apafss.org  |  November 2019


Introducing APA's New Executive Director, Rick Yuen

If you have missed our email on November 19, here's the link to the announcement.


November is the time for Thanksgiving feasting. It is also National Diabetes Month which serves as a reminder for us to be mindful of foods high in carbohydrates (that's almost everything on a typical Thanksgiving meal). Carbs can immediately raise the blood sugar because during digestion, our body turns carbohydrates into glucose which enters the bloodstream. According to the Mayo Clinic, about 40 percent of children who have type 2 diabetes have no signs or symptoms and are diagnosed during routine physical exams.

When we enjoy our Thanksgiving and other holiday meals, be mindful of what goes on the plate. It is a good idea to exercise portion control, eat slowly, skip the carbohydrates and sugary beverages, and avoid sitting down for long periods of time.


How to calculate added sugar in your drink

If you drink the entire container, multiply the grams of sugar in one serving by the total number of servings in the container to calculate the total grams of sugar. Then, divide total grams of sugar by 4 to get the total number of teaspoons of added sugar in the drink.

According to HealthLIne.com, fruit juice contains just as much sugar and calories as a sugary soft drink. One study in children showed that the risk of obesity was increased by 60% for each daily serving of sugar-sweetened beverages. There is no reason to assume that fruit juices would have a different effect than sugary drinks, if they are consumed in the same amounts. Fruit juice contains some nutrients, but less compared to many plant foods. It contains no fiber and is just as high in sugar and calories as most sugar-sweetened beverages.


An online gift registry for our Toy Drive is now live at RightGift.com. This is a comprehensive shopping gift wish list for your convenience to purchase gifts for kids from low-income, underserved families. Our goal is 500 toys to be distributed at our Chinatown, Visitacion Valley, Excelsior family support centers. Children from families we serve through our Asian Pacific Islander Family Resources Network will also benefit from your generosity. We would truly appreciate your help in spreading the holiday cheer!


APA Family Support Services is already registered and ready to receive donations through AmazonSmile, operated by Amazon, with the same products, prices, and shopping features as Amazon.com. The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice.


The year-end giving season is already in gear, #GivingTuesday is next week already. We welcome your donations on our secure website or by mail to support our programs and causes. OR you can mail a check payable to:

APA Family Support Services

10 Nottingham Pl, San Francisco, CA 94133

5 QUESTIONS  With Our Board Vice President

Jacqueline Huie

Jackie is the Vice President of APA's Board of Directors and serves on the Finance and Audit committees. She has been with our Board for close to 11 years.


Currently a Senior Relationship Manager at First Republic Bank, Jackie has extensive experience in banking, with the past 10 years focusing on private banking, business banking and wealth management for private family households, venture capital/private equity high net worth individuals, high growth company’s founders and investors, women in tech, startups, small businesses, and foundations.

Why did you join the APA Board?

I would like to give back to the community. I believe I can help by getting involved in a medium-sized social services organization, and at the same time learn new skills.


What do you appreciate about the services that APA provides?

I appreciate the good work from the staff and their efforts to help and support the community.



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

A smooth transition for the Executive Directorship. Also for APA to be more active in social media.


Tell us about your family?

My husband and I have a son, Evan, who is turning two in January. He is the best thing that ever happened to us.


What do you do in your leisure time?

Spending quality time and traveling with my family. Game nights and dinners with friends.


Over 500 celebrated Halloween with us at the Visitacion Valley Family Center Open House. The playground between 50 & 60 Raymond Ave. bustled with activities including kids enjoying the Halloween tradition of "trick or treating." APA's Visitacion Valley Strong...

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On November 8, twelve new and expecting moms attended our Community Baby Shower. Julia Quon, a DONA trained doula at San Francisco General presented an hour-long workshop on breastfeeding as part of the program. She grew up in San Francisco and...

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APA's Chinatown families went to the Presidio for a Thanksgiving BBQ field trip on November 23. Shuttles, activities, and the arts & crafts stations were provided by the Presidio Trust. Everyone had a great time enjoying the day's activities at Rob Hill Campgrounds.

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APA's Visitacion Valley Strong Families hosted a community Healthy Thanksgiving block party on November 23 from 11 am to 4 pm. This annual event was sponsored by Sutter Health CPMC. Traditional Thanksgiving meals were served, prepared by River of Life at 1430 Sunndydale Ave., Visitacion Valley. In addition to family activities, there were performances & music, petting zoo, and lucky drawing for flat screen TV and bikes...

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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 advocate 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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Received -- October 29-November 26, 2019 Donations

Bronze Level: Magenta, Inc. (monthly)

Calvin Louie, CPA


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.  Logi Analytics


Amor Santiago, DPM, MPH

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