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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    Understanding the AAPI Vote: Exploring Voter Data with Christine Chen from APIAVote

    According to the 2020 U.S. Census, the Asian population is the fastest-growing racial and ethnic group in the U.S.

    The impact of this large group was evident following the 2020 November election with much analysis pointing to the strategic and important role played by Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) voters. During the Georgia run-off election, both the Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff campaigns had organizers focused specifically on the AAPI vote in Georgia. Looking ahead to the 2022 midterms, it will continue to be critical to get AAPI voters to turn-out. But what do we know about this voting group? What challenges do we face and how do we help get out the vote among the AAPI community in 2022?

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    November News: Join the Steering Committee & Celebrating Victories


    Looking at the results of the recent elections in Virginia and New Jersey, it’s clear that we have an uphill battle next year for the 2022 midterms. But we still want to take a moment to celebrate the victories of AAPIs last week and appreciate the growing representation of the community in U.S. politics. Read more below to learn about who won on Election Day.

    The AAPI Caucus is also putting out a call for new members to join our Steering Committee. We are looking for volunteers to become part of the team and strengthen our caucus’ leadership. All are welcome to apply, and you do not have to identify as AAPI to join. If you are interested in joining the Steering Committee, please email [email protected] with information about yourself and why you want to be on the committee. More information about the role of Steering Committee members is below.

    There’s still time to join our event with Christine Chen, co-founder and Executive Director of Asian Pacific Islander American Vote (APIAVote) on Friday, November 12/Saturday, November 13, 2021. She will speak about the APIAVote survey of Asian American voters and present the latest voting trends in our communities, both at home and overseas. You’re invited to join the open discussion at this event about how we can get out the vote among AAPI voters living overseas.

    Finally, make sure you are following the AAPI Caucus on social media. During the week of November 15-21, we will be working with the Global Black Caucus to take over each other’s social media to raise awareness of shared issues. We’ll wrap up the week with a panel discussion on Sunday, November 21, 2021, at 11am Berlin / 7pm Seoul.

    We hope to see you soon at one of our events, and we hope you had a great Diwali!

    Best wishes,

    Emily Lines
    Chair, AAPI Caucus

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    Upcoming Events

    Thursday, December 02, 2021 at 09:00 AM Eastern Time (US & Canada) · 10 rsvps

    Immigrant Detention Issues in the U.S. - Conversation with Eunice Cho, Civil Rights Attorney

    In cooperation with the Global Hispanic Caucus and the Global Veterans and Military Families Caucus, we will speak with Eunice Hyunhye Cho, a civil rights attorney in Washington, D.C., about current immigrant detention issues in the U.S. Hear about recent developments, updates in immigration legislation, and what voters abroad can do to help as well as stay informed.

    Speaker Bio: Eunice Cho's work currently focuses on challenging unconstitutional conditions in U.S. immigration detention facilities and the expansion of immigration detention. She previously litigated cases involving the rights of immigrants in detention, incarcerated people, and students with disabilities. Eunice is currently a staff attorney at the ACLU National Prison Project (but appearing exclusively in her individual capacity), and has worked at the Southern Poverty Law Center, and the National Employment Law Project. She has also authored several reports regarding abuses in immigration detention and immigration court adjudication, including Shadow Prisons: Immigration Detention in the South.

    Location Time
    Washington, D.C. 9:00am
    London, UK 2:00pm
    Berlin, Germany 3:00pm
    Singapore, Singapore 10:00pm
    Seoul, South Korea 11:00pm
    Wednesday, December 08, 2021 at 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US & Canada) · 1 rsvp

    A Question of Loyalty: Discussion of PBS Documentary “Asian Americans”

    Join us for the second of a series of discussions about the PBS documentary “Asian Americans”. Attendees should watch the third 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.

    For the second episode, the documentary looks at the challenges of dealing with identifying with being born in the U.S. and the identity of one's parents: An American-born generation straddles their country of birth and their parents’ homelands in Japan and Korea. Those loyalties are tested during World War II, when families are imprisoned in detention camps, and brothers find themselves on opposite sides of the battle lines.

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

    Washington, D.C. 7:00pm, Wednesday, December 8th
    Vancouver, Canada 4:00pm, Wednesday, December 8th
    Sydney, Australia 11:00am, Thursday, December 9th
    Singapore, Singapore 8:00am, Thursday, December 9th

    How to watch “Asian Americans”:

    • The documentary is available on the PBS website, but will require using a VPN to stream the episodes and you may need to be a member of PBS.
    • It is also available on Amazon, but through the U.S. site.

    Upcoming discussions: