AAPI News

October News: Voting in 2020, DACA & the Election Discussion, AAPI Candidates

We are getting closer to Election Day - only 14 more days. Please help us make our voices heard! Despite being one of the fastest growing groups in the United States, the AAPI community has one of the lowest voter turnout rates of any other racial minority group. To make sure our needs are addressed, we need to show up at the ballot box. Talk to your families. Talk to your friends. Make sure they know how, when, and where to vote. Together, we can build a home that is more inclusive of all of us. 

2020 has presented us with some unique challenges. The outbreak of COVID-19 has made international travel challenging, economies have been ravaged by the virus, and families are struggling to put food on the table. The Trump administration has fanned the flames of xenophobia against immigrants for his own gain. We hope, despite these challenges, you find peace of mind in the fact that the Asian American & Pacific Islander Caucus is fighting for you in every way we can. 

Over the past month, our caucus has been working hard to address these issues and get out the AAPI vote. We produced informational videos about voting from abroad in a number of languages including Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Khmer, Tagalog, Thai, and others. Please help us spread this message by going to our Facebook page, our YouTube channel, Instagram, and Twitter and passing on our videos.

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First Vote Film Screening and Discussion with Filmmaker Yi Chen

Asian Americans are the fastest growing population in the U.S. and more than 11 million AAPI will be able to vote in 2020. In a newly released documentary, First Vote, Yi Chen follows a cross section of politically engaged Chinese American voters, all first-time voters, during the 2018 midterm elections. 

The AAPI Caucus is excited to announce that we will be hosting a screening for the documentary and will be speaking with Chen at an upcoming event. Our goal is to bring more awareness to the political influence of the AAPI community and discuss ways to improve voter outreach. Please help us cover the costs of the film license ($202) by making a donation to Democrats Abroad. 

 


Asian American, Pacific Islander, and Middle Eastern Candidates in the 2020 election

AAPI Americans are sometimes under reported when it comes to election coverage, but polling suggests that this demographic could be key in November. As Christine Chen of AAPI Vote notes, “Asian-Americans are set to be the margin of victory in Arizona, Pennsylvania and North Carolina.” Support for Biden varies across the AAPI community, whether by ethnic background or by age, showing the difficulty of a “one-size-fits-all” narrative, yet also the potential for growth when parties take this community seriously.

There are several AAPI candidates running for open and Republican-held seats across the United States. As we move into the final stretch of the campaign, we wanted to highlight a few of these candidates here. Look to these races to see if the new Congress will include more Democratic AAPI politicians! (We've taken the liberty of including candidates of Middle-Eastern background to this list as well: their successes on Election Day should also be celebrated!)

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AAPI and You 

Help us develop the AAPI Caucus by letting us know what types of events they would like to attend and what issues they would want us to address. This caucus is your caucus, so we want to know what you think! We’ve put together a short survey and would appreciate it if you could fill it out here.


Get Out the Vote - in your language!

The AAPI Caucus has a message for all Americans living overseas.  But just as importantly, our message comes in many languages!  Get out the vote with us - share our multilingual videos with your friends and family.  Whether you speak English, Khmer, Mandarin, Korean, German or Spanish at home, make your voice heard and VOTE!


September News: Mid-Autumn Festival, Voting, and You

We are just 50 days until the election. Ballot day, the day when absentee ballots will be sent out, is this coming Saturday, September 19th. When you receive your ballot, please complete it as soon as possible and return it in September. This is especially true for those states that require you to return your ballot by postal mail.

If you have not requested your absentee ballot yet, you still can and should do so now at votefromabroad.org. Make sure you remind friends and family, both overseas and back in the U.S. if they have done the same. We even have a helpful FAQ available to answer common voting questions.

If you have questions or issues with requesting a ballot, please attend our LIVE 1-on-1 Global voter registration assistance all day every Sunday and now on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12-4pm EDT (6-10pm CEST). Or email gotv@democratsabroad.org with your issues and questions.

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Local AAPI Caucuses are now in China and South Korea

We are happy to announce the establishment of two AAPI caucuses at the Democrats Abroad country level! If you would like to start an AAPI caucus in your country, please get in touch and check out our guide on forming a caucus.

Continue reading to learn more about the new AAPI caucuses in China and South Korea.

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Introducing the AAPI Issues Page

The Asian-American and Pacific Islander community is, by definition, loosely-defined, including a large number of different communities and cultures. This has made it difficult for the community to speak with a single voice on the wide array of issues confronting the United States.

This was a challenge we had to face in establishing the AAPI Caucus: how do we capture the diversity of experiences among the AAPI community, while also ensuring that we can move forward on the important questions of the day?

