CCAPW believes in empowering women through community involvement. 
We typically hold several events throughout the year including our Annual Scholarship Awards Gala, a spring formal and winter formal, as well as leadership development training. CCAPW often co-sponsors events or supports other community based organizations throughout the year. Listed below are a few of our past events.


3 Pillars Strong workshop
May 5 – Jul 14, 2018
Stuart Gong, Z-Health coach, will guide you in learning how your vision, balance, and movement systems work together to help you alleviate pain, achieve greater freedom of movement, and maintain a higher quality of life.
$100 suggested donation. Includes course materials, light breakfast & lunch.
No experience necessary. Open to all ages and abilities. This is not a physically demanding or strenuous workshop, but you should wear loose, comfortable clothing.
“Do something TODAY. Your future self will be grateful.”

38th Annual Scholarship Gala
June 14, 2018
Come celebrate the accomplishments of our 2018 scholarship recipient’s at CCAPW’s 38th Annual Scholarship Gala! Our keynote speaker is Marjorie Carlet-Edmonds, Creative Director of Carlet Edmonds and a proud FCC alumni.

2017 Holiday Social
December 8, 2017
This year, Nikiko Masumoto, former CCAPW board member and now with the Yonsei Memory Project, will discuss and demonstrate the Japanese tradition of FUROSHIKI — beautiful pieces of fabric (or square scarves!) to wrap various shaped items. Furoshiki is an eco-friendly way to share the beauty of Japanese aesthetics, as the furoshiki are reusable and, oftentimes, pieces of art in and of themselves.

37th Annual Scholarship Gala
June 29, 2017
Celebrating the achievements of our 2017 CCAPW Scholarship Award Recipients and their families! Keynote speaker: Dr. Malisa Lee, Vice President of Enrollment Management, Fresno State.

Disorientated Comedy & Music Benefit Show
April 1, 2017
Disoriented Comedy, a standup comedy and music benefit show presented by Central California Asian Pacific Women (CCAPW), featuring Asian American standup comics Jenny Yang, Kat Evasco, and Shanti Charan, as well as musical guests Priska and a special appearance by Fresno’s favorite Hmong band, Paradise!
Disoriented Comedy’s 2014 and 2015 shows in Fresno were both sold out, so be sure to get your tickets early — this is a show you won’t want to miss!

Strengthening Families & Community: 3rd Annual DV Forum
October 22, 2016
For the past two years, CCAPW has hosted forums to address the issue of domestic violence within the Hmong community in Fresno. This year’s forum aims to further engage the community to advocate for sustainable, pragmatic systems change within the Hmong community and to service providers about the Hmong culture to promote culturally competent services for Hmong clientele, to effectively address — and reduce — domestic violence.

2010 Spring Membership Social
March 14, 2015
With special guest Jane Junn, Ph.D., Professor of Political Science at the University of Southern California, speaking on Asian American Political Engagement: Who is Active in Politics? March 14, 2010, Joy Luck Chinese Restaurant

Over 60 CCAPW members, supporters, and friends gathered at Joy Luck Chinese Restaurant on Sunday, March 14, 2010, to enjoy appetizers and hear a talk by Dr. Jane Junn, Professor of Political Science at the University of Southern California, titled “Asian American Political Engagement: Who is Active in Politics?”  Dr. Jane Junn presented her thought-provoking research on Asian American engagement in politics, which included the first national Asian American political survey broken down by ethnicity. This survey was conducted during the 2008 United States Presidential Election. Contrary to stereotypes of Asian Americans as apolitical, this survey showed a rich portrait and broad spectrum of Asian American political involvement and activism.

APA Heritage Month Workshop
May 15, 2014
“The Challenges of Mobilizing Asian American Students in the Central Valley: a presentation of survey findings examining the challenges & successes of Asian American students at Fresno State”

2009 Holiday Luncheon & Annual Meeting
December 5, 2009
CCAPW members and supporters gathered at the Thai Lao Palace to celebrate the holiday season and share our stories.  After swearing in the 2010 CCAPW Board of Directors and completing our business meeting, we listened to the leaders among us who shared stories of their families, their work, and their connection to our community.  Project Access (Fresno Unified School District) was this year’s holiday donation recipient, and was presented with 34 coats & jackets for children & teens, and $200 donated by CCAPW members.

2009 Scholarship Luncheon & General Meeting
July 25, 2009
Scholarships were awarded to 10 talanted young women at our Saturday, July 25, 2009 General Meeting and Scholarship Luncheon at the Vintage Dining Room on the campus of California State University, Fresno.  Dr. Ellen Junn, Associate Provost of CSU Fresno, gave the keynote address at the luncheon.  CCAPW awarded $10,000 in scholarships to 10 impressive and dedicated Central Valley students, the highest amount of scholarships the organization has awarded in a single year during its 30 year history.

Asian Pacific Islander Leadership Council
July 7, 2009
CCAPW leaders and members participated in the quarterly forum of API voices facilitated by Councilmember Blong Xiong.  Councilmember Xiong updated the forum on activities at Fresno City Hall, and members announced community activites and events.  Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin addressed the forum, and engaged in discussion with community members on a variety of issues facing API communities.

Pinedale Assembly Center Memorial Day of Remembrance
February 16, 2009
CCAPW leaders and members attended the dedication ceremonies for the Pinedale Assembly Center Memorial. The Memorial was erected at the site where thousands of United States citizens of Japanese ancestry living in California, Oregon and Washington, and family members who emigrated to the States from Japan, were held by government decree following the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941. Assembly Centers likethe one in Pinedale served as the first stop for more than 120,000 Japanese Americans on the way to years of forced incarceration at internment camps in Arizona, Wyoming, California and other western states.  The outside Memorial is over 7,000 square feet consisting of a fountain and original fountain sculpture, concrete plaza, Japanese landscaping, historical landmark designation plaque, and an interpretive wall of ten storyboards which poignantly illustrate the journey of Japanese American internment and redress. The fountain and remembrance were designed and built by Gerard Tsutakawa, whose father designed two sculptures that anchor Fulton Mall.

An Evening with Kao Kalia Yang, Author of The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir
October 15, 2008
CCAPW held a book reading event welcoming Kao Kalia Yang, Author of The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir, on her visit to Fresno. With over 150 community members in attendance, the event was a testament to the Asian American community’s eagerness to support the success of a young, gifted, and inspirational Hmong American writer from Minnesota.

Asian American Leadership Council Mayoral Forum 
September 27, 2008
CCAPW leaders and members participated in Fresno’s first Mayoral Forum to discuss how mayoral candidates can better meet the needs of the Asian American community and become civically engaged in the political process.

Women Speak Out: Changing the Way Californians Age 
September 26, 2008
At the invitation of the Women’s Foundation of California, CCAPW participated on a Local Planning Committee to organize a Fresno Speak Out. More than 25% of the participants were API women. This was the first phase of the Elder Women’s Initiative, which “aims to build the movement led by elder women and their allies for a California where we can age with well-being, dignity, and economic security.”