Global AAPI Caucus Steering Committee

Greetings from Perth, Western Australia on the coast of the Indian Ocean.
I have been a member of Democrats Abroad since moving to Perth nearly 28 years ago from Santa Barbara, California. While I am not Asian-American, my husband is from Kyoto and my two children are proudly Japanese-American.  
The election of President Biden and Vice-President Harris is just the beginning of a very long way to go with much work to be done on a number of fronts.  The surge in Asian hate crimes in the US, as well as increased racism abroad, was the motivating force for me to join the AAPI Caucus.  
I have  always been committed to social equity and justice.  I have recently retired after a long career in higher education, both in the US and Australia, including involvement with diversity and inclusion.  I look forward to assisting the AAPI Caucus both globally and in Australia.

  • rsvped for DAJ Phonebanking Training Feb 8th 2022-01-10 22:02:07 -0500

    DAJ Phonebanking Training Feb 8th

    Feb 8 7pm online phone banking training 

    Eric Gondree, one of our most experience phone-bankers, and chair of the Tokai Chapter of DAJ, will be hosting an online phone banking training on February 8th at 7pm.  

    Eric will take you through all the steps so you can join our volunteers in calling our members to make sure they have successfully registered, gotten their ballots, and returned them.  Living overseas, this is among the most important work we can do to support democracy in the United States. 

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    February 08, 2022 at 7:00pm
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  • Book Club and Author Talk with Willy Wilkinson: Born on the Edge of Race and Gender: A Voice for Cultural Competency

    Join us on February 26th for a book club discussion of Born on the Edge of Race and Gender: A Voice for Cultural Competency with author Willy Wilkinson! Signed books for people living in continental Europe cost €17,70 ($20) plus a variable shipping fee under 3 euros and can be pre-ordered until January 1st, 2022 by sending an email to [email protected]

    We look forward to seeing you there!

    Willy Wilkinson, MPH is an award-winning transgender writer and public health consultant who has been advocating for marginalized populations since the early days of the HIV/AIDS pandemic. A dynamic and engaging speaker who is recognized widely for his expertise in transgender issues, he has provided training and consultation services for hundreds of community health organizations, educational institutions, businesses, and other entities on how to provide affirming services or LGBTQ populations. Willy’s book Born on the Edge of Race and Gender: A Voice for Cultural Competency (winner of the 2016 Lambda Literary Award in transgender non-fiction) blends his intersectional experiences of race, gender, sexuality, disability, class, and parenthood with lessons from the fields of cultural competency, public health, and policy advocacy.

    WHEN
    February 26, 2022 at 8:00pm
    WHERE
    Zoom
    Pariser Platz
    Berlin 10117
    Germany
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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”:

    • The documentary is available on the PBS website, but will require using a VPN to stream the episodes and you may need to be a PBS member.
    • It is also available on Amazon, but through the U.S. site.
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    February 06, 2022 at 6:00pm
    WHERE
    Zoom
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  • published Responding to Hate Crimes on a State Level in News 2021-07-06 08:31:25 -0400

    Responding to Hate Crimes on a State Level

    On 20 May 2021 President Biden signed into law a bill that was introduced by  Rep. Grace Meng, D-N.Y., and Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, which aims “to make the reporting of hate crimes more accessible at the local and state levels by boosting public outreach and ensuring reporting resources are available online in multiple languages. It also directs the Department of Justice to designate a point person to expedite the review of hate crimes related to COVID-19 and authorizes grants to state and local governments to conduct crime-reduction programs to prevent and respond to hate crimes (NPR 20 May 2021).”

    On 2 July 2021, the Stop AAPI Hate Coalition (#StopAAPIHate) released the results of their survey documenting the hundreds of resolutions and actions taken to combat anti-AAPI racism at the state level.  The report noted that of the states that have passed resolutions, over 90% go on to be enacted.  17 states have yet to take any meaningful action to combat anti-AAPI racism: Alabama, Arizona, Connecticut, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, New Hampshire, Mississippi, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota,West Virginia and Wyoming.

    If you vote in one of these states, we urge you to contact your state and local officials and urge them to take action against racism in your community.


  • Susan Takao, AAPI Caucus Steering Committee Member

    Susan Takao

    Greetings from Perth, Western Australia on the coast of the Indian Ocean.

    I have been a member of Democrats Abroad since moving to Perth nearly 28 years ago from Santa Barbara, California. While I am not Asian-America, my husband is from Kyoto and my two children are proudly Japanese-American.

    The election of President Biden and Vice-President Harris is just the beginning of a very long way to go with much work to be done on a number of fronts. The surge in Asian hate crimes in the US, as well as increased racism abroad, was the motivating force for me to join the AAPI Caucus.

    I have always been committed to social equity and justice. I have recently retired after a long career in higher education, both in the US and Australia, including involvement with diversity and inclusion. I look forward to assisting the AAPI Caucus both globally and in Australia.

     


  • Sruthi Venkatraman, AAPI Caucus Events Working Group Member

    Sruthi Venkatraman

    Sruthi Venkatraman lives in Bangalore, India and votes in Washington. Inspired by The West Wing like many others, she took the plunge into the world of U.S. Politics from abroad last year and joined Democrats Abroad. As a member of the Events Working Group of the Global AAPI Caucus, she looks forward to exploring and representing the AAPI community's heritage and diversity.

    Currently, she studies at the Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts and hopes to one day work in policy reform. She is passionate about minority rights, healthcare and climate change. When she’s not studying for her degree, Sruthi enjoys drinking copious amounts of coffee, debating and reading books.

     


Originally from Boston, now living in Perth, Western Australia and voting in California