2019 Newly Elected Leadership Board for DA China

To the Democrats Abroad China community,

The NEC is pleased to announce the new Leadership Board from 2019-2021! With 54 voters, the new board members are:

  • Aaron Kruse
  • Elizabeth Jenkins
  • Elaine Chow
  • Kim Wong
  • Faith Gary
  • Alexander Lee
  • Sarah Kimmet
  • Eileen Walsh
  • Justin Fischer
  • Patrick Cranley
  • Devika Koppikar
These candidates all won at least 50% of the vote (at least 27 voters included them in their ballot).

We’d also like to announce the new Executive Committee, who consist of:

  • Chair - Aaron Kruse
  • Vice Chair - Elizabeth Jenkins
  • Legal Counsel - Alexander Lee
  • Treasurer - Patrick Cranley
  • Secretary - Kimberley Wong
  • Communications Director - Elaine Chow
Chair, Vice Chair, Legal Counsel, Treasurer, and Secretary positions all had single candidates, and the majority of the voters at AGM assented to electing them to the position. Patrick Cranley won 18 of 26 votes for Treasurer and Elaine Chow won 11 of 21 votes for Communications Director.

We’d also like to thank Samantha Wong and Johanna Yueh for volunteering their time at the AGM to assist in running the election.

If you have any questions regarding details of the election, please address them to any or all of the NEC by email by May 14, 2019.

Thank you,

The Nominations and Election Committee (NEC)
Melinda Yang (
Lisa Movius (
James Barnard (

2019 Candidates for DA China Leadership Board

Below are the candidates running for the Leadership Board of Democrats Abroad China. We include details such as their candidate statement, which positions they have been nominated for, their contact information, and endorsements.

The candidates are listed alphabetically by first name.

Download all candidate information in PDF: DA_China_Candidates_2019_FINAL.pdf

Note that floor nominations will be accepted during the Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Sunday April 14, 2019 from 1-3 pm. Voting will occur first for the eleven members of the Leadership Board, and after they are confirmed, officers will be elected from those eleven. Thus, all voting will occur during the AGM for DA China members attending either in person or through WebEx. Please register for the meeting, and sign up to be a DA China member if you haven’t done so already! Stay tuned for more information about the election format.

Register for the 2019 Annual General Meeting

We ask that in the weeks leading up to the election that conversations about the candidates remain respectful in the public spaces provided by DA China. We invite any DA member to submit further endorsements to the NEC (email any or all of us listed below) by April 11 for any of the listed candidates – we will compile and share these to DA a few days before the AGM.

We look forward to your participation – please come and vote, and help decide the future of Democrats Abroad in China!

All the best,
The Nominations and Elections Committee (NEC)
Melinda Yang (
James Barnard (
Lisa Movius (

Women's Wave - Beijing


Saturday, January 19

11:30 am at Jing A - Xingfucun Brewpub in Beijing

Free to all genders and nationalities!

Come see how much you know about notable current and past women, historic events advancing gender equality, and more! Teams can be up to six people, and winners will receive a prize! Don’t have a team? Don’t worry, we can help match you up!

Those who RSVP using the QR code below at least 24 hours before the event can get a free drink with the purchase of brunch. Hope to see you there!

For more info, email:


Thanksgiving at the Great Wall


Ready Set GO VOTE from Abroad

Free workshop on absentee voting for Americans. 

2:30-3:00pm on Saturdays at the Bookworm

Aug 25 Sept 1 Sept 8 Sept 15 � Sept 22 Sept 29 Oct 6 Oct 13

Extended hours for voter assistance: 3-5pm. 

  • Complete the required application to request your absentee ballot for the November 6 midterms.
  • Learn about your state's deadlines and requirements for submissions.
  • Find out what to expect in the voting process and how you can protect yourself from being disenfranchised.

Sessions are 30-minutes and limited to 10 participants per session. Drop-ins are welcome during the extended hours for voter assistance 3-5pm.

Questions? Contact DA China Secretary, Elizabeth Jenkins - call/text/wechat: 186-1236-5524.


