Happy New Year! On behalf of the AAPI Caucus Steering Committee, we hope you had a healthy, happy, and positive start to your 2022. We have a lot of work ahead of us as we begin getting out the vote, and we’re looking forward to working with you to come out on top in November.
If you haven’t already, we really encourage you to already put in your request for your ballot at votefromabroad.org. The earlier you get your request in, the better! Not only are the midterms in November important, but you should also participate in your state’s primaries to make sure the candidate you want gets on the ballot. The first major primary is in Texas on March 1st, 2022. Texas voters have already begun to receive their ballots, so make sure you request today!
Democrats Abroad is also calling all of members from Texas. If you are interested in helping us phone bank, please visit our website to find upcoming training sessions and all the necessary materials for our ongoing campaigns.
We have a lot of interesting events coming up starting in February. Join us on Thursday, February 3, 2022, for our Lunar New Year Celebration or on Sunday, February 6, to discuss the third episode of the PBS Documentary “Asian Americans”. On Saturday, February 26, the DA Germany Saxony Chapter will host author Willy Wilkinson to discuss his book Born on the Edge of Race and Gender: A Voice for Cultural Competency.
And in case you missed it, we were honored to co-host “Why We Can’t Wait” with the DA Reparations Task Force, the Global Black Caucus, and Global Progressive Caucus. We heard from representatives from Nikkei Progressives, Nikkei for Civil Rights and Redress, and Human Rights Watch about the history of the Japanese-American post-WWII Reparations and Black Reparations movements, how such redress has impacted both groups, and why we should continue fighting for this legislation at local, state, and national levels. Watch the recording here.
If you are interested in volunteering with the AAPI Caucus to help us get out the vote in 2022, you can find volunteer opportunities on our website. You can also make a donation to Democrats Abroad on behalf of the AAPI Caucus. Your financial support to our all-volunteer organization will help pay for voter outreach, improvements to our website, and more.
We look forward to seeing you all at an upcoming event and wish everyone a great Lunar New Year!
Chair, AAPI Caucus
Thu, Feb 3, 2022, 12pm CET
Book Club and Author Talk with Willy Wilkinson: Born on the Edge of Race and Gender: A Voice for Cultural Competency
Wed. March 16, 2022, 2pm Singapore / 4pm Sydney
AAPI Caucus Applauds the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (PACAANHPI)
Late last year President Biden issued Executive Order 14031, authorizing the creation of the President’s Commission on Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders. The Commission will advise the President on ways the public, private and non-profit sectors can work together to advance equity, justice, and opportunity for Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander communities. Democrats Abroad Global Asian American and Pacific Islander Caucus applauds this initiative, and looks forward to advancement of our joint focus in advocating on issues important to Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders both in the United States of America and living abroad.
Book Review: Habitat Threshold - Craig Santos Perez, 2020
Excerpt from Praise Song for Oceania for World Oceans Day
praise your capacity for communion
praise our common heritage
praise our pathway and promise each other
praise our most powerful metaphor
praise your vision of belonging
praise our endless saga
praise your blue planet
one world ocean
praise our trans-oceanic
past present future flowing
through our blood
Craig Santos Perez is an Indigenous CHamoru from the Pacific Island of Guam. A noted poet and scholar, Perez is also a professor of English at the University of Hawai’i Manoa where he teaches creative writing, eco poetry and Pacific Island literature. An acclaimed author, his poem Praise Song for Oceania was filmed by Hawaiian filmmaker Justyn Ah Chong and screened at a number of international film festivals. His books have been translated into Chinese, Japanese and Spanish.
His most recent book, Navigating CHamoru Poetry - Indigeneity, Aesthetics, and Decolonization, explores how CHamoru poetry has been an inspiring and empowering act of protest, resistance and testimony in the decolonization, demilitarization and environmental justice movements of Guam.