Global Asian American &
Pacific Islander Caucus



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    The Democrats Abroad Global Asian American and Pacific Islander Caucus (AAPI) advocates on issues important to Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders both in the United States of America and living abroad.

    The AAPI Caucus focuses on reaching out to AAPI voters living abroad, increasing engagement in civic and political life, and advocating for laws, policies, and programs that improve the lives of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

    We are also committed to highlighting AAPI history, culture, and the role of AAPI communities in fighting against racism, structural discrimination, and oppression. All Democrats Abroad members are welcome to join the AAPI Caucus.

    Join us to receive email updates about volunteering, upcoming events, and new AAPI caucus groups forming in your countries and chapters.

    If you'd like to start an AAPI caucus in your Democrats Abroad country committee or chapter, we've put together a guide to forming your own local AAPI caucus.

    Get involved in the AAPI Caucus! You can volunteer at the local, national, or global level with our different working groups and projects.

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    What is the AAPI Caucus?

    • A forum for all Democrats Abroad members to understand the issues and concerns facing the AAPI community.
    • A platform to engage with AAPI voters living abroad to ensure their needs are met.
    • A vehicle to help eliminate unconscious bias towards AAPI among Americans and Democrats Abroad members.
    • An advocate for policies and reforms important to the AAPI community, especially AAPI Democrats Abroad.
    • A champion for AAPI history and culture to promote intercultural understanding.

    Learn more about the AAPI caucus and read the caucus founding document, the Terms of Reference. To contact the co-chairs of the Democrats Abroad Global AAPI Caucus, send an email to [email protected].

    DA Global AAPI Caucus Leadership:

    Emily Lines
    | Vice Chair, Germany; Global Co-Chair, AAPI Caucus
    Powen Shiah
    | Global AAPI Caucus Steering Committee; Treasurer & DPCA Representative, Germany
    Anya Leonhard
    | DA Global AAPI Caucus Steering Committee; Press Coordinator, Germany; DPCA Voting Rep, Germany; Communications and Press Officer, Saxony
    Cory Lemke
    | Chair, DAROK ; AP Coordinator, Global GOTV Team
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    News

    September News: Welcome from the New Chair & Member Survey

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    As the incoming chair of the AAPI Caucus, I am honored and excited to be taking on this role. Since the caucus was established last year, we have grown to over 500 members, and we are looking forward to continuing to grow the caucus and increase turnout among Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders living abroad.

    Since last June, I have co-chaired this caucus with Cory Lemke (Democrats Abroad South Korea). On behalf of our Steering Committee, I would like to thank Cory for his work in establishing this caucus and helping to lead it. Cory was recently named the new Get Out The Vote (GOTV) Coordinator for the Asia-Pacific region. Even though Cory will be taking on this new role, we are glad that he will stay on as a member of our Steering Committee, and we look forward to supporting him as the AP GOTV Coordinator.

    We took a short break in August, but we are back and invigorated for the fall season. This Caucus is your caucus, so we want to know what you think! Please complete this member interest survey.

    Calling all California voters! 25% of our caucus members vote in California. Have you sent in your ballot yet? We need every Californian to VOTE NO on the governor recall. You can leave question 2 blank or choose a Democrat! If you voted in 2020, you should have received your absentee ballot already. Fax in your ballot today. Questions or problems? Check our website for more information.

    In October, we’ll start a discussion series to talk about the five-part PBS Documentary “Asian Americans”. The first discussion will be on Wednesday, October 20, 2021, at 7:30pm Berlin time. Each event will discuss one episode. In case you can’t make this first discussion, we will rotate the times so that they are at more convenient times for our members around the world.

    We are also always looking for more volunteers. If you are interested in getting involved with the AAPI Caucus, either at the international or local level, please get in touch by emailing me at [email protected]

    Best wishes,

    Emily Lines
    Chair, AAPI Caucus

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    The Freedom to Vote

    The USA has taken a lot of steps recently to address AAPI issues.  President Biden signed the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act into law, Illinois has required public schools teach Asian American history, and California has set aside $156 million to community groups to tackle the root causes of Asian hate.

