Global Asian American &
Pacific Islander Caucus



  • Welcome to the Global Asian American & Pacific Islander Caucus of Democrats Abroad!Democrats_Abroad_Logo_-_AAPI_(transparent_background__2_lines)_0.5x.png

    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 aapi@democratsabroad.org.

    DA Global AAPI Caucus Leadership:

    Emily Lines
    | Events and 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; Diversity and Inclusion Committee Member
    Quyen Nguyen
    | Chair - Democrats Abroad Colombia, Youth Caucus Co-Chair; Global AAPI Caucus Steering Committee
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    News

    DAROK AAPI Talks with our Global Co-Chairs

    On Saturday, Co-Chairs Cory Lemke and Emily Lines spoke with the Democrats Abroad South Korea AAPI Caucus about their experiences growing up, with politics, and as leaders in Democrats Abroad.

    Watch the interview here!

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    January News: Join us for our Inaugural Teatime on January 28th

    Happy New Year! We hope everyone was able to recharge over the holidays and start your new year off well. So far, 2021 has already been a wild roller coaster ride. Many of us are still processing the upsetting (and infuriating!) events of January 6th at the Capitol. Please get in touch with your representatives in Congress and let them know how you feel. Information on how to contact Congress and a sample script can be found here. But starting January 20th, we’ll be looking forward with hope and excitement to the plans and leadership that are already being displayed by the Biden-Harris administration.

    “Moving from being the marginalised to the margin of victory”: last month we co-hosted an online discussion that featured on the ground AAPI activists in Georgia and Tom Perez, Chairman of the Democratic National Committee. It was clear how important the AAPI vote was in the Georgia November election, and this did not go ignored by the Ossoff and Warnock campaigns. If you were not able to attend the event, you can check out our short event recap. We are so thankful for the Georgia voters that showed up and for the work of the activists we heard from to get Jon Ossoff and Reverend Raphael Warnock elected to the US Senate.

    As we begin our first full year as a caucus, we will be focusing on growing our membership and continuing to advocate for AAPI concerns within Democrats Abroad. If you are interested in volunteering with the caucus, please reach out! You can find descriptions of various volunteer opportunities here: http://www.democratsabroad.org/aapi_volunteer

    Our first event this year will be Teatime Networking on Thursday, January 28th. We’ll be speed networking to give everyone a chance to meet each other, and talking about our experiences as Asian and Pacific Islander Americans living overseas. This will be the inaugural teatime event and will continue as an event series throughout the year.

    We look forward to what 2021 has in store and to making even more of a difference in DA and at home!

    With gratitude,

    Cory J. Lemke and Emily Lines

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    Upcoming Events

    Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US & Canada) · 257 rsvps
    Zoom

    Inauguration Celebration - Calling All Volunteers

    "Now is when the real work begins. the hard work.  The necessary work.  the good work."

    Vice President-Elect, Kamala Harris

    On November 7th, 2020, Kamala Harris, the newly elected Vice President of the United States, stepped up on stage and began her acceptance speech by stating, “...that America’s democracy is not guaranteed. It is only as strong as our willingness to fight for it, to guard it, and never take it for granted.”

    For the first time in many people’s lifetime, this election has displayed that action makes change — that voices, when united, are loud. Therefore, the Global Women’s Caucus of Democrats Abroad is accepting the torch that Vice President Kamala Harris has delivered to the people, and we are extending the responsibility of action to you.

    Join us on January 23rd at 10 am EST (US and Canada) for a celebration of the newly inaugurated Biden-Harris administration, as we share our plans for the coming year and present the many and varied opportunities for volunteering that the Global Women’s Caucus offers world-wide. Each of our Global Action Teams will give a short presentation on plans going forward and suggest ways that members can help out.

    We will then move to smaller break out sessions where our leaders will answer your questions, explain how members can establish local women’s caucus groups, and hear your own creative ideas for new ways our caucus might support our members and do the good work.

    Now that we are putting four long years of backward movement behind us, we are looking forward to the opportunity to address the many issues still facing women in the United States and to advance an agenda which will benefit all. To do that we need to refine our goals and develop plans which will be informed, realistic and action-oriented, and we need your help.

    We know you want to continue to be a part of the change that delivered Joe Biden and Kamala Harris to the White House. The real change will happen as the Biden-Harris administration begins, working with Nancy Pelosi and, we hope, a more productive Senate, to push their legislation in Congress. The Global Women’s Caucus will be focused on making sure women remain central to American domestic and foreign policy, however we need volunteers to make that happen. We are a global network of action driven individuals, working together from all over the world. We need you to help build our movement stronger. We need you for the vital fight that is ahead.

    Please RSVP below and join us for a fun and productive session!

    Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 07:00 PM Berlin Time · 23 rsvps
    Zoom

    Tea Time

    AAPI Networking

    We’re holding our first ever networking event for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders living overseas.  Come get acquainted, swap stories, and find your community!

    We’ll be doing short introductions, a question of the day, and a speed round of meet and greet!  If there’s anything you want to do, achieve, or find - let us know, or bring it up in the meeting.

    Don’t forget your snacks, your beverage of choice, and of course, your microphone.

    And if you need some inspiration for your tea choices, check out these new tea based cocktails from Saveur.

    RSVP below to get the Zoom link!

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    Vancouver, CA 8:00 am
    Toronto, CA 11:00 am
    London, UK 18:00
    Berlin, DE 19:00
    Abu Dhabi, UAE 22:00