ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICANS IN THE NEWS
Asian American And Pacific Islander Turnout Helped Hand Biden Georgia
Reprinted from NPR: Full Episode on
President-elect Joe Biden carried Georgia with less than a 13,000-vote lead, a tiny margin made possible, in part, by historic turnout among Asian American and Pacific Islanders in the Peach State. It's the first time in nearly 30 years that Georgia voters chose a Democrat for president.
By some counts, AAPI voters nearly doubled compared to 2016, and Aisha Yaqoob Mahmood of the Asian American Advocacy Fund says that's no fluke. Her organization helps turn out voters for progressive candidates and causes.
"Our playbook wasn't just the work that we did in 2020, but it's years of organizing in our communities," she tells NPR's Morning Edition. "Within such a diverse Asian American community, we can't just have one AAPI organizer and call it a day. We have to have very specific ethnic organizers that are doing the very important and very specific organizing necessary for some of these communities."
Remember Asian American voters
By Rep. Grace Meng (D-N.Y.), Opinion Contributor — 12/08/20 03:00 PM EST
Reprinted from The Hill
Without a doubt, Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) voters showed up in this 2020 election cycle.
We showed up in numbers never seen before. We showed up with an energy and fervor never experienced before. We showed up to be counted among the historic 80 million votes — the highest ever received by a winning presidential candidate. Most of all, we showed up to elect the first Black and Asian American woman as our next vice president — breaking down the highest glass and bamboo ceiling yet.
As a vice chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and chair of ASPIRE — the political arm of AAPI members of Congress — I am immensely proud of Democrats’ united work to mobilize and energize Asian American communities all across the country.
This engagement, and the subsequent historic turnout, however, did not happen overnight. Motivated by the devastating 2016 defeat, I made it my personal mission to ensure AAPIs were an integral part of our party's outreach strategy. As such, the DNC’s focus on AAPI coalitions happened early on, years before the presidential election-cycle, consistently in key battleground states.
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What You Can Do About Anti-Asian Violence
A new surge of anti-Asian attacks comes nearly a year after Covid spawned increased vitriol toward people of Asian descent across the country
Reprinted from ROLLING STONE MAGAZINE
Recent attacks on elderly Asian victims are at the center of a rising national dialogue about anti-Asian and Asian-American racism, with the latest incidents coming nearly a year after the coronavirus pandemic spawned increased vitriol towards people of Asian descent across the country.
Last month, 84-year-old Vicha Ratanapakdee died, two days after the Thai man was shoved to the ground while walking in San Francisco. Days later, a second incident saw a 91-year-old man violently attacked while walking in Oakland’s Chinatown, the latest in a string of reported physical attacks and robberies targeting Asian men and women in the Bay Area. On the other side of the country, photos of Noel Quintana quickly began circulating, after the 61-year-old Filipino-American was slashed in the face with a box cutter on the subway, the victim of a reported hate crime in New York City.
Asian Americans are growing fastest in Nevada. Here's how they voted.
By Celeste Katz Marston
Reprinted from NBC News - Nov. 11, 2020, 8:31 AM PST
"TikTok Titas" in the Silver State may have helped Joe Biden win gold in this year's dramatic presidential election.
Older Filipina American women — known as "titas" — made a splash in Nevada in get-out-the-vote moments during the campaign, from vibrant car parades to popular TikTok clips. They're just one of a variety of Asian American and Pacific Islander groups that came out enthusiastically for Biden's campaign even amid the stress and unusual circumstances of the coronavirus pandemic, said Christian Bato, the Biden campaign's lead for AAPI outreach in Nevada.
According to Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote, or APIAVote, a nonpartisan civic engagement group, there were more than 209,000 eligible AAPI voters in Nevada going into the election, about 11 percent of the state's electorate.
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