Jul 8 Meet Giao - SEARAC's Intern Based in Our California Office

My name is Giao Tran. In Vietnamese, my full name is Trần Đông Giao. I was born in Saigon, Vietnam in 1993 and immigrated to the United States with my parents only ten months later.

Dec 4 SEARAC 2012 Civic Engagement Efforts
Tong Thao

...true civic engagement does not start and end with election season, nor should civic engagement be reduced to the act of voting. The importance of staying active in the community, continually advocating for and on behalf of your community, your interest, your values, and your future are the core of being civically engaged...

Sep 25 Have You Registered to Vote Yet?

Today is National Voter Registration Day! The results of this year’s election will impact the policies affecting our diverse communities. Your vote and your voice is needed to elect lawmakers who will craft comprehensive policies that uplifts our communities, especially on issues like immigration, education, health care reforms, and Social Security.

Be part of this national civic engagement movement as we make sure the voices of Southeast Asian Americans are heard. Register to vote online here on our website! 

Mar 27 Southeast Asian Americans Welcome the California Health Benefit Exchange to the Central Valley
Jonathan Tran

A day before the two-year anniversary of the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) the Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC), Stone Soup Fresno and members of the Hmong Health Collaborative joined health care advocates, direct services organizations, and community members in advance of the first California Health Benefit Exchange Board (HBEX) meeting held in Fresno to celebrate the ACA and advocate on its implementation. As a key component of health care reform, the HBEX will serve as a regulated marketplace that will help consumers buy private health insurance.

Apr 8 "Lack of Language and Insurance Access are Major Barriers to Health Care" - Sharon Stanely (FIRM)
Nenick Vu
  • Fresno Interdenominational Refugee Ministries (FIRM)             
  • Sharon Stanley, Executive Director

"At Fresno Interdenominational Refugee Ministries, we have been working as partners in the Hmong Health Collaborative (HHC) and over the past year tried to identify health disparities and barriers to communities accessing health care. From our work, we have found that language is a major barrier, as well as insurance access..."

Apr 1 "Make Health Care Affordable" - Lao Assistance Center of Minnesota
Ivy Ngo

Organizational Profile:

  • Lao Assistance Center of Minnesota
  • Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Website:
  • Serving the community since 1983
  • Sunny Chanthanouvong, Executive Director

The Lao Assistance Center of Minnesota (LACM) has been a strong fixture in the Twin Cities area since 1983. Serving much of Hennepin County, LACM has provided crucial assistance to the Laotian-American community in six main areas: health and wellness, youth engagement, employment, civic engagement, elder empowerment, and housing.

LACM considers one of the biggest issues facing the community to be access to affordable and quality health care services. Although many of the clients that LACM serves are eligible for health insurance plans...

Mar 22 "My Hope is That My Community Has Access to Quality Health Care" - MaiKa Yang, Stone Soup
Nenick Vu

Throughout the Ensuring Our Healthy Future Campaign launch, we will highlight each of our partners and their hopes for their community and the Affordable Care Act on our blog. SEARAC's community organizer, Nenick Vu, interviewed Stone Soup's executive director, MaiKa Yang, for our first post.

Organizational Profile:

  • Stone Soup Fresno
  • Location: Fresno, CA
  • Website:
  • Serving the community for 18 years
  • Services: Citizenship classes, parent engagement programs, youth leadership development