NAAPAC e-Newsletter No. 2020-12-08
- FW: Record Asian American turnout helped Biden win Georgia. Can it help flip the Senate?
- FW: Asian American leaders press Biden for more diverse Cabinet picks
- FW: MARK YOUR CALENDAR: Celebrate Our Work!
- FW: TEACH IN: US AGGRESSION ON CHINA: WHAT CAN WE DO
- FW: US -China relationships in a nut shell
From: Joel Wong
Subject: Record Asian American turnout helped Biden win Georgia. Can it help flip the Senate?
When Long Tran, a liberal organizer of Vietnamese descent, hosted a meet-and-greet for Georgia Democrat Jon Ossoff in early 2017, he was hoping in part to engage more Asian Americans like himself …
From: Joel Wong
Subject: Asian American leaders press Biden for more diverse Cabinet picks
Subject: MARK YOUR CALENDAR: Celebrate Our Work!
Celebrate Our Work
Our annual Taste of Democracy is going virtual…and you’re invited.
Thank you so much for joining us this past #GivingTuesday. Together we are empowering our Asian American and Pacific Islander communities to have their voices heard loud and clear! We are eager to celebrate the amazing work accomplished with our incredible network of partners, and we want you to celebrate with us.
Join us on December 10th at 7 PM ET for our 2020 Taste of Democracy where we will honor the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) with the 2020 Beacon of Democracy Award.
This year CAAM has produced several important works for the AAPI electorate and have partnered with us on many projects such as:
- PBS Asian America & their role in supporting filmmakers and films highlighting AAPIs participation in civic life. This 5 part series provided communities the tool to educate themselves and others about our collective American history from the lens of Asian Americans. This provided a grounding point for the AAPI community as they prepared their local communities for the elections.
- 2020 Presidential Town Hall: Our historic Presidential Town Hall was co-produced by CAAM.
- 2020 Digital Campaign and Video Series which featured AAPI influencers and messaging on how to make a plan to vote, your voting rights and early voting options. CAAM helped APIAVote film and produce this series.
Congratulations to CAAM and we commend them for their incredible work and contributions.
We Need More AAPI Political Appointees
To form a representative democracy, the Administration must prioritize hiring diverse staff from senior to mid-level positions.
Want to work for the incoming administration? Fill out the political appointment resume bank from the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS) and the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA).
Every presidential administration has approximately 4,000 non-career positions across the federal government to fill. We’re working to support NCAPA and APAICS in making sure that the incoming administration has the widest pool of qualified and diverse public servants to choose from by identifying exceptional AAPI candidates. There must be more representation in our democracy and that includes the Cabinet and federal leadership.
APAICS & NCAPA are also hosting a webinar series about the experience from the perspective of four former Asian American appointees. To learn more, see APAICS’s webinar on Political Appointments 101 here.
Informing Our Communities & Other News
Some current events that you should know.
APIAVOTE IN THE NEWS
The challenge of combating fake news in Asian American communities
“This election cycle, we were involved with a larger network of community organizations to make sure we fought back on disinformation about the election process,” Christine Chen, executive of APIAVote, told Vox.
OTHER NEWS TO NOTE
- Record Asian American turnout helped Biden win Georgia. Can it help flip the Senate?
- A New Political Force Emerges in Georgia: Asian-American Voters
- Lawmakers to Biden: ‘Step it up’ on Cabinet diversity
From: Temay So
Subject: TEACH IN: US AGGRESSION ON CHINA: WHAT CAN WE DO
From: JOEL WONG
Subject: US -China relationships in a nut shell
U.S. Relations With China
1949 – 2020
Since 1949, U.S.-China relations have evolved from tense standoffs to a complex mix of intensifying diplomacy, growing international rivalry, and increasingly intertwined economies.