    We need to wield political power to continue this trend, and this means we need to VOTE.  We turned out in historic numbers to elect President Biden and the current House as well as many Senators. But state legislatures have created voting restrictions that disproportionately affect voters of color — limiting absentee voting, purging voter registration lists, closing polling sites, reducing voting hours, and even criminalizing handing out food and water to voters waiting in line.

    These laws are creating obstacles to our voting process and limiting accessibility to the polls for those who need it most. They don't protect voters or our country’s electoral process.  Instead, they create doubt and try to undermine confidence in the democratic process, reinforcing divisive political tactics that prioritize the voices of some citizens over others. 

    It is disappointing that as we approach the 56th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, we are still fighting for our freedom to vote. But we cannot give up, and we cannot stop now. The ability of every individual to have a say in our political process is the keystone of our democracy; it is the key tool for AAPIs to continue the progress we have made towards reaching equity for our communities and stopping Asian hate. If we cannot act now, we may not have another chance.

    Join us and take action today.  

    Look up who is is your is Senator here.

    Call them and use this script (feel free to adapt if there’s anything else you’d like to discuss):

    Hi, my name is [Name]. I am a constituent from [City/State], [ZIP Code].

    I am calling to urge Senator _____________ to please vote in support of the For the People Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act. Voter suppression is a shameful reality in our country. The ability for everyone to meaningfully participate in our democracy and the need for legislative action is urgent. Congress needs to pass H.R. 1 and H.R. 4 now. These bills are popular. In fact, 8 in 10 Americans are in favor of the provisions in these bills. Again, I urge the Senator to support these bills and do what it takes to protect our freedom to vote. Will Senator ___________  be voting in support of the For the People Act?

    Thank you for your time.

    **Text Adapted from the Asian & Pacific Islander Americans Vote newsletter, July 29, 2021

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    Upcoming Events

    Wednesday, October 06, 2021 at 12:00 PM Berlin Time · 3 rsvps
    zoom in Stuttgart, Germany

    Bystander Training Event hosted by AAPI Caucus Germany

    2020 saw an uptick in anti-AAPI hate crimes across the United States…

    It‘s time to do something! Join the DA Germany AAPI Caucus as we attend bystander intervention training from the Asian Americans Advancing Justice Chicago and Hollaback. Pick a time for the training that best suits you and then join us for a follow-up discussion.

    Saehee will join the session on Sept. 23rd at 7:30pm CET and Wy Ming will join the session on Sept. 28 at 10pm CET. Other times can be found
    on their website: https://www.advancingjustice-chicago.org/what-we-do/bystanderintervention-trainings/


    RSVP for discussion zoom info.

    Wednesday, October 20, 2021 at 07:30 PM Berlin Time
    Zoom

    Breaking Ground: Discussion of PBS Documentary “Asian Americans”

    Join us for the first of a series of discussions about the PBS documentary “Asian Americans”. Attendees should watch the first episode prior to the discussion (details on where to view it are below). During the event, we will share clips from the episode and discuss thoughts and ideas we had while watching. 

    As described on the official website: Asian Americans is a five-hour film series that delivers a bold, fresh perspective on a history that matters today, more than ever. As America becomes more diverse, and more divided, while facing unimaginable challenges, how do we move forward together? Told through intimate and personal lives, the series will cast a new lens on U.S. history and the ongoing role that Asian Americans have played in shaping the nation’s story.

    In the first episode, focus is placed on the arrival of immigrants from Asia and what challenges they faced in the U.S.: In an era of exclusion and U.S. empire, new immigrants arrive from China, India, Japan, the Philippines and beyond. Barred by anti-Asian laws they become America’s first “undocumented immigrants,” yet they build railroads, dazzle on the silver screen, and take their fight for equality to the U.S. Supreme Court.

    We hope you will be able to join us for this discussion - all are welcome. This is the first of a series of events, so check back for future dates when we discuss the other episodes.

    Berlin, Germany 7:30pm
    London, UK 6:30pm
    Washington, D.C. 1:30pm
    Vancouver, Canada 10:30am

    How to watch “Asian Americans”:

    • The documentary is available on the PBS website, but will require using a VPN to stream the episodes.
    • It is also available on Amazon, but through the U.S. site.

    Upcoming discussions: