APAICS' 27th Annual Awards Gala

AA NHPIs Rising to the Challenge

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Mark your calendars! APAICS is proud to announce that we will be hosting our 27th Annual Awards Gala Dinner on Thursday, May 13th, 2021. Due to the current conditions of the global pandemic, this event will be virtual once again. Our pre-show event begins at 5:30 PM ET and general programming will begin at 6:00 PM ET.

This year’s theme is AA NHPIs Rising to the Challenge. While many of us faced obstacles of our own in the year 2020, it is our hope this year to showcase how our community is rising to overcome these hurdles.

Stay tuned to our website as we release more information on our performance lineup, keynote speakers, and silent auction!

About Our Annual APAICS Awards Gala

The APAICS Annual Awards Gala Dinner is the culmination of our nation’s recognition of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month in May, a celebration of the culture, traditions, history, and contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States. We expect more than 1,000 attendees from across the country, including community, business, and political leaders.

The gala is the largest gathering of Asian American and Pacific Islander elected officials and government appointees at the federal, state, and local levels. Past speakers and awardees at the dinner include President Barack Obama, President Bill Clinton, Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary Hillary Clinton, Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, Senator Mazie Hirono, New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal, Martha Choe, Deepa Iyer, George Takei, Daniel Dae Kim, and Randall Park, among others.























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27th Annual Awards Gala


  • Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (WA-07)
  • Congressman Mark Takano (CA-41)
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Community Engagement Award

  • Philippine Nurses Association of America


On October 1st, 2020 APAICS hosted a free and widely attended virtual CELEBRATION to honor individuals and organizations for their contributions to the AAPI community. CELEBRATION was held in place of APAICS’ 26th Annual Awards Gala which included remarks from members of Congress, community leaders, sponsors, and celebrity performances. Check below to see who our previous co-chairs, speakers, and guests were!

Past Awardees

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Past Keynote Speakers

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Past Highlights

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