July 4, 2015

Celebrating our 15th Anniversary on July 23

SAVE THE DATE!

ASIAN AMERICAN ACTION (AAA) FUND HOST COMMITTEE
Marybelle Ang * Irene Bueno * KJ Bagchi * Puja Bhatia * Gloria Caoile
Richard Chen * Gautam Dutta * Caroline Fan * Tom Goldstein
Melissa Unemori Hampe * Bel Leong-Hong * Ken Inouye * Otto Lee
Mona Mohib * Howard Moon * Monisha Santamaria * Paul Tiao * Yeni Wong

Invites you to
Our 15th annual celebration

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

Democratic National Committee
Wasserman Room
430 South Capitol Street, SE
Washington, D.C. 20003
6:00 to 8:00 pm

Suggested Donations

Individuals:
Host: $2,000
Sponsor: $1,000
Friend: $500
Guest: $125 ($100 online by 6/22)
Non-Profit/Public Sector: $100 ($75 online by 6/22)
Student/Young Professional: $55 ($40 online by 6/22)

PAC Donations:
Platinum: $5,000 – GOLD: $4,000 – SILVER: $3,000

Donations will go to AAA-Fund to support its continuing efforts to unite and activate our community.

For Rsvp and Donations please go to our donation page or contact: Lida Peterson (lida@cimpa.org; 703.622.1381)

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Paid for by the Asian American Action Fund, 1666 K Street, NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC 20006
Not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee
www.aaa-fund.org

Social Media

We’ve spent much of our energies lately on social media. We are always posting to our Facebook & Twitter, platforms where we’ve more engagement than here. Judging by comments given, you also prefer our Facebook & Twitter.

Else, comment!

APAICS: Asian American Electorate to Double by 2040

Editor’s Note: The below is a re-posting of a new release by our friends at APAICS.

APAICS

FOR RELEASE
May 7, 2015
Washington, D.C. & Los Angeles, CA
Contact: Elena Ong
310-948-2947

Asian American Electorate to Double by 2040

The half-century journey of the Immigration & Nationality Act of 1965 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 continues to transform and be a beacon of hope for America’s social and political fabric. As we commemorate these Acts, and celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, it is a time to reflect on the remarkable accomplishments and contributions made by Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs), and envision the challenges and opportunities of the next 25 years.

A new study released today by the UCLA Study for the Center for Inequality and the Asian

Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS) shows that while the Asian American population will grow by 74% between 2015 and 2040, the Asian American electorate will more than double, and grow by 107%.

According to Paul Ong, Director of the UCLA Center on the Study of Inequality, “Our report finds that in 2015, there are 20.5 million Asian Americans, and a quarter of a century from now, 35.7 million. In 2040, nearly 1 in 10 Americans will be Asian American. During the same period, the number of Asian American registered voters will increase from 5.9 million to 12.2 million.”

According to Elena Ong, the report’s co-author, “The Asian American electorate will emerge from 4% today, to 7%, six presidential cycles from now. The Asian American vote is not a monolith. It’s important to look at the underlying demographic characteristics — Asian American registered voters by age, and by where they were born. Today, 62% of the Asian American electorate are naturalized citizens, but over the next quarter of century, there will be a multigenerational transformation. By 2040, 47% will be younger and U.S. born, and 53% will be older and foreign-born.”

This report, which is the first of a series of publications on the future of AAPIs, presents projections of the Asian American population to 2040, with a focus on the electorate. This project is designed to provide detailed projections that serve as a basis for developing a vision to guide the development of legislation, policies and programs that would address the concerns and priorities of this rapidly growing population. This report is the first in a series of publications that explore the key demographic dimensions that can shape the future of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. A copy of the full report will be available on May 7 at: http://luskin.ucla.edu/content/center-study-inequality and http://apaics.org/resources/publications/.

Click here to download The Future of Asian America in 2040 infographic.

Click here to download a copy of the full report.

Click here to download a copy of detailed commentaries on the report.

