As we close out Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, APIAVote and our partners are launching a new PSA for 2016 to encourage AAPIs to register and vote!
Celebrities and influencers including George Takei, John Cho, Constance Wu, Sonal Shah, Vincent Rodriguez III, and Joey Quenga have come together to bring a simple message to our communities:
To help uplift #AAPIVoices, please share this video and tell us why you're registering and voting this year!
Special thanks to Asian Americans Advancing Justice, Imprenta Communications Group, The Great Company, and Asian Pacific American Leadership Foundation for making this PSA possible.
Opinion: In 2016, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Are Ready To Be Heard
One thing is clear as Asian Pacific American Heritage Month comes to a close: AAPIs are making our voices heard across the country. Reflecting on APAHM 2016, Christine Chen, APIAVote Executive Director, and Carolyn DeWitt, Rock the Vote COO, have penned an op-ed discussing the power of our communities this year.
"The 2016 election cycle will be the largest mobilization of AAPIs in civic engagement. An unprecedented number of AAPI organizations and community leaders are coming together to ensure we effectively register and engage AAPI voters. We look not to the distant future for this community to grow, but to today and tomorrow — AAPIs are taking action, are organizing, and are prepared for the now."
Briefings, events, reports, and more
Last week, APIAVote, Advancing Justice | AAJC, and AAPI released the results of the Spring 2016 Asian American Voter Survey, "Inclusion Not Exclusion." Special thanks to Comcast for their support of our survey and the report.
Christine Chen, APIAVote Executive Director, also joined a panel at the White House on Friday, May 20th to discuss voting and civic engagement for the White House AAPI Young Leaders Briefing. The panel discussed how young leaders can get involved, and how we can best engage our communities this year.
On May 3rd, APIAVote and DC APA Film hosted Hudson Yang, star of Fresh Off the Boat, and others for a special DC screening of that week's episode. The event was followed by the unofficial after show, Fresh Off the Show, with Hudson Yang, Phil Yu (Angry Asian Man), Kat Chow, and Jeff Yang.
UCLA’s Asian American Studies Center Press and APAICS released a new edition of the AAPI Nexus journal, "AAPIs 2040." APIAVote staff and fellows contributed to the journal, with the chapter "From Citizens to Elected Representatives: The Political Trajectory of Asian American Pacific Islanders by 2040." Executive Director Christine Chen also participated in the journal's launch in Congress, joining a panel to discuss civic engagement.
Executive Director Christine Chen Featured in NBC4's APAHM Celebration
NBC4 recognized APIAVote ED Christine Chen in this year's APAHM celebration, including short videos aired on their network this month!
News4 Celebrates Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage
"News4 is celebrating APAHM this month with a special look at the contributions of these cultures."
50 Young Asian American Stars in Politics
Check out Asian Fortune's list of 50 young Asian American starts in politics, including APIAVote Communications and Development Associate, Alton Wang!