The Issues page is our first step in creating that voice that is both singular and diverse, and will act, at least in part, as the starting point for the work we do in the Caucus.

What’s the purpose of the Issues page?

The Issues page is a record of how we, as the AAPI Caucus, understand many of the pressing questions of American politics and policy. 

The Issues page talks about broad directions rather than specific solutions: we’re a broad group, and a solution that might work for one particular group or demographic might not work for another. Think of the page as the step before a policy platform: a discussion of problems, concerns and directions, rather than specific proposals. 

While the page is a record, it’s not static. Over time, we’ll be adding to this list of issues according to the views of our caucus members, and we’ll be updating the content of each item when we find new data. And just because something’s not on the page doesn’t mean that we won’t talk about it: this is a work-in-progress.

But as we develop events, search for speakers, create content, write resolutions, and conduct research, we’ll be referring to these issues to stay focused on the matters important to the AAPI community and the members of our caucus. 

In the short-term, we’ll be using this Issues page to develop a programme of written content, detailing the overseas AAPI perspective on a number of important policy issues, from voter access to how American leadership is perceived. 

We’re still in the process of developing some structured mechanisms to keep these Issues page up-to-date, but in the meantime, feel free to write to us at aapicaucus@democratsabroad.org with your suggestions. And if you’re interested in helping us out with this or any of our other initiatives, please get in touch!


अमेरिका का नेता कैसा हो, जो बायडन जैसा हो! Biden campaign reaches out in 14 Indian languages

Indian Americans constitute nearly 4.8 million (1.2%) of the total US population and play a vital role in the electoral process - specifically, in some of the key purple states, including Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. With the presidential election fast approaching and Kamala Harris’ historic nomination as the vice presidential candidate, the Biden campaign has turned its focus on this key voter demographic.

In 2016, according to a National Asian American Survey, 77% of Indian Americans voted for Hillary Clinton. This was a decrease from the close to full support for Barack Obama in his years running for president.

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August News: Dr. Paul Song speaks on Tuesday, Volunteering & How to form a local caucus

Join us this Tuesday, August 4th, 2020, for an online discussion with Dr. Paul Song.

COVID-19, Healthcare Access, & AAPI Activism with Dr. Paul Song

We’ll be talking about the repercussions of COVID-19 in the U.S. for AAPI communities and other minority groups, as well as the effects on healthcare. We’ll also be talking about how we can effect change. RSVP here for the link!

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Dr. Song is the grandson of the late Sang Don Kim, the very first popularly elected Mayor of Seoul, South Korea, a physician, and progressive activist. He serves on the national board of Physicians for a National Health Program and Progressive Democrats of America.

A national surrogate for the Bernie Sanders Campaign and the former Executive Chairman of the Courage Campaign, he previously served on the boards of People for the American Way, Healthcare Now, Liberty in North Korea, and the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies.

Volunteer with the AAPI Caucus

Join one of our caucus working groups. We have established five groups which meet every other week. Sign up to volunteer here.

Communications & Outreach

Help reach new caucus members and share stories of Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders living abroad. This working group curates our caucus’s online presence (web, social media, email) and promotes events, activities, and issues.

Country Committee Guidelines

Help coordinate with, support, and organize with Democrats Abroad's 40+ country committees to establish an AAPI caucus at the country and chapter levels.

Issues

The AAPI community is large and diverse, which means there is also a wide range of issues impacting our members. Help us identify and educate our members about these different issues.

Events in a Box

To help local AAPI caucuses, we are preparing pre-made events that caucus leaders at the country and chapter levels can use for events to bring their members together. Volunteers can help create an event based on issues identified by the Issues Working Group and find ways to facilitate discussions.

Speakers

Organize speaking events with prominent members of the AAPI community. This could include these roles:

  • Coordinate event with the Global Communications & Global AAPI Co-Chairs
  • Zoom training with Global IT
  • Liaise with speakers and plan logistics

Form a Local AAPI Caucus

As the Asian American and Pacific Islander Caucus, our goal is to speak to, and speak for, the diverse AAPI community among Democrats Abroad membership. The AAPI Caucus hopes to act as a unified voice to call for structural reforms and for recognizing AAPI perspectives in Democrats Abroad.

If you would like to form a local AAPI caucus in your locality, please make sure to reach out to your local leadership, join us at www.democratsabroad.org/aapi, and contact us at aapicaucus@democratsabroad.org to let us know that you are forming.

Read our newly published guide to forming a local AAPI Caucus.

 

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