IMPLICATIONS

The Immigration Act and Voting Rights Act created what Ong, De La Cruz-Viesca and Nakanishi call the “Next Sleeping Giant” in American politics, and the question remains, will the “Next Sleeping Giant” awaken and change the course, and discourse of America, when the Asian American electorate doubles by the year 2040?

“The study released today shows that Asian Americans will have a growing presence and stronger voice in our national debates for years to come. As the first Asian American woman elected to the U.S. Senate, I look forward to continuing to work with organizations like APAICS to grow the pipeline of Asian American leaders who will amplify the voice of our community and continue the fight to overcome the challenges we face.”

– U.S. Senator Mazie Hirono (HI)

“Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are not only the fastest growing racial group in the United States, but are also one of the fastest growing voting populations in our nation. The Future of Asian America in 2040 report confirms this and provides key findings on the increasingly influential AAPI electorate, which is expected to double by 2040. As AAPIs become more engaged in the political process, it is important now more than ever that our government both represents and responds to the needs of our diverse communities.”

– U.S. Representative Judy Chu (CA-27), Chairwoman, Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus

“Not only are Asian Americans the fastest growing racial group in America, they are now one of the fastest growing electorates in America. Between 2015 and 2040, the number of Asian American registered voters will double, and shift, from an older, more foreign-born naturalized voter base, to a younger, U.S. born voter base. Understanding this dynamic and viable political force will prove to be advantageous for candidates and campaigns in the 2016 elections and beyond. Asian Americans are a very fluid voting base and every election is a new opportunity to court the Asian American vote. Cultivating Asian American voters and gaining their loyalty is pivotal to a political party’s future. Securing the Asian American vote in areas with large concentration, and in swing vote states, will be a political game changer. Political parties should also cultivate candidates who can appeal to, be responsive to, and turn out the Asian American vote.”

– S. Floyd Mori, CEO and President, Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies

“These population projections are informative and should be used as a guide when we talk about allocating resources to support and maximize our community’s civic participation.” – Mee Moua, President and Executive Director, Asian Americans Advancing Justice l AAJC

“What I am most interested in is whether Asian Americans will play the role of wedge or glue, among various racial groups. In our liminal position as the so-called model minority, will we function as honorary Whites or people of color? . . . That’s the choice ahead.”

– Jerry Kang, Professor of Law, Professor of Asian American Studies, and the inaugural Vice Chancellor (designate) for Equity, Diversity & Inclusion at UCLA

“These trends have notable implications for Asian American political empowerment. . . . [and] significant meaning for the very nature of American politics. . . . It has been only recently that researchers have included Asian Americans in the coalition paradigm. . . . The possibility of [inter-ethnic] coalition politics is highly dependent on the issues at play, the composition of the Asian American population in question, and, ultimately, the articulation of an Asian American political agenda.”

– Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr., Dean, UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs

“We are at the crossroads of a demographic transition – the Asian American electorate will double just as we are turning the corner to a nation that is majority minority. We can choose a path of justice, or a strategy of ‘just us.’ . . . instead we can link across these divides, we can expand all our horizons.”

– Manuel Pastor, Professor of Sociology and American Studies & Ethnicity at the University of Southern California and currently directs the Program for Environmental and Regional Equity at USC and co-directs the Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration

“In areas where Asian Americans are concentrated or growing, Asians can shape the outcome of close elections, where a small margin of victory is needed, especially in non-presidential election periods, where voter turnout is typically lower amongst the general electorate.”

– Linda Trinh Vo, Associate Professor and former Chair of the Department of Asian American Studies at the University of California, Irvine and President of the Association for Asian American Studies

“Three scenarios could challenge or disrupt an optimistic view of the political future for Asian America during the 25 years leading up to 2040. . . . class [differences] . . . partisan skirmishes and controversies . . . and America’s color line.

– Don Nakanishi, Professor Emeritus and Director Emeritus of the UCLA Asian American Studies Center

“To make growth in population and registration count decisively however, community-based and advocacy organizations should devote resources to the places where the Asian American vote is not only growing, but also mostly likely to be influential (fastest growing population and small margins of victory for the candidates, in places like Nevada, North Carolina, Virginia).”

