apafss.org  |  December 2019



at The Green Room | Sponsorship details to come


NEW: Join APA Run/Walk team for Chinatown YMCA's Chinese New Year Run. MARCH 1. 5K & 10K Run/Walk. Use discount code APARUN2020. Details and Sign-up. Tell your friends, coworkers!


FYI, APA operates its Chinatown Family Support Center at Chinatown YMCA.


What is a healthy or strong family? According to Christine Vander Wielen, MSW, LCSW, the characteristics of a healthy family are as follows:
1) Clear boundaries in the family. 2) Relationships within the family are seen as important. 3) Open communication among all family members. 4) Conflict is allowed. 5) Family members have an attitude of service toward one another and others. 

Tom Westfall, who teaches parenting classes at Family Resource Center in Sterling, Colorado wrote in his journal-advocate.com column, "Healthy, happy, productive families don’t just happen. They are the product of hard work, intentional behavior, shared interests, common values and patience." He pointed out that, "In healthy families, seeking assistance is viewed as a strength rather than as a weakness....And when family support alone isn’t sufficient, healthy families seek outside help to assist them in moving forward."

First5sf.org: "Family well-being is children's well-being. When families aren't supported, children are at risk."

APA receives funding from San Francisco City and County to provide services to underserved communities as Family Resource Centers to strengthen and support the needs of families in the neighborhoods we are located in. Three times a year we offer a curriculum-based Positive Parenting course (in English, Chinese, and Spanish) to parents and caregivers. Prevention is better than cure, we strengthen families with a spectrum of services to avoid (and treat) problems that may occur as a result of stress, barriers, and challenges of language, finance, and lack of resources.


We have received toy donations from Family Giving Tree, Moms Against Poverty, and private holiday toy drive events. Support also came from our RightGift.com campaign and online donations. These gifts were distributed at our Chinatown, Visitacion Valley, and Excelsior family support centers.

5 QUESTIONS  With Our Board Member

Kory Lam

Kory joined APA's Board of Directors in mid-2017 and serves on the Fundraising committee. She plays an active role in helping APA secure in-kind donations for our annual Gala and silent auction.


Kory is currently a Vice President and Cluster Branch Manager responsible for HSBC’s retail branches in San Francisco. She began her career with HSBC in 2005 and held various positions throughout her career with HSBC Bank. Within her 14 years of service at HSBC, she has proven to be very successful at each position as she has won many annual individual awards. Upon finishing her secondary school in Hong Kong, Kory continued her education in the U.S. She has a B.S. degree from San Francisco State University, and a M.S. degree in Finance from Golden Gate University and currently holds Series 6, 63 and health/life Insurance licenses. She is a Board of Director of Hong Kong Association of Northern California and Vice President of Hong Kong Schools Alumni Association.

Why did you join the APA Board?

Like my fellow directors of the Board, I would like to give back to the community and be involved in a community agency with Asian clients.


What do you appreciate about the services that APA provides?

I appreciate APA's services that promote healthy families, and teach parenting skills towards the prevention of domestic violence and child abuse. Also, I appreciate the early and crisis intervention services when problems do occur.

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

To be able to provide help and services to more families. Expand on the Behavioral Health program.


Tell us about your family?

My husband and I are parents to kindergarten-aged daughters who are twins. Our pet is a 16-year-old Pekingese dog.


What do you do in your leisure time?

I love traveling and spending quality time with my family.


The CavityFree SF 5th Annual Forum was held on December 10. Assembly Member David Chiu (left) posed with SFUSD Oral Health nurse, and the representatives of the Children's Oral Health Taskforce from APA, NICOS, and CARECEN for a photo.

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APA's Board of Directors and Urban Fam (APA young professionals group) joined our staff for a Send-off Luncheon for Executive Director Dr. Amor Santiago on December 6. APA Board Chair Rose Chung thanked Amor and presented him with a Certificate of..

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Smartphone workshop was held at our main office at Nottingham Place on December 10. We had 15 participants, including seniors, interested in learning some new skills. On December 19 we started a 6-week Smartphone Video Production workshop...

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Thanks to the sunny weather, we were able to host our Holiday Party for client families in the outdoors on December 15. 317 families and 396 children came to our Visitacion Valley location to participate in the fun. Many thanks to our volunteers and MYEEP youth who...

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On December 4, 30 client families, Spanish support group, and our Play and Glow group from Visitacion Valley Strong Families attended Mayor London N. Breed’s Children’s Toy & Book Festival in partnership with San Francisco Fire Fighter...

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Families came together to celebrate Thanksgiving at our Excelsior Family Support Center on November 26. After enjoying a buffet of favorite Chinese fare, the children were ready for their playgroup activity of "Head & Shoulder, Knee & Toe." 

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.


Received -- November 27-December 25, 2019 Donations

Silver Level: 

GBC International Bank, Julia Luk

Bronze Level: Magenta, Inc. (monthly)

Preferred Bank

The Morrison and Foerster Foundation

Friends of APA:

Po S. Lew/ Maria Lew/Michael Lew

Dr. Li-Hsien Wang & Chiehwei Yen

In honor of Shuying Chen Wang

Dennis Chuang, Angie Khong

Mr. Tipple's Recording Studio

$25-$250: Jake Bordeleau, Eric Chen

Adrienne Cianfrocca, Judith Glover, Rick Yuen


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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