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 [email protected].

    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
    ada shen
    | DA France National Chair; Global AAPI Caucus Steering Committee
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    News

    March News: AAPI Networking in Asia Pacific and EMEA

    February flew by and we hope that you could join one of our events this past month. We hosted two film screenings of the Grace Lee Boggs documentary “American Revolutionary”, a book club event with author and fellow Democrats Abroad member Karen Kao, and two “Connect the Dots” Leadership Workshops with the Hispanic Caucus. We still have one more workshop this coming Sunday, March 7th at 3:30pm EST - all are welcome to join! Thank you to everyone that was able to join and make these events a success.

    We will be continuing our Teatime series this month with one on Wednesday, March 3rd at an Asia-Pacific-friendly time and on Wednesday, March 24th at a Europe-friendly time. The first event, which you can read about here, was a great success and a wonderful way to meet other members of the caucus. 

    At the end of the month, we will be hosting a film discussion about Parasite with the Progressive Caucus. We'll watch some short clips from the movie and discuss them. We do recommend that you watch the entire movie prior to the event.

    As we’re sure many of you have seen, there have been a number of attacks against members of the AAPI community in the United States. For resources on dealing with racism specifically related to the coronavirus, you can check out the Asian Americans Advancing Justice. We hope that everyone continues to remain safe, wherever you are, and that all of your family and friends in the U.S. are also safe. Please stay tuned for an event discussing this rise in attacks and what we can do to fight AAPI racism.

    We look forward to meeting you at one of our events this month!

    Best wishes,

    Cory J. Lemke and Emily Lines

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    "American Revolutionary": Discussing the Life of Grace Lee Boggs

    "A rebellion is an outburst of anger, but it is not revolution. Revolution is evolution towards something."

        -- Dr. Grace Lee Boggs

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    Upcoming Events

    Sunday, March 07, 2021 at 03:30 PM Eastern Time (US & Canada) · 112 rsvps
    ONLINE EVENT - WEBEX

    Americas Leadership Workshop

    A speed networking and leadership development workshop

    Always wanted to get involved politically but not sure where to start? Democrats Abroad is a global organization with groups all around the world representing and organizing Americans. Learn how you can have an impact!

    The Asian American & Pacific Islander Caucus and the Hispanic Caucus invite you to a speed networking and leadership development workshop. 

    The workshop will:

    • Introduce you to the Democrats Abroad organization at its different levels and corresponding leaders,
    • Review the wide variety of volunteer roles available and their commitments in terms of time and responsibility,
    • Clarify and demystify how any member can run for office within Democrats Abroad.

    There will be three online sessions, each 1.5 hours, held at a time that is convenient for each region:

    Each session will showcase four different Democrats Abroad Leaders, one for each of the Global, Regional, and Country levels, and one from a country without a Country Chapter from the region, interspersed with breakout rooms where you can engage in speed networking and discussions.

    Speakers:

    • Country-Committee leader:Quyen Nguyen, Chair, DA Colombia
    • Non-Affiliated leader: Asha Subas, Chair, Global Election Committee
    • Regional leader: Roz Reymers, Non-Country Committee Coordinator, Americas Region
    • Global leader: Julia Bryan, Global DA Chair
    Please RSVP below so we can send you the Webex online meeting access information.
    Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at 07:30 PM Berlin Time · 9 rsvps
    Zoom (RSVP for Link) in Everywhere, Germany

    Germany AAPI Caucus Kick-off

    Join Democrats Abroad Germany for an Asian American and Pacific Islander Caucus kick-off event.

    We will be getting together for a happy hour to meet fellow AAPI Caucus members, talk about what the AAPI Caucus could look like in Germany, and what we hope the Caucus will accomplish. 

    If you’re interested in volunteering with the Caucus, you can already sign up here.