– Janelle Wong, Director of the Asian American Studies Program, University of Maryland College Park

“These projections are telling of how Asian Americans will play a decisive role in setting the stage of future politics. . . . Ethnicity, along with nativity and many other demographic characteristics (e.g. age, gender, mixed-race, class) will have major implications on whom will represent the Asian American Electorate in 2040.”

– Melany De La Cruz-Viesca, Assistant Director of the UCLA Asian American Studies Center & Coordinator of the Center’s Census Information Center

About APAICS:

The Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS) is a national non-partisan, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting Asian Pacific American participation and representation at all levels of the political process, from community service to elected office. APAICS programs focus on developing leadership, building public policy knowledge, and filling the political pipeline for Asian Pacific Americans to pursue public office at the local, state, and federal levels.

APABA Event, LA May 18: Policing Communities of Color

Editor’s Note: The Asian American Action Fund co-sponsors the upcoming Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Los Angeles County‘s (APABA) APA Heritage Month Event. The panel discussion Policing Communities of Color: Where Do Asian Pacific Americans Stand? in Little Tokyo at East West Players on Monday, May 18 at 6:30 p.m. will feature various prominent experts and practitioners speaking on the topic of the Asian American response to, and perspective on, the use of excessive force by police. Please also see their Facebook and Twitter.

Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Los Angeles County

APABA’s Annual APA Heritage Month Event – Policing Communities of Color: Where Do Asian Pacific Americans Stand?

Date: Monday, May 18, 2015
Location: East West Players, 120 Judge John Aiso St., Los Angeles, CA 90012 6:00 p.m. Registration; 6:30 p.m. Panel Discussion; 8:00 p.m. Reception

Join APABA at our annual APA Heritage Month Event – Policing Communities of Color: Where Do Asian Pacific Americans Stand? The event will begin with performances by local spoken word artists and a panel discussion.

Panelists to include:

– Annie Lai, Professor of Law at University of California Irvine School of Law
– Kathleen Kim, Police Commissioner and Professor of Law at Loyola Law School
– Brian Moriguchi, President of the Professional Police Officers Association and Lieutenant of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department

The panel will be moderated by Paul Jung, Staff Attorney at Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles.

Performances by Annette Wong and Hatefas Yop

1 hour of MCLE credit to be provided by APABA. The event is free but we ask attendees to RSVP online & spread the Event flyer.

DNC Chair Wasserman Schultz’s Statement on AAPI Heritage Month

Editor’s Notes: The below is a reposting of the DNC original.

Democratic National Committee

Washington, D.C. – DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement today in recognition of May as Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month:

“May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month – an opportunity to recognize the contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and to celebrate the rich and diverse cultures that make up this vibrant community. For generations, AAPI Americans have faced and overcome adversity, and we appreciate the integral role they have played in shaping America into what it is today.

“The AAPI community is strengthened by the success of middle class economics. AAPI small business owners continue to thrive in an economy that has experienced 61 straight months of private sector job growth. AAPI families have benefitted from increased access to quality affordable health insurance, investments in education, and tax cuts for the middle class.

“The Democratic Party remains committed to fighting for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and we will continue to fight for commonsense policies that put the middle class first and give all AAPI families their shot at achieving the American dream.”

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In Support of Phil

I beat up boys. Angry Little Asian Girl.

Editor’s Note: The views espoused below or in our blog are those of the writer & not that of the parent organization, the AAA-Fund.

We’ve linked to Angry Asian Man whose proprietor Phil Yu is a tireless, foremost advocate for so many causes in our community, many of which are ours here at the AAA-Fund and its Blogteam both. His leading in publicizing matters, writing credible posts & lending his name & time & energy to our causes is steady, reliable & much appreciated.

Thus when Lela Lee, the founder of Angry Little Asian Girls, threatened to sue Phil due to trademark (don’t say copyright, she’ll get you) infringement, the anger and backlash against her were unleashed. Internet bullying is deployed fully against her, not that I advocate it but namely that she brought it upon herself with her caustic attitude, sharp writing, snide sarcasm, personal attacks, and request to keep everything private.

