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I’m thrilled to join such an enthusiastic and hard-working group at AAPI Caucus. There are so many issues facing us as part of the hugely diverse but “silent minority” but together we are up to the challenge.
I was born and raised in Hawaii, of second or 3rd generation parents who originally immigrated to the US from Japan and China. In 1996, I moved to the fascinating archipelago of Indonesia.
When Hawaiian-born Barack Obama ran for President, I joined Democrats Abroad Indonesia to volunteer for his campaign, and have remained active or semi active since that time.
Some of the issues that I am particularly interested in are GOTV, voting rights, and expanding DA membership and awareness. Other areas I’m passionate about are the participation and images of Asians in the media, and stereotyping of art and traditional cultures.
March 11, 2022
On February 15, 2022 the Senate unanimously passed legislation authorizing the Amache National Historic Site in Colorado to become part of the National Park System "to preserve, protect, and interpret for the benefit of present and future generations resources associated with the incarceration of civilians of Japanese ancestry during World War II at Amache, also known as the Granada Relocation Center, and the military service of incarcerees from the Amache Center." Read the complete bill here.
Senator Michael Bennet, one of the co-sponsors of the bill in the Senate stated, "The incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II at sites like Amache is a shameful part of our country’s history. Our bill will preserve Amache’s story to ensure future generations can learn from this dark chapter in our history."
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 (U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, December 20, 2021). The 25 member Commission reflects the wide diversity and expertise within the AANHPI community. It is co-chaired by Health & Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra and U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai. Former Congressional Asian Pacific Islander Caucus Executive Director Krystal Ka’ai will serve as Executive Director of the Commission.
Nov. 15th - 21st 2021 the Global Asian American & Pacific Islander Caucus (AAPI) and the Global Black Caucus (GBC) are teaming up to take over each other's social media accounts to raise awareness of mutual issues.
First thing we want people to know is that solidarity is there.
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.
July 02, 2021
Global Youth Caucus Vice Chair
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.
July 02, 2021
Global AAPI Caucus Steering Committee
Hi everyone! Greetings from Nürnberg, Germany.
I decided to volunteer for Democrats Abroad Germany AAPI Caucus because it is personal and important to me. As a naturalized Korean American from Wisconsin, I want to raise awareness of the challenges and issues that the AAPI community faces every day. Since I moved to Germany in 2019, I felt disconnected and isolated from American politics. So I joined Democrats Abroad north and central Bavaria Chapter. In March 2021, after the horrific shootings in Atlanta, I felt numb, sad and worried for my family. The terrible and racist incidents were too much! So I decided that I had to do something to fight for justice especially for our AAPI community.
In the US I also experienced discrimination and microaggressions. It was frustrating and exhausting to deal with stereotypes and prejudices.
My teenagers also experienced uncomfortable situations and questions about their Asian background, not only in the US but also in Germany since they are half Korean American and half German. Wherever we are, we still face similar questions and experiences. I am doing this work for them as well.
I am also proud to be Korean American and teach about Korean culture through cooking and traditional drumming. I will continue to do this work in my new community in Germany.
Along with other communities that are facing challenges, I hope that our caucus will bring much needed awareness of AAPI issues and offer support for each other. Along with educational and social programs, we hope to reach out to AAPI in Germany and build connections. Feel free to reach out to me!
Hi! I'm Wy Ming (pronounced just like Wyoming, without the O 😉) and I am a New York voter originally from Brooklyn. I've lived all over Germany and have spent considerable time in Berlin, Cologne, and Leipzig, before settling down first for my Masters and now for my PhD in Tübingen. During the 2020 presidential election, I started volunteering for Democrats Abroad, and I was moved at how enthusiastic fellow expats were at still trying to enact change in America. Since then, I have been more engaged with DA Germany and was recently voted to be the Vice Chair of Stuttgart Chapter. I am also helping to build DA Germany's spinoff of the AAPI Caucus because I believe that it's important to support each other and share our experiences as AAPI in our host country, engage with locals who are part of the Asian diaspora, and discuss ways in which we could be active about AAPI issues in our local communities.