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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.

Please enjoy our upcoming lineups, and to everyone in our community, stay healthy and stay safe.


Tuesday, April 13, 2021 2:23 PM

$300 Covid-19 Financial Relief for Qualifying Families

$300 Financial Assistance for Families Impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic

APCC is pleased to partner with All In WA to give $300 in Financial Assistance for families who have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic.  The first 300 qualified families* will receive $300. There are several simple ways to fill out the application, and applicants must show documentation of their hardship (copy of lay-off notice, medical bills, etc.). Please see the application for more details. If you have any questions, contact APCC at (253) 393-3900. The deadline is April 26, 2021 @ 5pm. *one application per household please.

  1. Must be Pierce County Resident 
  2.  Must be 18 years old or older
  3. Financially impacted by covid-19

Options to submit your application.

  1. Fill out the application online  at:
  2. Download the form, Click Here, fill it out and email to or fax a copy to 253-292-1551.
  3. Call us at 253-383-3900 to schedule an appointment to pick up an application. 

Friday, April 2, 2021 7:25 AM

Presenting our annual Korea Day. FB Live and In-person.

Click here or image for more information.  This event is now Live and In-Person for the first 15 people to sign up.

Friday, March 26, 2021 3:22 PM

Join us for a conversation with our friend Congresswoman Marilyn Strickland.


Please join us at 4 p.m. on March 30 for an informal 40-minute conversation with Congresswoman Marilyn Strickland (WA-10th District). This discussion will include far-ranging topics ranging from setting up a congressional office during a global pandemic to committee assignments and their impact on the district, as well as the congresswoman’s personal observations on the work of Congress. World Affairs Council of Tacoma President Marcia Garrett will serve as moderator and pose questions to the congresswoman, who began serving her first term in January.

The event will be live-streamed over YouTube Live.

“A Conversation with Marilyn Strickland” is open to the public, but registration is required. There is no charge to attend.

Please click here to register for the event.

Friday, March 26, 2021 7:33 AM

Stop AAPI Hate, End White Supremacy Rally

Dear Friends and Families of APCC - please join us this Saturday March 27th, 2:00 pm at this important rally. We need you! ~ Lua Pritchard

In the wake of the Atlanta shootings, the AAPI (American Asian Pacific Islander) community and their allies are seeking solace. This attack comes at a time when anti-Asian hate crimes have risen 150% in the US. Racial violence towards Asian and Asian American women is often sexualized violence that is shaped by the history of American imperialism in Asia and a culture based on the concept of white supremacy.

As a people that live in the city where “The Tacoma Method” was used to drive out Chinese residents in 1885, we recognize that there is a deep trauma of anti-Asian violence which we need to continue to address collectively. To read more about the Tacoma Method and the Chinese Reconciliation Park, please visit:
• Congresswoman Marilyn Strickland
• Tacoma Mayor Victoria Woodards
• Art Wang - former State Representative
• Theresa Pan Hosley - Founder and President Chinese Reconciliation Project Foundation
• Marty Campbell - Pierce County Council Member
• Dr. Minh Anh Hodge - Executive Director, EL/Global Education
• Bryan Yambe - Fife Deputy Mayor
• Miriam Barnett- Executive Director- YWCA
• Lua Pritchard- Executive Director- Asia Pacific Cultural Center (AP
More will be added as we confirm them!

• Drums and Dancers provided by Asia Pacific Cultural Center

Monday, March 22, 2021 3:16 PM

My Unforgotten Seattle by Ron Chew. A FB Live Conversation.

Join us for a memorable Facebook Live conversation with Ron Chew from his personal memoir My Unforgotten Seattle. The presentation will be hosted by Tacoma writer and journalist Tamiko Nimura.

Click here to go to the APCC Facebook Page.

Third-generation Seattleite, historian, journalist, and museum visionary Ron Chew spent more than five decades fighting for Asian American and social justice causes in Seattle. In this deeply personal memoir, he documents the tight-knit community he remembers, describing small family shops, chop suey restaurants, and sewing factories now vanished. He untangles the mystery of his extended family’s journey to America during the era of the Chinese Exclusion Act. Intimate profiles of his parents—a waiter and garment worker—and leaders like Bob Santos, Ruth Woo, Al Sugiyama, Roberto Maestas, and Kip Tokuda are set against the familiar backdrop of local landmarks such as Sick’s Stadium, Kokusai Theatre, Shorey’s Bookstore, Higo Variety Store, Hong Kong Restaurant, and Chubby &Tubby. He highlights Seattle’s unsung champions in the fight for racial inclusion, political empowerment, American ethnic studies, Asian American arts, Japanese American redress, and revitalization of the Chinatown-International District. Chew himself led a successful campaign to transform a historic hotel into the Wing Luke Museum’s permanent home.
Tamiko Nimura is an Asian American writer, community journalist, and public historian living in Tacoma, Washington. She is the author of ROSA FRANKLIN: A LIFE IN HEALTH CARE, PUBLIC SERVICE, AND SOCIAL JUSTICE (2019) and the co-author of WE HEREBY REFUSE: JAPANESE AMERICAN RESISTANCE TO WARTIME INCARCERATION (forthcoming, May 2021).

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