AAPI News

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 [email protected] 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 [email protected] 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 [email protected] to let us know that you are forming.

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

 

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How to Form a Local AAPI Caucus

What do we do? 

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 in all three regions: Asia-Pacific, EMEA and the Americas. 

The AAPI Caucus hopes to act as a unified voice to call for structural reforms and for recognizing AAPI perspectives in Democrats Abroad.

What is this document? 

This document provides you and your country committee with the steps necessary to become an official arm of the global Asian American Pacific Islander Caucus. 

Why should you form a local AAPI Caucus? 

There are a number of reasons a local Asian American Pacific Caucus can be beneficial to your country or local chapter:

  1. It will enable you to engage with your AAPI members more effectively and encourage greater involvement in your local activities.  
  2. It will provide your local membership an outlet to shape conversations at the global level about issues relevant to the AAPI community. 
  3. It will provide leadership opportunities for your members. 

►Download the AAPI Caucus guide to forming a local caucus (PDF).


July News: Meet and Greets on Sunday & More Upcoming Events

We are excited to be publishing our first newsletter as the official Democrats Abroad Asian American and Pacific Islander Caucus! This has been quite a busy first month as a caucus as we work to organize our first events and get things in place to make sure we can support all volunteers and country committees that are interested in creating an AAPI caucus in their own countries and chapters.

Events

July 19: AAPI Caucus Meet and Greets

To help introduce the caucus, join us on Sunday, July 19th for our first meet and greet events. We will be introducing ourselves and talking about the goals and objectives of this caucus. RSVP for the meeting links!

August 4: COVID-19, Healthcare Access, & AAPI Activism with Dr. Paul Song

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We are also pleased to announce that on Tuesday, August 4th, we will be hosting an online discussion with Dr. Paul Song to talk about the repercussions of COVID-19 in the US 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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Volunteer with us!

Volunteers.pngThe AAPI Caucus is working to expand, which means we are looking for more volunteers! There are options to volunteer at the global, national, or chapter level - so pick what commitment is best for you and let us know how you want to get involved.

*Global Level Opportunities*

At the global level, we have created a variety of working groups:

  • Country Committee: Help coordinate and organize with country committees to establish an AAPI caucus at the country and/or chapter levels.
  • Communications: Contribute to curating our caucus’s online presence and helping us promote events and activities.
  • Events in a Box: To help local AAPI caucuses, we are preparing pre-made events that local caucus leaders can use for local events to bring their members together.
  • Issues: The AAPI community is large and diverse, which means there are also a wide-range of issues impacting our members. Help us identify and educate our members about these different issues.
  • Speakers: Organize speaking events with prominent members of the AAPI community.

Sign up to volunteer here.

*National and Local Level Opportunities*

There are also possibilities to get involved with the AAPI Caucus on a national or chapter level. 

If an AAPI Caucus does not currently exist in your country:

If there is not already a caucus group in your country, then you can consider being the volunteer that establishes the caucus for your country committee. The best way to do this is to reach out to your country’s Chair and let them know that you would like to create an AAPI caucus. 

If an AAPI Caucus exists in your country:

You should reach out to your country or chapter’s AAPI caucus leader and find out how you can support them in growing or activating the caucus.




AAPI Launched!

Join us in celebrating our Asian American and Pacific Islander heritage and the difference we are making both at home and abroad!

Whether you want to know more about the power of our voting bloc, our commitment to unity and inclusion for all minority groups, or learn about some of our many different Asian American and Pacific Islander traditions, we look forward to welcoming you to one of our AAPI heritage month events!

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].