AAPI News

Learn About the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act and Japanese Internment

“Perpetual foreigner” is a common term associated with the Asian American and Pacific Islander community. This sentiment can be traced back to the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act, which made it illegal for Chinese workers to come to America and for Chinese nationals already in the U.S. to become citizens, and is also associated with the establishment of Japanese Internment Camps (aka Japanese concentration camps) during World War II. Individuals of Asian descent have historically been “othered” and this treatment continues today.

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Asian Pacific Heritage Month Events in May 2021 with Democrats Abroad - FULL LIST

This year, we're marking Asian Pacific American Heritage Month with an amazing lineup of events, exploring and celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander communities, history, culture, and experiences. Here are all the events hosted by Democrats Abroad caucuses, country committees, and chapters for this month.

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May News: Let’s Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Happy Asian Pacific American Heritage Month! With all the events going on surrounding the AAPI community, we hope this will be a month where we can focus on celebrating our diverse cultures and histories. You can read up on the history of APA Month on our website.

We have a number of events lined up for May. You can find the list of events below, but continue to check out our events page as new events are added. Our first event is happening TODAY, May 3rd. We’ll be talking about SLAYSIANS - five fashion insiders Phillip Lim, Prabal Gurung, Laura Kim, Tina Leung and Ezra Williams - and how their group’s hashtag (#Slaysians) evolved from a love of fashion and food into activism for the AAPI community.

Make sure to also follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for updates and interesting facts about #APAHM that we’ll be sharing.

On the weekend of May 15-16, Democrats Abroad will hold its Global Meeting to elect its new leaders for its Global Executive Committee (Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, Legal Counsel). Join us, along with the Global Hispanic Caucus, at our candidate forum on Thursday, May 6, 2021 at 6am EDT.  This session will be  focused on the issues of diversity and inclusion in our organization. All are welcome to attend.

Last month, in honor of climate awareness month, we had a Tofu Tuesday recipe series to provide some carbon-footprint reduction inspiration.  We would love to have more recipes that we can share throughout APA Heritage month, so feel free to send us your recipes and stories here

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

Best wishes,

Cory J. Lemke and Emily Lines

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Recipes from Home: Suma's Vegan Masala Tofu Stir Fry

This is a quick and easy recipe prepared in less than 15 minutes. This high-protein, vegan dish can be paired with noodles or plain rice.
 
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Recipes from Home: Ifung's Veggie Ramen in an Instant (Pot)

The global pandemic has taken its psychological toll, especially on families with young children who are balancing home-schooling, getting work done and staving off cabin-fever. This recipe is a cheap, easy, one-pot method to make steaming bowls of umami-packed noodles that can be enjoyed by the whole family (or all your roommates). It is total comfort food and chicken soup for the soul (without the chicken).

 

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Recipes from Home: Erika's Agedashi Tofu

This is one of my favorite dishes - my mother used to make this for special occasions. It's so simple, but so delicious and delicate. It's easier than ever now that so many people have an air fryer.

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Recipes from Home: Annie's stir-fry tofu with vegetables

This is probably one of my all-time favorite tofu recipes because it is extremely easy, fast, and tasty! I generally accompany the dish with rice. But if you are looking for a healthier option, you can complement the dish with a bowl of quinoa or whole wheat pasta!

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Recipes from Home: Julia's Tofu Noodles

This is a delicious and fast lunch that we make when we can find udon noodles at our local grocery store.

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Discussing Parasite with the Progressive Caucus

We held a collaborative event with the Progressive Caucus - which we hope was the first of many -  to discuss the most notorious film of 2019, Parasite. The aim of this event, which took place on March 27, was to kick off a potential film club and to gather film buffs together to share ideas, perspectives, and raise concerns relating to society today.

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April News: Springing Forward with the AAPI Caucus

Thank you to everyone who participated in our online vigil to stop AAPI hate. You can still send in a photo or a statement for our online virtual vigil. If you wish, you can watch the recorded event. We hope that you have had some time for yourself to process these events.

You can join the AAPI community check-in on April 21 hosted by Democrats Abroad France to discuss your thoughts and feelings about this wave of hate.

We have also put together a short reading list of articles for you that examine how the events of the past year have affected the AAPI community; of non-fiction books that explore the history and stories of AAPI communities; and of works of fiction that detail AAPI immigrant experiences. Please feel free to share this list.

Springing forward into climate awareness month, we want to highlight the unique AAPI perspective in advocating for a truly global solution to the problem of climate change.

On Monday, April 12th, we will co-host an event with the Global Veterans and Military Families Caucus to speak with former Congressman Robert J. Mrazek about his book The Indomitable Florence Finch. She was born to an American father and a Filipina mother, and widow of an American naval officer killed early in the Second World War. During the war, Finch brought necessary supplies to American POWs and worked to help others in the resistance. The event will take place at 8:30pm Seoul / 5:00pm Mumbai / 1:30pm Berlin / 7:30am Washington, D.C. Make sure to RSVP!

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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