Global AAPI Caucus Steering Committee

  • 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.

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    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

     

    WHEN
    March 16, 2022 at 1:00pm
    WHERE
    Zoom
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  • 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.
    WHEN
    February 06, 2022 at 6:00pm
    WHERE
    Zoom
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  • Angela Chen, AAPI Caucus Steering Committee Member

    Angela Chen

    Angela Chen is a California voter, and a member of the AAPI Caucus Steering Committee Member. She lives in Singapore with her husband and daughter, having arrived in November 2020 after five years in Hong Kong. In Hong Kong, Angela served the nonpartisan League of Women Voters (HK Chapter), enthusiastically incepting expats of both parties into registering to vote in the 2020 Presidential Election. Concerned about the risky post-election slide into ideological echo chambers within the Democratic Party itself, Angela was compelled to join Democrats Abroad Lion City soon after her relocation, though it was the subsequent and unfortunate uptick of anti-Asian violence in the US (and abroad) that spurred her to join the Global Asian American and Pacific Islanders Caucus in early 2021. She is excited to serve the Caucus and learn more about the AAPI community’s commonalities, heritage, and diversity.

    Angela is half Mongolian, half Chinese, and all for helping to unite the AAPI community and advocate for AAPI needs.


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