2018 Labor Day Weekend in China

Red White & VOTE BLUE! Democrats Abroad China invites you to join our Labor Day Weekend Meetup at the Beijing Bookworm (Saturday, September 1st - 2:00-4:00pm). The afternoon will feature updates from the Women's and Progressive Caucuses, as well as our Get Out The Vote (GOTV) team. You can make sure you're registered and ready to vote by absentee ballot for the November 6th midterm election. We will also have opportunities for you to take action and mobilize other U.S. voters in China. This event is open to new and existing Democrats Abroad members! Voter support will be available to all Americans regardless of party affiliation. Free to attend. RSVP requested but not required:


China Voter Help Desks 2018


U.S. citizens living in Shanghai should plan to go to Boxing Cat Brewery (3rd floor) on Yongfu Lu and Fuxing Lu to register and request your absentee ballot. Every weekend from August 25, there will be a voter help desk staffed by volunteers on Saturdays and Sundays 12:00pm-5:00pm. 


In Beijing, we will have a voter help desk on Saturdays 12:00 - 5:00 PM from August 25 - October 13 at the Beijing Bookworm in Sanlitun.

Also, in Wudaokou we will have volunteers available at Lush and/or Pyro to help with voter questions on Saturdays 12:00 - 5:00 PM.


Kunming, Chengdu, Shenzhen and maybe more! Please stay tuned.

Get involved

Want to work a voter help desk? See a good venue or special event where we should be? Call/text/wechat Elizabeth 186 1236 5524 


DA China News: Updates for March 19-25

Last modified 3/18/2018, 3:35 PM

We are saddened to hear of the passing of Rep. Louise Slaughter. She was an exceptional representative and a true champion for women and families. Our deepest condolences go out to her family, friends, staff, and the people of New York's 25th District.


WeChat Sign-Up Form to rsvp, volunteer or get involved 


★ Global Women's Caucus All-member WebEx Meeting - Thanks to all of you who participated in our March 14th GWC General Meeting on WebEx. If you missed it, you can follow this link for a recording: GWC Video Resources


★ Democrats Abroad Book Club Meeting - Saturday, March 24 @ 1:30 PM: Join us at Starbucks (6 Jiangtai Lu, Lidu, Beijing) to discuss our latest book, The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin by Masha Gessen. Remote participation is available. To RSVP use the sign-up above. Please join our book club page on GoodReads.

★ Monthly Board Meeting - Tuesday, March 27 @ 7:30 PM - The Leadership Board for Democrats Abroad China is made up of 12 volunteers elected by members. All meetings are open to all DA members. If you wish to attend, use the sign-up above or email us for the WebEx info at: Go to the DA China Wiki to learn more about the board members and read previous meeting minutes.

★ Monthly Regional Call - Wednesday, March 28 @ 7:00 PM - Democrats Abroad in the Asia-Pacific (AP) Region will meet via webex. Hosted by Kat Allikian (Regional Vice Chair and DA New ZEALAND). All meetings are open to all DA members. If you wish to attend, use the sign-up above or email us for the WebEx info at:

★ BEYOND BLACK PANTHER - Saturday, March 31 @ 1:30pm - Meet our diverse panel of educators, authors, and movie industry professionals at WeWork Shanghai (Weihai Lu) as we explore the relevant themes and questions posed by the Black Panther movie. Volunteers will be ready to help U.S. citizens register to vote and request absentee ballots. #WakandaForever Click to view panelist bios and RSVP.

★ DA China Annual General Meeting - Saturday, April 28 - All Democrats Abroad China members are encouraged to attend the AGM. We will have locations secured in Shanghai and Beijing, with remote access available where ever you are. If you want to host a sattelite meeting closer to you, we can help! Times and locations are still to be determined. Please save the date. If you wish to attend, use the sign-up above or email us at:

★ May 25-27 - Democrats Abroad 2018 Annual Global Meeting in Japan: Attendance and participation is encouraged for all Democrats Abroad members. You can join the DA China delegation to the Global Meeting. Venue has been confirmed: TKP Shinagawa Conference Center, Takanawa, Minato-Ku, TOKYO (next door to Shinagawa Station). Learn More

4. Election Deadlines

★ Register to vote and request your absentee ballot! Make sure you are ready to cast your ballot from abroad. Each calendar year, voters abroad must notify their local board of elections about their intention to vote from overseas. One form does it all: Go to to learn about your state's deadlines and to complete the online FPCA (Federal Post Card Application). Follow the customized instructions provided for your submission. Depending on your state, you may be able to return your signed FPCA by email, instead of postal mail.

