2018 Year of the Dog Lunar New Year Banquet

Posted on Mar 9, 2018 in Current Year's Banquet

Happy Lunar New Year of the Earth Dog!

Celebrate the new year with us at APIQWTC’s 31st banquet!

The banquet will be hosted at Cinnamon Tree in Oakland’s Chinatown.

Year-of-dogEvent offerings include:

– Dinner
– Live Community Performances
– Announcement of Student Scholarships
– Recognition of Banquet Beneficiary, ASPIRE
– Presentation of the Phoenix Award to Cecilia Chung
– Silent Auction
– Raffle Prizes
– Speed Dating
– After Party (21 & Over) Location: TBA

For general Banquet info, email .

APIQWTC is an all-volunteer grassroots group. Proceeds from this fundraiser directly supports more student scholarships and more community events!

This event is: ADA accessible, scent-free, vegetarian friendly.

  • When & Where
  • Ticket Info
  • Phoenix Award Honorees
  • Community Beneficiary
  • Scholarship
  • Performance Lineup
  • Donate Products & Services
  • Place An Ad / Placement on Pets Page
  • Sign Up to Volunteer

The APIQWTC Year of the Dog Lunar New Year Banquet will be on:

Date: 4/21/2018

Time: 5pm to 11pm

Location: Cinnamon Tree

708 Franklin Street Oakland, CA 94607 [map]

Street Parking is available! (Free after 6pm). Nearby Parking Garages. Via BART from 12th St / Oakland. Head southwest on Broadway toward 12th St, turn left onto 12th St, turn right onto Franklin Street.

This event is:

  • ADA accessible
  • vegetarian-friendly & gluten-free-friendly
  • Scent-free**

(Trans and youth are encouraged to attend.)

**See this site for description and guidelines for being scent-free: http://goo.gl/ZyDsHa

Ticket Info

We have several sponsorship levels.

Be a PLATINUM Level Sponsor! PLATINUM Level Sponsors will be recognized for your generous support in the banquet program under the “Thank You Sponsors” section. Of course, if you choose to be an anonymous sponsor, we will gladly honor your wish. (No refunds after 4/15/2018 through Brown Paper Tickets.)

Purchase tickets online:


Level Dollar Amount
Earlybird Reserved Table $60/person – Purchase by March 20, 2018. Table includes 10 meals at one reserved table.
Reserved Table $65/person – Table includes 10 meals at one reserved table.
PLATINUM SPONSOR $100/person – Includes VIP program acknowledgement
Earlybird Registration $45 – Purchase by March 20, 2018
General Registration $50 – Purchased after March 20, 2018
Seniors / Students $30 – Student ID required at the door. Seniors must be 65 and over
Children (4-13 years old) $20
Children (3 and under) FREE – Please provide the names of children 3 and under
*Donation-Based* Speed Dating $5.00 Recommended Minimum Donation

Mail-in reservations

Mailed reservation and payment must be postmarked by March 20, 2018 to ensure discount pricing. Space is limited. Reservation is guaranteed by check only. Please make checks payable to “API Banquet” and return this form with your reservation to: APIQWTC “C/O Junior Claros” P.O. Box 31872, San Francisco, CA 94131

To pay by check, print and mail this form: https://goo.gl/xmwRd1 (Mail-in reservations: Non-refundable after April 10th)

Questions regarding tickets/registration? Contact the registration team at

Phoenix Award Honoree

2018 HONOREE – Cecilia Chung

Congratulations to Cecilia Chung, Our 2018 Phoenix Award Honoree!

cecilia_headshotCecilia Chung, Senior Director of Strategic Projects of Transgender Law Center, is a Health Commissioner of San Francisco and an internationally recognized human rights leader who advocates for HIV/AIDS awareness and treatment access, LGBT equality, and social justice.

An immigrant from Hong Kong, Cecilia arrived in San Francisco in 1984. Cecilia has worked locally and internationally to advance equality and justice. Over the past 25 years, Cecilia has broken ground in a number of ways including: being the first transgender woman and first Asian to be elected to lead the Board of Directors of the San Francisco Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Celebration; the first transgender woman and first person living openly with HIV to Chair the San Francisco Human Rights Commission; and, an architect of the nation’s most ambitious publicly funded program addressing economic justice within the transgender community. Her community service spans nearly two decades. In 1994, she was a member of San Francisco’s Transgender Discrimination Task Force, which documented widespread discrimination against transgender people through a groundbreaking report. The work of the Taskforce led the City to adopt many pioneering anti-discrimination ordinances and policies. During her tenure as President of the SF Pride Board, she led the organization in achieving a new standard of inclusion and excellence.

Cecilia ChungIn 2004, as a founding producer of Trans March, she helped organize one of the world’s largest annual transgender events which has since been replicated in cities across the U.S. In 2005, she became the first Deputy Director of the Transgender Law Center and is widely credited with shaping the organization’s mission and programs. In 2013, she was appointed to the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS. In 2015, Cecilia launched Positively Trans, a first-of-its-kind leadership development project that focuses on trans leaders of color living with HIV.

Cecilia’s accolades include the Levis Strauss & Co. Pioneer Award, the San Francisco AIDS Foundation Cleve Jones Award, the Human Rights Campaign Community Service Award, California Women of The Year, Out and Equal Champion of the Year Award, to name a few.

As one of the seven commissioners in San Francisco Department of Public Health, Cecilia chairs the Finance and Planning Committee that provide oversights and approve contracts with a combine budget of US$ 2.2 millions. As an Asian transgender woman living with HIV, she has dedicated herself to ending stigma, discrimination, and violence in all communities.

APIQWTC Phoenix Award

The Phoenix Award honors API queer women and transgender individuals who have made outstanding contributions of historical significance to the Asian Pacific Islander queer women and transgender community. The Phoenix symbolizes virtue, grace, integrity, and peace. The mythical bird additionally signifies divine beauty in its symbolic incorporation of opposing forces – yin and yang, male and female, conflict and happiness – to create harmony and balance. Awardees embody the qualities of the Phoenix, in their power and commitment to inspire faith and incite action towards justice.

Community Beneficiary

Congratulations to ASPIRE, Our 2018 Banquet Beneficiary!


About ASPIRE – http://sfbay.aspireforjustice.org

ASPIRE is the first Pan-Asian undocumented immigrant led group in the country, housed under Asian Law Caucus based in San Francisco Bay Area. The mission of ASPIRE is to empower undocumented Asian Pacific Islander youth and young adults to educate, advocate, organize, and mobilize for the rights of immigrant families. ASPIRE’s vision is to build an inclusive and socially just society. In this recent year, ASPIRE has continue to protest against inhumane deportations by advocating via legislative visits, community education, and nonviolent direct actions.

APIQWTC Scholarship

SPECIAL THANKS to all supporters of the Silent Auction and Raffle and other APIQWTC-sponsored events, all of which support the scholarship program.

donate Click here to donate to the scholarship fund, or donate at the Banquet!

A portion of Banquet proceeds goes to the APIQWTC Scholarship fund to support queer API women and transgender people in their pursuit of technical/professional training or higher education. The scholarship aims to recognize active community members and encourage future leaders. The scholarship fund is strictly segregated from the APIQWTC general operating fund. For more info, contact Junior Claros at .

