October 20, 2015

Washington, D.C. — Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote (APIAVote) was disappointed and appalled by the use of racist caricatures and messages in Lewiston, Maine, in signs that attacked an Asian American mayoral candidate on the basis of race and ethnicity.

This offensive anti-Asian sentiment has no place in any discourse as it degrades the lived experiences of all Asian Americans. We recognize the deep anti-Asian racism and rhetoric that has been pervasive throughout American history—a cycle of racism and hate that needs to stop. We implore all communities to cease the use of offensive caricatures or stereotypes in any regard.  

Christine Chen, Executive Director of APIAVote, adds, “Racist images and messages should never be used to attack any individual. With Election Day approaching, we should be focusing on issues and needs facing the community instead of attacking individuals on the basis of their racial or ethnic backgrounds.”

“As the America continues to grow increasingly diverse and our immigrant communities continue to strengthen, we must foster an inclusive society where such racist signs will never appear again.”  


Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote (APIAVote) is a national nonpartisan organization that works with community partners in 22 states to mobilize Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) in electoral and civic participation. APIAVote works to expand the AAPI electorate through voter registration, education, and get-out-the-vote-field activities. We also conduct research and polling, a voter protection program, leadership trainings, and youth engagement in an effort to amplify AAPI voices. We envision a world that is inclusive, fair, and collaborative—where AAPI communities are self-determined, empowered, and engaged.


Alton Wang
Communications and Development Associate