Wisdom of Young Coconut Tree


POTOPOTO ‘A NIU MUI, is a Tongan proverb, and is defined as wisdom of young coconut tree. When this tree grows and starts to bear fruit, it produces an innumerable amount of coconuts for its size and maturity. It isn’t until it comes into its maturity that it starts to produce a steady number of coconuts year after year. These are what feeds our families year after year. This speaks to the wisdom and enthusiasm that is produced by young people and young minds as they come into their own growth and maturity. WE MUST CAPITALIZE ON THIS GROWTH AND ENTHUSIASM AS WE MATURE AND TAKE OUR PLACES IN OUR COMMUNITIES, FAMILIES, AND LIVES. The Faith Advisory Board (FAB) is aiming to retell and refocus the way the Tongan community sees HEALTH.

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Bike Train to FandangObon!


If anyone is interested APIOPA is helping to lead a bike ride to the FandangObon/Mottainai “ECO” Fest in Little Tokyo this Sunday. It’ll be a very short 2 mile ride from Hollenbeck Park in Boyle Heights to the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center – JACCC.

FandangObon is a participatory event involving the Japanese American, Latino and African American communities using their music and dance traditions to engage and educate others about the environment. Last year the three communities created a new dance around water and our shared values of not wasting the resources we have.

*FandangObon/Mottainai Eco Fest is a “no waste” event. Attendees are invited to bicycle, take the Metro, walk or carpool. And bring your own water bottle. There will be water stations and food on the plaza.

RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1645229635744941/

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Wok the Wok With APIOPA By Becoming a Sustainer!


The carbon steel woks are in! Anyone who becomes a Roots level sustainer of APIOPA gets not only a legit wok from SF Chinatown, but also a one-on-one wok maintenance class with Scott! Thanks to our very first Roots sustainers Jonathan Nomachi and Joanne Chin!

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APIOPA Workshop for Hmong Farmers in Fresno


By Kyle Tsukahira

On Monday October 12th, APIOPA hosted a marketing workshop in order to share some simple yet effective marketing tips and best practices to help Hmong farmers continue to develop and grow their farming business. Some of the topics that were covered was (1) how to engage and grow your customer base, (2) how to establish an online presence, and (3) some effective tips/methods for setting up your stand at the farmers market. The day closed with a roundtable discussion on how Hmong farmers can work together to foster a more equitable marketplace.

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APIOPA Travels to San Diego to Advocate for Clean Air


By Scott Chan

Last Thursday, Scott and Kyle carpooled (because you know, air pollution and all) to San Diego to meet with the US and Taiwan Environmental Protection Agencies to discuss the next steps of our local air pollution work.

People often wonder why APIOPA is doing work on air pollution. To us, obesity prevention isn’t just about what we eat and how much we exercise. Environment is crucial. How do we encourage a community to eat healthy if there are no healthy options in their neighborhood? How do we encourage them to exercise more if their local park is not safe due to gang activity? Read More

An Urgency for Consistent Interruption

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Lennox Tongan United Methodist Church

The interpersonal violence between Sāmoan and Tongan gangs is nothing new in our communities, especially in Southern California. Before the beef between gangs and colors, there seemed to be this unspoken disdain between Sāmoans and Tongans based on race, similar to Mexicans and El Salvadorans. Of course, this is not true for all Sāmoans and Tongans. It seems to have been this way before my generation was born, and even before the birth of my parents’ generation. The disdain has manifested itself into gang culture since our migration to the U.S. The violence between Sāmoan and Tongan gangs has escalated over time and has terrorized our families and our communities.

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Health Promotion through Tongan Leaders Development


The Faith Advisory Board (FAB) is thrilled to announce the launch of their curriculum that will kick off later this month! The goal is to bring together young leaders from the Tongan churches to build relationships with each other and help create solutions for a healthier future for our congregations.

Before we can address health, we need to understand who we are and where we come from. We have developed a series of sessions based on Tongan culture and history that touches base on health, the environment, family, physical activity, chronic disease, food, and so much more. Our first session will cover cultural identity and values. Aka, which translates into root, is the basic cause, source, or origin of something. Understanding our Tongan identity requires an exploration of the aka. We are defined by our values; those values shaped by the structures of our families and culture; and the culture molded by history as told by our stories. How strongly are we drawing strength from our roots? Stay tuned!!

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APIOPA receives “Visionary non-profit” award from CCPHA!

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Very exciting news friends! We received word this past week that we were nominated and awarded the “Visionary Non-Profit” Award by our partners at California Center for Public Health Advocacy. This honor is part of CCPHA’s annual Champions of Health Awards. Read more about the award and the other winners here: http://www.publichealthadvocacy.org/events/2015awards/center_awards2015.html