Visit Angel Island with Us on April 1

Bring your own lunch and join us for a day of remembrance and reflection. Registration is required. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

What does the history of Angel Island mean to the AAPI community?

How might we understand Angel Island as a site for continuing reflections on AAPI identities and advocacy toward racial equity?

As a way to observe the Qingming festival, which is traditionally a time for Chinese ethnics globally to sweep the tombs of their ancestors, we will be taking a journey of remembrance to Angel Island. We will take the 10am ferry from Tiburon, spend the day at Angel Island, and return to Marin with the 3:30pm ferry. Besides a docent-guided tour of the historic Angel Island facility, we will also spend some time as a group to reflect and share our thoughts. Before the visit, we will share with all registrants a link to view Felicia Lowe’s film “Carved in Silence,” as well as additional references on the significance of ancestor veneration in AAPI communities and cultures.



AAAM Statement: On the Mass Shootings in Monterey Park on January 21 and Half Moon Bay on January 23, 2023

There is no way to describe the overwhelming loss of life that has taken place over the last week and its impact on the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community and the communities of Monterey Park and Half Moon Bay.

The new year, especially Lunar New Year, is usually celebrated with immense joy in our diverse AAPI community. Unfortunately, our community has faced much tragedy and trauma over the last several years, and we are in shock while we are mourning.

These acts of violence, during a time where Asian American families come to gather and celebrate, are creating feelings of fear. Yet at the same time, we are reminded of our communal strength and resilience as we work to heal during a difficult time.

In response to these events, Asian American Alliance of Marin will continue to support victims and communities through local advocacy, and social and racial justice work. We will continue to connect our AAPI community to mental health resources that are available in various languages and through a lens of cultural humility and proficiency. Finally, we will work to ensure our lawmakers support policies that restrict opportunities for gun violence to occur. Together, we will keep the communities of Monterey Park and Half Moon Bay in our hearts, while we recommit to our Marin AAPI community to act locally and work on solutions to prevent tragedies like these to happen again.

Resources to Strengthen our AAPI Community:
Stop AAPI Hate – Support Monterey Park and Half Moon Bay
Marin Behavioral Health and Recovery Services – Connect to Local Help and Information
Marin Outreach and Prevention Team – Building Resilience, Connections, and Hope
Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations – AAPI Mental Health Resource Guide
National Alliance on Mental Illness – NAMI Marin

2020 Solidarity Statement and Call to Action
Standing in solidarity for basic human rights and the elimination of structural racism is an ongoing quintessential moral position—and not merely a temporary political position. All members of the Board of Asian American Alliance of Marin (AAAM) express our deepest grief over the tragic loss of Black lives—most recently Tyre Nichols, but the list goes on—under the unjust fatal force of law enforcement. We denounce the historical and ongoing oppression of our Black brothers and sisters from state-sanctioned violence and systemic oppression. We also recognize that the fight towards freedom and equality for all Americans, especially those people of color historically oppressed in America, is truly what should be embodied in the freedom our country celebrates on the 4th of July.

The Board of Asian American Alliance of Marin recommits our organization’s mission of advocating for social and racial justice. We also commit to creating more opportunities for anti-racist reflections, dialogues, and actions in which all members of the Marin County community can participate.

Read our original solidarity statement here

Recording of Conversation with Jalena Keane-Lee and her film STANDING ABOVE THE CLOUDS

STANDING ABOVE THE CLOUDS follows Native Hawaiian mother-daughter activists at the forefront of the movement to protect their sacred mountain, Mauna a Wakea, from an eighteen story, Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT). STANDING ABOVE THE CLOUDS won Best Documentary Short at LA Asian Pacific Film Festival, Best Short Film at Melbourne Women in Film Festival, and Special Mention from the Center for Asian American Media.

We had the pleasure to screen this very special film on May 13, 2022. Jalena Keane-Lee is not only the maker of this film, but also comes from a family of generations of Asian American community advocates in Marin County. As a professional filmmaker, she explores intergenerational trauma and healing through an intersectional lens. Named Paper Magazine’s Top 5 Asian creators to know, Jalena’s work subverts traditional narratives about the female, Asian American Pacific Islander experience. Jalena co-founded Breaktide Productions, an all women of color production company, produced commercial series for Nike and Facebook, hosted the national environmental television show Eco Company, and won Tribeca Through Her Lens 2020. She’s also been an AAJA, NeXt Doc and Jacob Burns Film Center Fellow.


Vietnamese immigrants and refugees make up the majority of the workforce in the nail salon industry in California. As part of AAAM’s programming for Asian American Heritage Month, we wanted to uplift the experiences of the Vietnamese American nail salon workers in their resistance and persistence toward reforms in cosmetic product regulations and workplace safety!