  Request Your 2018 Absentee Ballot

✔ ILLINOIS - Your ballot must be signed and postmarked by Tue Mar 20 for the Illinois State Primary Election (Tue Mar 20). You can receive your ballot online, but you must return your voted ballot by MAIL. Learn More.

✔ OHIO - To participate in the Primary Election (Tue May 8), complete your FPCA by Mon Apr 9 if you need to register to vote or by May 5, 12:00 PM if you only need to request your absentee ballot. Learn More.

✔ WEST VIRGINIA - To participate in the Primary Election (Tue May 8), complete your FPCA by Tue Apr 17 if you need to register to vote or by Wed May 2 if you only need to request your absentee ballot. Learn More.

✔ INDIANA - To participate in the Primary Election (Tue May 8), complete your FPCA by Tue Apr 30 if you need to register to vote or by Mon May 7 12:00 PM if you only need to request your absentee ballot and will vote by email/online. Learn More.

✔ NORTH CAROLINA - To participate in the Primary Election (Tue May 8), complete your FPCA by Mon May 7, 5:00 PM. Learn More.

5. Tiny Action

★ This week’s #TinyAction: Support voter registration wherever you are in the world! The biggest way you can make an impact in this year’s midterms is by making sure Americans abroad receive their ballots and VOTE. 

Tiny Action: Help Friends & Family Vote - Volunteer to Register Voters

6. What We're Reading

The Cambridge Analytica Files: 'I created Steve Bannon's psychological warfare tool' meet the data war whistleblower - If you’re curious as to how Cambridge Analytica came about, or how they operated, this is an excellent long read. (The Guardian)

Leslie Gibson Drops Out of State House Races - Gibson came under fire for his Twitter remarks about two students who survived the February 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. He wrote that one of the Parkland students was a "skinhead lesbian," the other a "bald-faced liar." Gibson later apologized to one of the students. (Main Public)

Florida Legislators OK Plan to Dump Sewage Into Drinking-Water Aquifers (Miami New Times)



If Black Panther has inspired you, please join us to explore questions posed by the film:

  • What if there was a powerful entity -- in the movie it was the fictional nation of Wakanda, but in reality it could be a coalition of the world's richest nations and individuals -- decided to pool resources and change the world? How would that work? What would it look like? Would there be "unintended consequences"?
  • What role does pop culture play in opening the people's minds to what might be? Long before Obama became president, there were movies and TV shows that portrayed a black president of the US. Could the Black Panther movie (and hopefully its sequels) similarly open hearts and minds to a new era of thought?

Click to RSVP and read about our panelists.


November 2017 Happenings Around China

November Member Meetups - After the amazing election results in Virginia and across the country on November 7, there was a lot to celebrate and our meetups were markedly more festive! For the first time, we had monthly meetups in THREE cities: Kunming, Shanghai and Beijing. In December, we hope to add a fourth meetup in the Pearl River Delta. 

Led by Brian Kloosterman, Kunming members met up for the first time to get to know each other and think about ways to reach out to other Americans in the area.

The meetup in Shanghai was hosted by David Henry, with members gathering for a Sunday brunch. Board members Faith Gary and Sam Wong attended.

In Beijing, James Bernard hosted a group to discuss organizing voter registration plans for the Gulou area and other expat hubs in Wudaokou and Sanlitun. Board members Aaron Kruse and Elizabeth Jenkins also attended. 

Thanksgiving in Shanghai: Democrats Abroad members in Shanghai gathered at Al's Diner for a Thanksgiving feast! We are so thankful you could join us.

November Leadership Meeting: Your elected leadership of Democrats Abroad China held their monthly call. Meeting minutes are available on the Democrats Abroad wiki. Email us for access: info-china [ a t ] democratsabroad [dot] org