for assembly bill in sacramento: news video clip

With the passage of legislation that will make Asian and Pacific Islander students, particularly those who are underrepresented – such as Southeast Asians, more visible within the Oakland Unified School District, AYPAL has continued to work towards similar legislation at both the city and state levels. Over the summer AYPAL organizers met with State Assembly members to encourage the passage of Assembly Bill 1726, which would disaggregate data for API’s similarly to the OUSD legislation (you can find that story here). Below is a video clip of a news story that documented both the conservative opposition to this bill, as well as AYPAL’s very own Vincent Saephan explaining the need for this type of policy.

Check out the video below!


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May Arts Re-cap videos!

Visit our crowd source fundraising page to donate and be a part of fighting against gentrification and displacement in Oakland! *Update: this fundraising page is currently closed, we met our goal! Thank you to the community for raising over $10,000 for youth!  * #WeHere


Official May Arts 2016 “Reclaiming Our Roots” in San Antonio Park re-cap video by Stevie Sanchez of Eastside Arts Alliance! (above)

An in-depth look at May Arts through the Guerulla Theater by United Roots! (below)


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AYPAL May Arts 2016 “Reclaiming Our Roots” in San Antonio Park was a success!


A special thanks to everyone who attended, volunteered, performed, grubbed, danced, donated, tabled, and built community with us at our first ever May Arts Festival in a public space – at San Antonio Park! It was beautiful to see “Reclaiming Our Roots” come alive with folks from all over the Bay engaging in cultural resistance against gentrification, racism, and young people’s oppression with AYPAL youth all day long, right in the middle of East Oakland, on Saturday May 14th. We are working on some amazing media from the day to share with you. Stay tuned!

AYPAL launched our crowd source fundraiser the very same day, and quickly raised $2,000! Our goal is $10K by mid June to support AYPAL youth to continue to fight for the people of this city. It’s your opportunity to be a part of this growing movement with these young folks. *Update: Link has been taken down since we reached our goal! Thank you for raising over $10,000 to support youth in Oakland!*

In hella solidarity,

AYPAL Family



Photos by Sunshine V., Esoteric Images, and AYPAL Staff

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Khmer Flute Dance
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Darangen Filipino Fan Dance
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Southeast Asian Lion Dance
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Rocky Rivera
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Mass Bass
 The crowd having fun!




Watch it on TV! Follow the link and click on the first agenda item to stream! KTOP coverage of our presentation HERE

Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders face particular challenges when it comes to having our experiences made visible. Together, in partnership with The Spot Youth Center and Banteay Srei, we conducted a culture and climate survey of 500 API identified youth in Oakland in an effort to tell our stories more accurately, and from our own community’s perspective. On March 22nd, youth presented our survey findings and made recommendations to Oakland’s Life Enrichment Committee as invited by District 2 Council Member Abel Guillen. Our goal with this project is to shed light on the issues facing APIs, particularly Southeast Asian youth, who are often systematically left out of the conversation by city-wide data tracking that is not disaggregated by API sub-ethnicity. This is a core institutional issue that prevents all underrepresented communities from being seen and heard! We will continue to push for a response from the City and the Oakland Unified School District, backing statewide action towards improved data collection and reporting, while simultaneously creating space for youth to share their stories and make policy recommendations to decision makers.








AYPAL youth respond to changes happening in Oakland in this powerful photo project. Check out the video below. Special thanks to Stevie Sanchez and Eastside Arts Alliance on this collaboration.

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Check back on our website for updates on our anti-gentrification work.

AYPAL Youth Video: What is Mien?

Youth and staff are enjoying some time off before AYPAL’s summer program starts up. In the meantime, check out this AYPAL video produced by our young people for this year’s May Arts Festival!

True Life: We Need Ethnic Studies at OUSD

AYPAL’s Ethnic Studies Campaign In Oakland. Students of Oakland break down the problem, solution, and action within the lack of ethnic studies in Oakland. They hope to get a Ethnic Studies in the schools to reduce racial tensions and violence, increase retention in schools and make education relevant to their lives.

USSF 2010 – Day 2 Update

Video diary of day 2 in Detroit for the 2010 USSF:

  • Opening Ceremony

USSF 2010 – Day 1 Update

Video diary of our first day in Detroit for the 2010 USSF:

  • Greektown
  • Downtown Detroit
  • Talks with the local community
  • Prep for the week long experience!

Another World Is Possible, Another U.S. Is Necessary

USSF 2010 – Day 3 Update

Video diary of day 3 in Detroit for the 2010 USSF:

  • API Gathering
  • Detroit Tour
  • Vincent Chin’s grave site
  • Asian & Pacific Islanders coming together to build, organize and network.

Save Vital Youth Programs in Oakland

Fund Empowerment not Violence
Music by Power Struggle

AYPAL’s 10th May Arts Festival Recap

AYPAL’s cultural arts and social justice work includes:

  • AYPAL Guerilla Theater
  • Cambodian Stick Dance
  • Chinese Ribbon Dance
  • Chinese Fan Dance
  • Poly Dance
  • Spoken Word
  • Youth Videos

Video also touches briefly on the Violence Prevention Campaign to fight for more after school programs for youth in Oakland, and reduce the violence in the community.