On April 28, 2022, nail salon workers Tina Bui and Mong Thu Pham, who gave testimonies before state and local policy-making bodies, spoke about their experiences and answered questions from Marin county residents on live Zoom. Tony Nguyen, the Outreach & Digital Organizing Coordinator from the California Healthy Nail Salon Collaborative, shared more about the the state bills the Collaborative has helped pass, and the results of the Collaborative’s recent survey.

Founded in 2005, the California Healthy Nail Salon Collaborative is a statewide grassroots organization that addresses health, environmental, reproductive justice, and other social issues faced by its low-income, female, Vietnamese immigrant and refugee workforce. Using a multi-tiered approach that blends community organizing, grassroots policy advocacy, and community-based research, the Collaborative builds power of the nail salon community to develop solutions that benefit the nail salon workforce, their families, small immigrant and refugee owned businesses, and their communities.

Recording of Numbers Matter: Importance of Census Data for Community Advocacy

On Thursday April 21, 7-8pm, we hosted a talk and Q&A with Census Expert and Covid Vaccination Program Manager Sonny Lê! He explained the importance of census data, especially for specific marginalized and invisible Asian American groups, and what data is actually available for advocates to ask for. We recorded the session for those who could not attend the Zoom event live.

Prior to Vaccinate ALL 58, the State of California’s COVID-19 vaccination campaign, Sonny Lê served as the US Census Bureau 2020 Census Partnership Specialist, his third decennial census. In 2000 and 2010, he was the Census Bureau’s Senior Media Specialist representing the states of Alaska, Washington, Idaho, Oregon and the northern half of California. Prior to the 2020 Census, he taught strategic communications in the Non-profit Management Program at San Francisco State University. Sonny came to the US as a refugee from Vietnam in 1979. He has been a media consultant, community organizer, journalist, and a Vietnamese language medical interpreter for over 20 years. 

AAAM 2022 AAPI Heritage Month Events

Thursday April 21, 7-8pm | Numbers Matter: Importance of Census Data for Community Advocacy

Talk and Q&A with Census Expert and Covid Vaccination Program Manager Sonny Lê. See recording HERE.

Thursday April 28, 7pm-8pm | Health Advocacy Behind the Painted Nails

Presentation and Q&A with California Healthy Nail Salon Collaborative. See recording HERE.

Saturday May 7, 6-7:30pm | Chinatown Rising

Film screening and Q&A with father and son filmmaker and activists, Harry and Joshua Chuck. Co-sponsored with AAPI Coalition of the North Bay.

Friday May 13, 7-8pm | Standing Above the Clouds

Film screening and Q&A with filmmaker and indigenous leader Jalena Keane-Lee discusses efforts to protect their sacred land. See recording HERE.

AAAM 2021 Virtual Community Gathering

On November 12, 2021, AAAM had our annual community gathering virtually again. Recordings of different parts of the gathering are here:

We encourage all to donate to San Francisco State University Asian American Research Initiative for the important research Dr. Jeung and other scholars do to provide concrete data and insightful analysis as grounding for AAPI advocacy and civic engagement. We also urge you to become a member of AAAM, or make a general donation to AAAM.

AAPI United Against Hate: AAAM Annual Community Gathering

[Virtual Event]

Friday, November 12, 6-8pm

Register HERE

Join us for a virtual gathering of AAAM members, community friends, and allies! This year, we are aligning with United Against Hate week (Nov. 14-20).  Also, we will have Dr. Russell Jeung from SFSU to share important findings and insights from his research on anti-AAPI attacks during the covid pandemic.  We will also have time for Q&A with Dr. Jeung, as well as a segment for community announcements! 

Special Guest Speaker: Russell Jeung (Co-Founder of Stop AAPI Hate)

Professor of Asian American Studies at San Francisco State University, Dr. Russell Jeung is an author of books and articles on race and religion. He’s written Family Sacrifices: The Worldviews and Ethics of Chinese Americans (Oxford U Press, 2019); Mountain Movers: Student Activism and the Emergence of Asian American Studies (UCLA AAS Center, 2019); and At Home in Exile: Finding Jesus Among My Ancestors and Refugee Neighbors (Zondervan, 2016). 

In March 2020, Dr. Jeung co-founded Stop AAPI Hate with Chinese for Affirmative Action and the Asian Pacific Policy and Planning Council. It tracks recent increased discrimination and hate crimes during the pandemic to develop policy interventions and long-term solution to racism.

Stop AAPI Hate was awarded the 2021 Webby Award for “Social Movement of the Year.” TIME magazine named its co-founders, including Dr. Jeung, as among the top 100 Influential Persons of 2021. 

Register HERE