Patricia Kinaga

Patricia Kinaga

Meet Patricia Kinaga, a Local Heroes 2014 Asian Pacific American Heritage Month nominee

Title: Co-Founder, current Chair
Organization: Asians and Pacific Islanders with Disabilities (APIDC)
Website: Asians & Pacific Islanders with Disabilities of California (APIDC)

"Patty has been a significant role model and leader in the API community. She has founded several organizations to address significant issues in the community and has advocated for change to address these issues. Through her film making she has brought to the forefront significant issues in the API community." Bill H. Seki, Seki Nishimura Watase, LLP (nominator)
(Also nominated by Linda Wah, friend)


  • Co-Founder and Chair, Asians and Pacific Islanders with Disabilities of California (APIDC), an unique advocacy non-profit dedicated to supporting this population which is underserved due to cultural, religious and language barriers
  • .APIDC is launching a youth leadership program for college age Asians with physical and mental disabilities.

  • Co-Founder/Past President/Ongoing Supporter of Asian Pacific Women's Center (a domestic violence shelter for Asian Women and their children)

  • Award-winning documentary film maker on numerous topics affecting the Asian and Pacific Islander Communities

  • Co-Founder, past Chair of Asian Pacific American Dispute Resolution Center (community based mediation program)

  • Advisory council for Asian Americans Advancing Justice/Los Angeles; Past President/board member for Japanese American Bar Association


2014 Black History Month Awards


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