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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    News

    January News: Happy New Year - Have You Requested Your Ballot?

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    Happy New Year! On behalf of the AAPI Caucus Steering Committee, we hope you had a healthy, happy, and positive start to your 2022. We have a lot of work ahead of us as we begin getting out the vote, and we’re looking forward to working with you to come out on top in November.

    If you haven’t already, we really encourage you to already put in your request for your ballot at votefromabroad.org. The earlier you get your request in, the better! Not only are the midterms in November important, but you should also participate in your state’s primaries to make sure the candidate you want gets on the ballot. The first major primary is in Texas on March 1st, 2022. Texas voters have already begun to receive their ballots, so make sure you request today!

    Democrats Abroad is also calling all of members from Texas. If you are interested in helping us phone bank, please visit our website to find upcoming training sessions and all the necessary materials for our ongoing campaigns.

    We have a lot of interesting events coming up starting in February. Join us on Thursday, February 3, 2022, for our Lunar New Year Celebration or on Sunday, February 6, to discuss the third episode of the PBS Documentary “Asian Americans”. On Saturday, February 26, the DA Germany Saxony Chapter will host author Willy Wilkinson to discuss his book Born on the Edge of Race and Gender: A Voice for Cultural Competency.

    And in case you missed it, we were honored to co-host “Why We Can’t Wait” with the DA Reparations Task Force, the Global Black Caucus, and Global Progressive Caucus. We heard from representatives from Nikkei Progressives, Nikkei for Civil Rights and Redress, and Human Rights Watch about the history of the Japanese-American post-WWII Reparations and Black Reparations movements, how such redress has impacted both groups, and why we should continue fighting for this legislation at local, state, and national levels. Watch the recording here.

    If you are interested in volunteering with the AAPI Caucus to help us get out the vote in 2022, you can find volunteer opportunities on our website. You can also make a donation to Democrats Abroad on behalf of the AAPI Caucus. Your financial support to our all-volunteer organization will help pay for voter outreach, improvements to our website, and more.

    We look forward to seeing you all at an upcoming event and wish everyone a great Lunar New Year!

    Best wishes,
    Emily Lines
    Chair, AAPI Caucus

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    AAPI Caucus Applauds the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (PACAANHPI)

    Late last year President Biden issued Executive Order 14031, authorizing the creation of the President’s Commission on Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders. The Commission will advise the President on ways the public, private and non-profit sectors can work together to advance equity, justice, and opportunity for Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander communities (U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, December 20, 2021). The 25 member Commission reflects the wide diversity and expertise within the AANHPI community. It is co-chaired by Health & Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra and U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai. Former Congressional Asian Pacific Islander Caucus Executive Director Krystal Ka’ai will serve as Executive Director of the Commission.

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    Upcoming Events

    Thursday, February 03, 2022 at 07:00 PM Singapore Time · 1 rsvp
    Zoom

    Mukbang Meet & Greet - Celebrating the Lunar New Year

    Join the Democrats Abroad AAPI Caucus for an online celebration of Lunar New Year, the Year of the Tiger. Bring your own Lunar New Year food - leftovers, delivery, or make something new - and drinks to our informal online gathering to talk about ways you celebrate Lunar New Year and your AAPI heritage. Friends, families and those interested in learning more about the various ways of celebrating the Lunar New Year are welcome to come along.

    Like our previous Teatime events, we will meet on Zoom and everyone will have the chance to discuss and share about their experiences as AAPI wherever you are in the world. A Mukbang is a Korean eating show, where the host is eating a variety of foods and interacting with the audience. We’ll all gather to eat, drink, and chat. All are welcome to attend.

    We are asking participants to consider donating a Good Fortune Red Envelope to Democrats Abroad on behalf of the AAPI Caucus to help support our efforts in 2022 to get out the vote. Any amount is appreciated, and we are thankful for your “lucky donation”.

    Year of the Tiger is characterized by strength, generosity and growth.

    Please share this event and make sure to RSVP to receive the Zoom information.

    Washington, D.C. 6:00am
    Berlin 12:00pm
    Singapore 7:00pm
    Seoul 8:00pm
    Sydney 10:00pm

     

    Sunday, February 06, 2022 at 06:00 PM Seoul Time · 5 rsvps
    Zoom

    Good Americans: Discussion of PBS Documentary “Asian Americans”

    Join us for the third 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 third episode, the documentary focuses on life during the Cold War: During the Cold War years, Asian Americans are simultaneously heralded as a Model Minority, and targeted as the perpetual foreigner. It is also a time of bold ambition, as Asian Americans aspire for the first time to national political office and a coming culture-quake simmers beneath the surface.

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

    Sydney, Australia 8:00pm
    Seoul, South Korea 6:00pm
    Delhi, India 2:30pm
    Berlin, Germany 10:00am

    How to watch “Asian Americans”:

    • Please RSVP to receive more information on various ways to watch the documentary.