AAPI Events

  • Thursday, February 03, 2022 at 07:00 PM Singapore Time

    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

    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.
  • Saturday, February 26, 2022 at 08:00 PM Berlin Time · 9 rsvps
    Zoom in Berlin, Germany

    Book Club and Author Talk with Willy Wilkinson: Born on the Edge of Race and Gender: A Voice for Cultural Competency

    Join us on February 26th for a book club discussion of Born on the Edge of Race and Gender: A Voice for Cultural Competency with author Willy Wilkinson! Signed books for people living in continental Europe cost €17,70 ($20) plus a variable shipping fee under 3 euros and can be pre-ordered until January 1st, 2022 by sending an email to [email protected]

    We look forward to seeing you there!

    Willy Wilkinson, MPH is an award-winning transgender writer and public health consultant who has been advocating for marginalized populations since the early days of the HIV/AIDS pandemic. A dynamic and engaging speaker who is recognized widely for his expertise in transgender issues, he has provided training and consultation services for hundreds of community health organizations, educational institutions, businesses, and other entities on how to provide affirming services or LGBTQ populations. Willy’s book Born on the Edge of Race and Gender: A Voice for Cultural Competency (winner of the 2016 Lambda Literary Award in transgender non-fiction) blends his intersectional experiences of race, gender, sexuality, disability, class, and parenthood with lessons from the fields of cultural competency, public health, and policy advocacy.

  • Wednesday, March 16, 2022 at 01:00 PM Singapore Time · 2 rsvps

    Sonnet at the Edge of the Reef: A Conversation with Dr. Craig Santos Perez

    Join the Democrats Abroad AAPI Caucus and the Environment & Climate Crisis Council to hear Dr. Craig Santos Perez read selected works from his latest book of poetry Habitat Threshold. We will also have a discussion about the intersection of poetry, climate change and eco-politics.  

    Habitat Threshold was listed as one of ten key books on the 2020 Reading List for Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month by both the Community of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLIMP) and Kundiman, a national organisation  dedicated to nurturing generations of writers and readers of Asian American literature.

    Joyce Harjo, the U.S. Poet Laureate, noted in a 2020 review in the N.Y. Times that Habitat Threshold “is a powerful sequence of poems addressing environmental destruction and how it is associated with racial and cultural hatred and injustice.” 

    The collection of poems begins with the birth of his daughter and his fears for her future. The poems consider the impact of environmental racism and injustice, global capitalism, toxic waste, water pollution, species extinction, war, refugees, climate change and love.

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


    About the Author

    Dr. Perez is an Indigenous CHamoru from the Pacific Island of Guahan (Guam). He is an award winning poet, scholar, essayist, artist and environmental activist. He is also a Professor in the English Department and an Affiliate Faculty with the Center for Pacific Islands Studies & The Indigenous Politics Program at the University of Hawai’i Manoa, where he teaches creative writing, eco-poetry and Pacific literature. He is the author of five books of poetry, including his most recent, Habitat Threshold. 

    Dr. Perez’ research focuses on intersectional cultural and literary analyses within the fields of CHamoru studies, Pacific Island Studies, Native American studies, and decolonial studies. In addition to his books of poetry, his most recent academic monograph Navigating CHamoru Poetry: Indigeneity, Aesthetics and Decolonisation explores how CHamoru poetry has been an inspiring and empowering act of protest, resistance, and testimony in the decolonization, demilitarization and environmental justice movements in Guam.

    Participants may order Dr. Perez’ book Habitat Threshold directly via Omnidawn ahead of the session.


    Hawaii 7:00pm, Tuesday, March 15
    Berlin 6:00am, Wednesday, March 16
    Singapore 1:00pm, Wednesday, March 16
    Seoul 2:00pm, Wednesday, March 16
    Sydney 4:00pm, Wednesday, March 16