National Council of Asian Pacific Americans

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National Council of Asian Pacific Americans
2015 Blue NCAPA Logo
Abbreviation NCAPA
Formation 1996
Headquarters Washington D.C., United States
Mission "We are a coalition of national Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander organizations striving for equity and justice by organizing our diverse strengths to influence policy and shape public narratives."

The National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA) is a coalition of 35 national Asian-Pacific American organizations in the United States. Founded in 1996 and based in Washington D.C., NCAPA seeks to expand the influence of Asian-Pacific Americans in the legislative and legal arenas, and enhance the public's and mass media's awareness and sensitivity to Asian-Pacific American concerns.

Executive Committee[edit]

The NCAPA Executive Committee is constituted by Executive Directors of member organizations.

The current Executive Committee is as follows:
[1] Gregory Cendana, Chair Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance | APALA
Mee Moua, Vice Chair of Programs Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC
Priscilla Ouchida, Vice Chair of Membership Japanese American Citizens League | JACL
Miriam Yeung, Vice Chair of Communications and Development National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum | NAPAWF
Lisa Hasegawa National Coalition of Asian Pacific American Community Development | National CAPACD
Jasjit Singh, Secretary Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund | SALDEF

Past chairs include:
Deepa Iyer, Former Executive Director, South Asian Americans Leading Together Floyd Mori, President & CEO, Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies
Lisa Hasegawa, Executive Director, National Coalition of Asian Pacific American Community Development .[2]
Karen Narasaki, Executive Director of Asian American Justice Center
Daphne Kwok, Founding NCAPA Chair and former executive director of OCA. Daphne Kwok is also the current Chair to the President's Advisory Council on Asian American Pacific Islanders.


NCAPA coalition members work together on various policy issues such as Civil & Human Rights, Education, Health, Housing & Economic Justice, and Immigration. Each of these policy issues has a committee which meets on a regular basis focusing on the key issues of the moment to ensure that the AA & NHPI voice is heard and at the table regarding these matters.

The coalition members are as follows:

Additional affiliate members include:


The 1990s saw significant growth in the number and size of Asian-Pacific American (APA) organizations. Nevertheless, many of these organizations spoke for only a segment of the broader community.[3][4] The push to create an organization gained additional impetus after the 1996 United States campaign finance controversy, in which Asian-Pacific Americans played a significant role.[5] At the July 1996 Organization of Chinese Americans convention in Chicago, Illinois, the leaders of several APA organizations agreed that there was a need for an advocacy coalition which would bring together APA organizations on the local, state, regional and national levels.[3][4] Former U.S. Representative Norman Mineta assisted the group in convening a series of meetings to discuss the new organization's mission and functions.[3]

NCAPA was formally constituted in 1997.[4] Daphne Kwok of the Organization of Chinese Americans was elected the organization's first chairperson.[3]

NCAPA has been primarily active in politics. In 2000, the group strongly criticized Senator John McCain for using the "gooks" to describe his North Vietnamese prison guards.[6] Four years later, NCAPA took a more proactive role by issuing a first-of-its-kind political platform addressing APA issues, and asking presidential candidates to adopt the platform as their own.[7]

In 2007, after the Virginia Tech massacre, NCAPA worked to counteract discrimination against Asian-Pacific Americans and negative images of APAs in the national media.[2]

On May 8, 2013, members of the coalition met with President Obama and senior staff to discuss topics of immigration, health care, and civil rights. Much of the conversation centered on the comprehensive immigration reform starting to make its way through Congress. In particular, the AAPI leaders zeroed on family reunification measures that are critical to immigrant communities. [8] Participants included Asian American leaders from APALA, APIAHF, CNHA, NCAPACD, OCA, AAPCHO, NCAPA, SAALT, APAICS, AAJC, JACL, SEARAC, NAPAWF, and NAKASEC.


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  2. ^ a b Basu, "Va. Tech Massacre Casts Pall of Hatred, Suspicion," Florida Today, April 28, 2007.
  3. ^ a b c d "In the Thick of Things," Asian Week, December 25, 1997-January 7, 1998.
  4. ^ a b c Nash, "State of Politics-1998," Asian Week, May 21, 1998.
  5. ^ Gersham, "Still the Pacific Century? U.S. Policy in Asia and the Pacific," in "Global Focus," 2000, p. 284.
  6. ^ "McCain Under Fire for Racial Slur," Associated Press, March 1, 2000.
  7. ^ Kong, "Asian Americans Work to Raise Political Voices," Honolulu Star-Bulletin, February 13, 2004.
  8. ^

Further reading[edit]

  • Basu, Kaustuv. "Va. Tech Massacre Casts Pall of Hatred, Suspicion." Florida Today. April 28, 2007.
  • Gersham, John. "Still the Pacific Century? U.S. Policy in Asia and the Pacific." In "Global Focus." Martha Honey and Tom Barry, eds. New York: St. Martin's Press, 2000. ISBN 0-312-22581-4
  • "In the Thick of Things." Asian Week. December 25, 1997 – January 7, 1998.
  • Kong, Deborah. "Asian Americans Work to Raise Political Voices." Honolulu Star-Bulletin. February 13, 2004.
  • "McCain Under Fire for Racial Slur." Associated Press. March 1, 2000.
  • Nash, Phil Tajitsu. "State of Politics--1998." Asian Week. May 21, 1998.
  • Paget-Clarke, Nic. "28 Asian Pacific American organizations file support for affirmative action at the U. S. Supreme Court." In Motion Magazine. April 1, 2003.

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