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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    Book Recommendations in October

    Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning - Cathy Park Hong

    Award winning poet and essayist Cathy Park Hong’s Minor Feelings is part memoir and part essays on racial consciousness in the U.S. The book’s seven essays explore Asian American identity from Hong’s personal experiences. Minor Feelings has received multiple awards including the 2020 National Book Critics Award for autobiography. It was announced in May that actress Greta Lee is writing, producing and set to star in a TV series adaptation based on the book. Cathy Park Hong is also a professor at Rutgers University and Poetry Editor of the New Republic. In September 2021 she was named as one of the top 100 of the world’s most influential people by Time Magazine for her writings and advocacy.

    Pachinko - Min Jin Lee

    One of the New York Times best books of 2017, Pachinko tells the story of four generations of a Korean family starting in Korea at the turn of the 20th century and then their migration and settlement in Japan. Beautifully written and an engrossing read, it is also set for production by Apple TV for a series in the near future. 

    Selected by President Obama for his recommended reading list, he noted:
    “This is a captivating book I read at the suggestion of a younger staffer on my team — a historical novel about the Korean immigrant experience in wartime Japan.  Min Jin Lee’s novel takes us through four generations and each character’s search for identity and success. It’s a powerful story about resilience and compassion.” — President Barack Obama

    The Sympathizer - Viet Thanh Nguyen

    The Sympathizer won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for fiction, the Asian-Pacific American Award for Literature and the Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction, among others.  The novel is about a North Vietnamese spy in the South Vietnamese Army during the war and his subsequent involvement with the South Vietnamese community in California after being evacuated. It is also being made into a film for expected release early next year. A sequel to The Sympathizer, The Committed was released this year. He is also the author of Race and Resistance: Literature and Politics in Asian America. He is a University Professor, Aerol Arnold Chair of English, and Professor of English, American Studies and Ethnicity, and Comparative Literature at the University of Southern California. He is a frequent Contributing Opinion Writer for the New York Times.

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    October News: Getting out the Vote in AAPI Communities



    The seasons are changing and we are in the final months of 2021. If you’re like me, this has likely been another strange year that has flown by.

    Even though it’s an off year, there are still several important elections in November. If you’re a voter in Virginia or New Jersey, you have a state election and voters in Florida District 20 and Ohio Districts 11 and 15 have special elections. We have more details below with information that you need to make sure you vote in November.

    We have some exciting events coming up - don’t miss them! On Friday, November 12/Saturday, November 13, 2021, we will speak with Christine Chen, co-founder and Executive Director of Asian Pacific Islander American Vote (APIAVote) about the APIAVote survey of Asian American voters. Join us to hear about 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.

    As always, if you are interested in getting more involved with the AAPI Caucus, please get in touch. We always appreciate help with planning events, getting out the vote, and more. Just send an email to [email protected]

    Best wishes,

    Emily Lines
    Chair, AAPI Caucus

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    Upcoming Events

    Wednesday, October 20, 2021 at 07:30 PM Berlin Time · 5 rsvps

    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:

    Sunday, November 07, 2021 at 09:00 AM Time
    ZOOM - ONLINE in Washington, DC

    Cooking with Jessica - Thai Food

    After the successful cooking events that we had back in the Asian heritage month in May, AAPI caucus decides to continue and organize more of live cooking events featuring guest chefs - letting you into the world of Asian cuisine.

    Not only that you will be tasting your own amazing cooking skills, but you will also be learning new things about our Asian heritage, history, and cultures as well.

    The upcoming event will be held on the 7th of November at 9am Washington DC Time with our guest chef, Jessica Vinyoopongpan.

    Jessica, is a Thai- American living in in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Through many years of traveling around the world, she had discovered the world cuisines and able to convey them to dishes on her own.

    As a result (and thanks to the pandemic), Jessica had developed her passion for cooking, and one of her favorite cuisines to cook is Thai cuisine.

    You can follow her passions and love for cooking, or inspiration on Instagram :


    In this event, Jessica will be demonstrating how to cook a dish called “Larb.”  Larb is a very authentic Thai dish that can be eaten alone or with rice. The ingredients to compose a dish are quite simple and are mainly available in the main chain supermarkets.

    RSVP below for the class - we will send you the ingredient list a week prior the event!

    6:00 AM Vancouver, CA
    9:00 AM  Washington DC
    2:00 PM London, UK
    3:00 PM Brussels, BE
    6:30 PM Mumbai, IN
    8:00 PM  Hong Kong
    9:00 PM Seoul, ROK