apafss.org  |  February 2019


Kung Hei Fat Choy, best wishes for an auspicious year! The new year is being celebrated until the 15th day of the first lunar month which marks the first full moon and is also the Lantern Festival. Certain dishes are eaten during the Chinese New Year for their auspicious symbolism, which is based on their pronunciations or appearance, these include dumplings (wealth), fish (increase in prosperity), spring rolls (wealth), and niangao or glutinous rice cake (a higher income, advancement or promotion at work). Lion dances are performed to bring good fortune and chase away evil spirits. The upside down character "Fu" in the center of the image below means "fortune" or "good luck."  Upside down sounds like the word for "arrive." So turning the character upside down symbolizes "good luck arrives."


February is a short but "busy" month. It is National Children's Dental Health Month, American Heart Month, and National Cancer Prevention Month. It is also Black History Month and we are presenting weekly community events at the Sunnydale Community Center in Visitacion Valley. Each event will have a different informative or fun theme. Please see Upcoming Events below for more information.

APA is joining Chinatown YMCA in sponsoring their MARCH 3 Annual Chinese New Year Run. Proceeds from participants who signed up with the APA promo code for this 5K Walk or Run and 10K Run will support our cause of Physical and Mental Well-Being. We would appreciate your participation or participant sponsorship. Go to ymcasf.org/CNYrun, and use promo code APARUN2019 to register. Registration is open until February 24 at 11:59 pm. Questions?  Email Angie@apafss.org

Our Chinatown Women Support Group learned to make paper lanterns during their meeting to welcome the Lunar New Year. Our family resource centers are having separate celebrations: Visitacion Valley on February 5 (New Year's Day), Excelsior on February 7, and Chinatown on February 13. We will be at the Chinatown Lunar New Year Community Street Fair to promote our services on February 23 and 24. Please visit our booth on Grant Avenue (near Sacramento) to say hello.

5 QUESTIONS  With Our Board Treasurer

Joyce Tso CPA, ABV, CFF

Joyce has been on APA's Board for 8 years, serving on the Finance and Audit Committees, including 3 years as the Treasurer. She is a partner of ASAM, LLP, and has over 25 years of experience leading the firm’s accounting, taxation & M&A advisory practice. She received her bachelor’s degree in accounting from San Francisco State University, and her MS degree in taxation from Golden Gate University. She also holds the ABV (Accredited in Business Valuation) and CFF (Certified in Financial Forensics) designations. She is licensed to practice in the states of California and New Jersey, and Joyce is a member of both the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Business Valuation Section of the AICPA.


Why did you join the Board?

Serving on the Board of a non-profit is my way of giving back to the community.

What do appreciate about the services that APA provides?

APA services help women to empower themselves, helps parents to build strong families and raise children in a healthy and stable environment. 

What would you like to see APA accomplish for the future?

I would like APA to be able to provide even more programs.

Tell us about your family?

I have two adult daughters. One is a CPA with Deloitte here in San Francisco and the other is a Registered Nurse. She works at Duke Children's Hospital in Durham, North Carolina. It is ranked among the top children's hospitals nationally in nine specialties by U.S. News & World Report.

What do you do in your leisure time?

I exercise to keep fit, though it's not exactly considered a hobby. I love traveling and meeting new friends.

PROGRAM SUCCESS  Latina Mother Escaping Violence Gets New Home With Our Help

Laura is a Latina single mom with two daughters aged 10 and 6. She fled her native country due to violence and death threats from gangs. However, sometime after arriving in this country, she became a victim to physical assault and robbery on the street.

Laura stayed with the grandmother and the sister-in-law, paying rent for a small room to live with her daughters, and sharing the bills. She has to work long hours to cover the girls' needs. Feeling her life stressors and overwhelmed by living in the same quarters with these relatives, she sometimes used excessive physical discipline on her daughters that could result in the minors being injured...


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UPCOMING EVENTS  Black History Month - Oral Health Campaign Launches

On February 1, Visitacion Valley Strong Families and all of the organizations serving the Sunnydale/Visitacion Valley community came together to have an opening march into Black History Month to celebrate unity and to get the community involved. Join us on Thursdays, 5:30 - 7:30 pm on February 7, 14, 21 and Wednesday 27 for Black History community events. We will be at the Sunnyvale Community Center at 1654 Sunnydale Avenue. Each event has a special theme with fun activities planned for attendees. Please click button for details of the four events.
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APA is a facilitator for the CavityFree SF District 10 Children's Oral Health Task Force. On February 1, we kicked off our "Baby Teeth Do Matter" campaign in San Francisco's District 10 neighborhoods that includes light pole display banners, a full page newspaper ad in SF Bay View, radio spots on iHeartRadio, posters and flyers for community organizations and businesses, and outreach events that feature our tooth mascot. CavityFree SF is a city-wide collaborative of providers, schools, nonprofits and health systems with a focus on addressing the tooth decay health disparity faced by San Francisco youth ages 0-5.
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APA's mission is to promote healthy children and families by providing family support services to prevent child abuse and domestic violence. We also advocates for culturally competent services for Asians and Pacific Islanders through education, community building and leadership development.
APA Family Support Services is a 501(C)(3) non-profit agency. Your contribution to support APA is tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.
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Chair  Rose Chung  Asian America Foundation

President  Cary Chen  Recology  
Vice President  Jacqueline Huie First Republic Bank

Secretary  Julie Hoxie  University of California, Berkeley
Treasurer  Joyce Tso, CPA/ABV  ASAM, LLP

Mai-Sie Chan, M.D.  Private Practice
Van Diep  KTSF-TV, Channel 26

Stephen Koh, CLF  MassMutual Financial Group

Fanny Lam  COMPASS Real Estate

Kory Lam  HSBC Bank (USA)
Susan Sung, Ph.D., Professor Emerita  

San Francisco State University

Dean Yao, Ph.D.  Jinfonet Software

Rick Yuen, Assistant Dean Emeritus, Stanford University 

Amor Santiago, DPM, MPH

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