Global Asian American and
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.


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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.

    DA Global AAPI Caucus Leadership:

    Emily Lines
    | Events & Fundraising Coordinator, Germany; Vice Chair, Berlin; DPCA Representative; Global Co-Chair, AAPI Caucus
    Powen Shiah
    | Global AAPI Caucus Steering Committee; DPCA Representative, Germany; Communications & Press Officer, Berlin
    Cory Lemke
    | Vice Chairperson, DAROK; Global Co-Chair, AAPI Caucus
    Quyen Nguyen
    | Chair - Democrats Abroad Colombia, Youth Caucus Co-Chair; Global AAPI Caucus Steering Committee
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    August News: Dr. Paul Song speaks on Tuesday, Volunteering & How to form a local caucus

    Join us this Tuesday, August 4th, 2020, for an online discussion with Dr. Paul Song.

    COVID-19, Healthcare Access, & AAPI Activism with Dr. Paul Song

    We’ll be talking about the repercussions of COVID-19 in the U.S. for AAPI communities and other minority groups, as well as the effects on healthcare. We’ll also be talking about how we can effect change. RSVP here for the link!


    Dr. Song is the grandson of the late Sang Don Kim, the very first popularly elected Mayor of Seoul, South Korea, a physician, and progressive activist. He serves on the national board of Physicians for a National Health Program and Progressive Democrats of America.

    A national surrogate for the Bernie Sanders Campaign and the former Executive Chairman of the Courage Campaign, he previously served on the boards of People for the American Way, Healthcare Now, Liberty in North Korea, and the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies.

    Volunteer with the AAPI Caucus

    Join one of our caucus working groups. We have established five groups which meet every other week. Sign up to volunteer here.

    Communications & Outreach

    Help reach new caucus members and share stories of Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders living abroad. This working group curates our caucus’s online presence (web, social media, email) and promotes events, activities, and issues.

    Country Committee Guidelines

    Help coordinate with, support, and organize with Democrats Abroad's 40+ country committees to establish an AAPI caucus at the country and chapter levels.


    The AAPI community is large and diverse, which means there is also a wide range of issues impacting our members. Help us identify and educate our members about these different issues.

    Events in a Box

    To help local AAPI caucuses, we are preparing pre-made events that caucus leaders at the country and chapter levels can use for events to bring their members together. Volunteers can help create an event based on issues identified by the Issues Working Group and find ways to facilitate discussions.


    Organize speaking events with prominent members of the AAPI community. This could include these roles:

    • Coordinate event with the Global Communications & Global AAPI Co-Chairs
    • Zoom training with Global IT
    • Liaise with speakers and plan logistics

    Form a Local AAPI Caucus

    As the Asian American and Pacific Islander Caucus, our goal is to speak to, and speak for, the diverse AAPI community among Democrats Abroad membership. The AAPI Caucus hopes to act as a unified voice to call for structural reforms and for recognizing AAPI perspectives in Democrats Abroad.

    If you would like to form a local AAPI caucus in your locality, please make sure to reach out to your local leadership, join us at, and contact us at to let us know that you are forming.

    Read our newly published guide to forming a local AAPI Caucus.


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    How to Form a Local AAPI Caucus

    What do we do? 

    As the Asian American and Pacific Islander Caucus, our goal is to speak to, and speak for, the diverse AAPI community among Democrats Abroad membership in all three regions: Asia-Pacific, EMEA and the Americas. 

    The AAPI Caucus hopes to act as a unified voice to call for structural reforms and for recognizing AAPI perspectives in Democrats Abroad.

    What is this document? 

    This document provides you and your country committee with the steps necessary to become an official arm of the global Asian American Pacific Islander Caucus. 

    Why should you form a local AAPI Caucus? 

    There are a number of reasons a local Asian American Pacific Caucus can be beneficial to your country or local chapter:

    1. It will enable you to engage with your AAPI members more effectively and encourage greater involvement in your local activities.  
    2. It will provide your local membership an outlet to shape conversations at the global level about issues relevant to the AAPI community. 
    3. It will provide leadership opportunities for your members. 

    ►Download the AAPI Caucus guide to forming a local caucus (PDF).

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