The Celebration of Justice is CAA’s largest annual fundraiser and brings together community leaders, activists, corporate supporters, and friends for a night of celebration and renewing our commitment to social justice. Over 400 guests attend this special event each year, including prominent leaders in the Asian & Pacific Islander, civil rights, and political communities.

47th Anniversary Celebration of Justice 
Thursday, September 8, 2016
6:00PM   General Reception
7:00PM   Dinner & Program

This year, we celebrate CAA’s 47th year serving the Chinatown and Asian American communities. The evening will feature a conversation between Prof. Ling-chi Wang, who helped establish Asian American studies at UC Berkeley, and Joyce Xi, daughter of Xiaoxing Xi, a Chinese American scientist wrongfully prosecuted for espionage. Joyce and leading national civil rights and civil liberties organizations including CAA are calling for an investigation of whether there is a pattern and practice of discrimination by the Department of Justice. Join us for an inspiring conversation about how Joyce Xi is turning a family tragedy to a cause for justice on behalf of all communities being unfairly targeted.

Our 45th Anniversary Celebration of Justice will be held on Thursday, June 12. The reception will begin at 6:00pm followed by the dinner and program at 7:00pm.


CAA’s 47th Anniversary Celebration of Justice will be held at the Far East Cafe, one of the oldest and most esteemed restaurants in San Francisco Chinatown. The Far East Cafe is located at 631 Grant Avenue (Google map) and paid parking can be found at Portsmouth Square Garage (Google map) or St. Mary’s Square Garage (Google map).


Asian Prisoner Support Committee
For providing support to currently and formerly incarcerated Asian and Pacific Islanders and for their leadership efforts in the movement to end mass incarceration and deportation.

Thomas C. Layton
For championing community based philanthropy that advances the human and civil rights for diverse communities.

Kathy Owyang Turner
For serving the Asian American and Chinese American community to preserve history and uphold political and civil rights in our multiracial democracy.

Joyce Xi
Daughter of Xiaoxing Xi, a Chinese American scientist wrongfully prosecuted for espionage. Joyce has launched a national online campaign to draw attention to the incredible and shocking abuse of power by the U.S. government.

L. Ling-chi Wang
Ling-Chi Wang is Professor Emeritus of Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies at UC Berkeley and a founder of Chinese for Affirmative Action. In 2000, Professor Wang led a national campaign to exonerate Taiwanese American scientist Wen Ho Lee, who was falsely accused by the U.S. government of being a Chinese spy.


Eddy Zheng
Eddy has a lifelong commitment to serving the children, youth, and families of the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. He is a 2015 Open Society Foundation Soros Justice Fellow and the subject of the award winning documentary “Breathin’: The Eddy Zheng Story”.

Tickets are on sale! Individual tickets are $200 each, please register using the below button. For sponsorships, please see below.

Support CAA’s community work and bring visibility to your company or organization. To become a sponsor or learn about sponsorship benefits and deadlines, please visit or contact Nattie Fong at (415)274-6750 or

Thank you to our sponsors:

Emily Lee
Emily Leung, Ricky Ho, and Linda Ho
Rolland and Kathy Lowe

Henry and Priscilla Der
Frances and Frankie Lee
Lisa K. Lee
L. Ling-chi and Linda Wang
Stella and Dick Wong

California Teachers Association
Bernadette Chi and Raymond Sheen
Don Q. Griffin
Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund
May and Larry Jew
Kaiser Permanente
Hanmin Liu and Jennifer Mei
Minami Tamaki LLP
Mock/Wallace Architects
Vincent Pan
Portsmouth Plaza Parking Corporation
Peggy Saika and Art Chen
San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit
Lillian K. Sing
Assemblymember Phil Ting
Kathy and Chuck Turner
Germaine Q Wong

Asian Prisoner Support Committee
Barcelon Jang Architecture
Donna Chong and Gerald Quigley
Philip Choy
Eileen Dong
Paul and Maxine Fong
Hanson Bridgett LLP
Gyöngy Laky
Celia Lee and Clarke Holland
Lennar Urban
Randall Lowe
National Union of Healthcare Workers
Steven Owyang and Onilda Cheung
Strategic Education Services
Gloria Tai
Arthur and Deborah Yee

Emily Lee, Co-Chair
Stella Lee Wong, Co-Chair
Israel Alvaran
Diane T. Chin
Henry and Priscilla Der
Antonio Diaz
Lariza Dugan-Cuadra
May and Larry Jew
Jack W. Lee
Olivia Lee
Steven Owyang and Onilda Cheung
Eva Paterson
Peggy Saika
Robynn Takayama
Alex Tom
Linda Wang
Ted Wang
Dae Joong Yoon


Chinese for Affirmative Action is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Our tax ID number is 94-2161304. The per person value above $40 is tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. No tickets will be mailed; your reservation will be held at the door.

For more information about the Celebration of Justice, please contact Susan Hsieh at (415)274-6750 or

You can also see information from last year’s Celebration of Justice.