My 2nd offense is at her attacking. I don’t mean to say the AAPI community has to act as 1 or is 1 happy family, that’s unrealistic and unhealthy, but her attitude is so poor by any measure that it must be called out.

My foremost offense is at her hijacking the community and moniker “Angry Asian” for herself. Who gave her that right? With the same arrogance of lawyer combined with businesswoman, she swoops in to belittle, chastise, and bump off an innocent person? Who said she could exclusively be the only Asian to give emphatic expression? What right does she have to own the whole idea of an angry Asian much less its trademark? But the harm to our community, our cause, no way, such damaging persons cannot be left to do their craft.

The solution is to publicly shame her by simply, innocently, merely re-posting her posts a.k.a. archiving her blog from which she already deleted past items (but nothing online is ever deleted). Her harming the community with her selfish act deserves commensurate action. All our official and unofficial cross-posting partners from 8Asians (excellent letter) to ReAppropriate (excellent coverage always & especially good writing) and FascinAsians and Phil‘s original post and our friend Jeff Yang all agree, Lela Lee is wrong.

DC Mar 25: An evening with Rep. Mark Takai

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Asian American Action Fund
cordially invites you to
an evening with Rep. Mark Takai
with delicious food and delightful wine pairings

AAA-Fund kicks off 2015 with an intimate dinner with Rep. Mark Takai on Wednesday, March 25th at 6:30p in downtown DC.
Rep. Mark Takai is a 2014 AAA-Fund Endorsee & Honorary Board member & represents Hawaii’s 1st Congressional district. Mark previously represented Hawaii’s 33rd House District in the State legislature 1994-2014 & currently serves as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Hawaii Army National Guard.

2200 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20037
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 6:30p-8:30p

RSVP, tickets, info HERE
Queries, email RSVP to Sarah Jeong
Download our event flyer or hit “Attending” on our Facebook Event to spread the word.

Suggested Donations
Individuals: Friend $500 Sponsor $1000 PAC: Silver $2500 Gold $5000

Donations will go to the AAA-Fund to support its continuing efforts to elect Asian American Democrats and politically activate the Asian American community. The AAA-Fund is a progressive political organization dedicated to empowering Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders across the United States.

The AAA-Fund accepts contributions only from individuals using their own personal funds of up to $5000 per calendar year and contributions will be used for federal elections. Under federal law, the AAA-Fund cannot accept contributions from Federal government contractors (note that employeees of federal contractors are free to contribute personal funds), foreign nationals who are not permanent residents; or those making donations using the general treasury funds of corporations, labor organizations, or national banks. Federal law requires us to use our best efforts to collect and report the full name, mailing address, occuption and employer of any individual whose contributions exceed $200 in a calendar year. Paid for by the Asian American Action Fund (www.aaa-fund.org) and authorized by Representative Mark Takai.

Why are Evangelicals Silent about Dead Egyptian Coptic Christians?

beheading Coptic Christians

Let’s jump right in, why are evangelicals silent about the beheading of 21 Coptic Christians? Or for that matter, any of the 1000s of Coptics killed for decades?

Some background, conservative pro-Christian media is usually very fast to promote news that makes evangelicals (that’s not the same as all Christians as they think they’re right & all other Christian sects are wrong, basically) look good. This time, their universe is silent. Here’s why:

  • Egyptians are all Arab and Muslim, right? what’s the difference anyways?
  • They’re dark so they’re not like us. We can’t care.
  • We’re comfortable in suburbia and that’s just too far.
  • Isn’t it normal in that part of the world?
  • Isn’t Libya also bad? Where’s Libya?

Extremist Christians are bad because religious extremism is the root of this whole problem. Using Christian extremism won’t solve the Muslim extremism.

I thought about doing this article as a split column with my reaction on the right, but likely your reactions to the Christians cited above is the same as mine. Explanations would kill the sarcastic joke.