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Our mission is to bridge communities and generations through art, culture, education, and business.

Asia Pacific Cultural Center (APCC) serves as an interactive cultural crossroads between local and international communities.

APCC is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that was formed in November 1996 from the vision of a small group of citizens representing three generations of Americans from Asian and Pacific Islanders heritage. APCC represents 47 countries and cultures, offering programs and services honoring their distinct artistry, business protocols, history, and social practices.

Our 22nd Annual New Year Celebration featuring Vietnam was an amazing success. Thousands of people came to enjoy the days' activities of cultural entertainment, food, demos, shopping, and more.  See our highlight video below. 

 Thank you for all that came and enjoyed our annual event. 


Please enjoy this our upcoming lineup, and to everyone in our community, stay healthy and stay safe.
July 25, 9:00am – Tour of Temples: an insightful tour of local Korean, Vietnamese, and Cambodian Temples with Ms. Patsy Surh O’Connell, APCC founder and president as our guide

Samoa Cultural Week

A joyous and festive celebration of the Samoan people and the rich Polynesian heritage. 

While we are not able to host it in-person this year due to the COVID-19 outbreak, we bring to you online a series of wonderful classes and demonstrations showcasing the pride of the Samoan community.

Order of Activities:

July 26, 9:00 am – A tour of the First Samoan Congregation Church at Joint Base Lewis-McChord with Mr. Vincent Vaielua as our guide

July 27, 1:00 pm – High Chief Leota Strickland leads a class on Samoan language

July 28 , 2:00 pm– A fun Samoan Youth Power Hour with Lydia Faitalia and Kiana Fuega. 

July 29, 6:00 pm – Live Songs from the Island with various artist. Collaboration with Big Uce Radio (B.U.R) With Vincent Vaielua and Manny Koke

July 30, 2:00 pm – Connecting with our youth during this Samoan Youth Talk hosted by Mr. Mane Tuia’ana

July 31, 4:00 pm – Fashion Designer Melvina teaches us all about Samoan fashion and clothing



Friday, July 24, 2020 11:59 AM

Samoa Cultural Week is now Virtual on FB Live. See our upcoming exciting line up.

Starting today at 3:00 pm. Our Promise Leaders Of Tomorrow (PLOT) program presents a series of empowering youth workshops.

Register at: or text/call Mane at 253-326-0350 if you have questions.


Thursday, June 25, 2020 12:41 PM

Virtual Gallery July - August Featured Artist coming soon.

VIRTUAL GALLERY - July 1st. Our Featured artist will have a virtual gallery here on our Facebook page. Come see it here, when it's posted on July 1st. Click Here to join our Facebook Page.

Michelle Kumata is a 3.5 generation Japanese American artist and Seattle native with a BFA in Illustration from The School of Visual Arts in New York, NY. She worked as a graphic artist at The Seattle Times for over a decade. She also served as Exhibit Director at Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience for 12 years.

Michelle is influenced by heritage, identity and legacy. Her work has been shown at Frye Art Museum, Center on Contemporary Art, Bumbershoot, Nordstrom and The Society of Illustrators Museum, New York, NY.

See more of Michelle’s work at or follow her on Instagram @michellekumata

Tuesday, April 14, 2020 9:02 AM

Census 2020. Please fill out your Census now. WE COUNT!

From east to west, north to south, all our voices count. Together, we can ensure federal funding for essential resources like health care, public safety and education stays in our communities. Take the Census now at #everystatecounts#WACounts2020


Tuesday, March 24, 2020 12:40 PM

APCC Closed Until Further Notice COVID-19 (Corona Virus)

Dear APCC friends, families, and community partners/members:
The health and safety of our staff, community, volunteers, partners and visitors is very important to us as an organization. In respect and following the instructions of our APCC board, our State health and government officials, as well as our Federal Leaders - for us all to adhere to directives to help slow the spread of the Corona virus (COVID-19) in our local community. 
Asia Pacific Cultural Center will be closed until further notice. Staff will work from home or be in office as needed only to address certain program deadlines. We will be in touch with clients and providing community assistance via telephone, or emails on as needed basis.  
We will continue reevaluating the situation with public health authorities and other partners. We will keep updating our website as developments occur. We know that APCC provides important benefits and services to the community and these closures and cancellations will have real impacts. APCC remains in contact with partner agencies and local government and service providers to help the community in any way we can.
We are here to help and can answer your questions. Please call our emergency call line 253-590-7457 or email us at or go online at and write us through there or our Facebook page.
Please stay safe and healthy!   

Monday, March 23, 2020 11:30 AM


Please note that the Taste of Asia featuring Cambodia on April 4th has been cancelled.  

Please stay safe and healthy.

~ Asia Pacific Cultural Center

Asia Pacific Cultural Center
4851 South Tacoma Way | Tacoma, WA 98409
Telephone: (253)383.3900
Fax: (253)292-1551
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