The Asian/Pacific AIDS Coalition (APAC) was originally formed as the Asian/Pacific AIDS Task Force in 1987. APAC, like the
Black and the Latino Coalitions on AIDS, was part of the second wave of People of Color AIDS groups in San Francisco. It served
primarily as an advocacy group and a bridge between various Asian political, healthcare, and other organizations. It also
helped numerous AIDS-related groups to secure emergency funding and to develop organizational skills. Its demise in June of
1996 was due in large part to its success in nurturing other groups. The APAC records document these activities thoroughly.
The Asian Pacific AIDS Coalition (APAC), founded in 1988, was originally called the Asian AIDS Task Force. It coalesced to
address the gaps in education, prevention, and direct services to Asian and Pacific Islanders affected by HIV. Like several
similar groups organized around specific communities (African-American, Latino, Native American, Women, Sex Workers, Transsexuals,
etc), APAC came into being because the needs of the people it addressed were not being adequately met by the larger, more
general AIDS service providers such as the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and Shanti.
4.75 linear feet
2 manuscript boxes, 3 cartons
Copyright to unpublished manuscript materials has been transferred to the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society.
Collection open for research.