Performance Lineup


Michelle Meow

Michelle Meow, host and producer of "The Michelle Meow Show," is your A-Z, covering the LGBT, LMNOP, and everyone in between. She attended San Francisco State University and received a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism and shortly after, started her career in radio. Michelle’s show can be heard in San Francisco and nationally on the Progressive Voices Network. The local TV show can be seen on KOFY TV, Channel 20/Cable 713 Sunday nights at 930pm. Michelle has also been a co-host of the San Francisco Pride Parade broadcast since 2006. She is currently the President of the San Francisco Pride Board of Directors. She is a self-described LGBT history geek, information sponge, and a lover not a fighter. michellemeow.com

Chu on dis

We are a multi-generational trio spread across 3 different decades, brought together by their Japanese roots. Chu is an icon in the LGBT community in Tokyo known for founding the popular “Chestnut & Squirrel” bar in Shibuya, performing original songs on guitar, and inspiring younger LGBT generations to live out their dreams. Ako plays Irish music on her violin, something she engaged in during her study abroad program in Ireland when she was in high school, and she is also known for having served as a core member in the Gaygler community in Japan. Momo, a California girl through-and-through, is increasingly grateful that she was brought up speaking Japanese at home, and enjoys being a jack of all trades but a master of none by playing oboe, saxophone, occasionally tuba, and sometimes singing jazz vocals.

Anjali Rimi

Anjali Rimi is a human that has transcended the intersectional existence of being transgender, immigrant, South Asian and a rape survivor. She strives to be visible in a safe space albeit vulnerable. Anjali requests the world to accept Trans identities as equals and capable individuals of holding jobs, degrees, relationships and a dignified life. Accept, stand and include them.

kapwa the band

kapwa the band met at a UC Berkeley Pilipinx Christian group in 2015. The members share a commitment to finding the connections between their identities around faith, queerness and ethnic identity, and social justice. Drawing inspiration from gospel, soul, and hip hop, they use music as a creative expression to celebrate the fullness of who they are. And, most of all, they have hella fun doing it.If you wanna give us a listen, go here: SoundCloud.com/kapwathebandInstagram: @kapwatheband


INNOVIỆT is a Queer and Trans Vietnamese acoustic ensemble based in the Bay Area made up of 1.5 - 2nd generation Vietnamese-American mixed-level musicians. A blend of traditional Vietnamese music influenced by Boléro, Bossa Nova, Việt-Latinx sounds and much more! Arranged by Camille Mai. InnoViệt is a play on words for embracing their inner-Việt and their innovation of music.

Donate to APIQWTC Banquet Silent Auction / Raffle

In the past years, our banquet SILENT AUCTION and RAFFLE have raised funds for scholarships and causes such as earthquake relief and resources for survivors of human trafficking. This year’s funds will support ASPIRE, the first Pan-Asian undocumented immigrant led group in the country. The mission of ASPIRE is to empower undocumented Asian Pacific Islander youth and young adults to educate, advocate, organize, and mobilize for the rights of immigrant families.


  • and MORE!

*** (Donations are tax deductible.)

If you have a potential auction/raffle item or know of any individuals or businesses that might be willing to donate items, please contact: .

Thank you for your support!

APIQWTC Banquet 2018 Silent Auction & Raffle Committee Tracy, Vanessa, Megumi, and Mioi

Place an Ad in Our Program? Feature Your Pet(s) on the APIQWTC Pets Page

Calling all community members and pet lovers!  You can support APIQWTC by placing an ad in our banquet program! We are now accepting Program Ad and Pet Pages submissions.

In addition to reaching out to approximately 250 banquet guests, a portion of your ad proceeds will go towards funding APIQWTC scholarships and will help support us pay for banquet expenses.

More information is included in the registration forms below.

  • For more info about the Pet Pages Form, please contact .
    The complete Pet Pages Registration form can be emailed back to Mary.

  • For the Program Ad Registration Form, please email digital ad art to Mary at , with “APIQWTC Ad” in the subject header.

    Artwork and check must be RECEIVED by Wednesday, MARCH 21st 2018.

**Checks must be RECEIVED (not postmarked, received) by Wednesday, MARCH 21st 2018 in order for us to confirm ad placement in the Pets Pages of the event program. This is the printing deadline, no exceptions. Please see mailing address inside forms below.

Please click on links or images below to download your forms.

Program Ad Registration Form Program-Ad-Registration-Form-2018 Pet Ad Registration Form Pet-Ad-Registration-Form