• Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association Shining Star GalaOn March 20th, the Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association (APAPA) held the Shining Star Gala at the Sheraton Grand, downtown Sacramento with guest speakers, special recognition and Internship Awards For the past 15 years, APAPA has awarded over 500 scholarships to well-deserving college students nationwide through our internship and scholarship program. CC and Regina Yin, together with like-minded civic leaders, founded the Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association (APAPA) in 2001 to empower the API community. The founders of APAPA were responding to an alarming lack of API representation at all levels of government throughout the United States. APAPA, founded in 2001, has grown into a nationwide organization with over 20,000 members. APAPA has 21 chapters in California, Washington D.C New York, Florida, Texas, Nevada, Washington and Massachusetts. The National Headquarters is located in Natomas.