People Are Finally Paying Attention to AAPI Voters. But For How Long?

Although we are often treated as a monolith, the AAPI community includes people from more than 30 countries and ethnic subpopulations speaking more than 100 languages. Once the elections are all over, lots of campaigns and organizations will pack their bags and leave until the next time they need something. But our communities need long term investment that acknowledges all AAPI voices and then listens to them.

Neera Tanden Tapped for OMB Director: “I’m Here Today Because of Social Programs”

On Dec. 1, Neera Tanden accepted the position as director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and laid out the importance of the OMB, which oversees financial decisions within the executive branch.

“We relied on food stamps to eat; we relied on Section 8 housing vouchers to pay the rent; we relied on the social safety net to get back on our feet,” she continued. “This country gave her a fair shot to reach the middle class, and she made it work.”

“Madam Vice President”: Kamala Harris Makes History

Harris’s unprecedented rise as the first woman, who is also Black and South Asian, to serve as vice president forces us to recognize a woman from a richly diverse background has been chosen to lead one of the greatest democracies in the world.

America, at least half of it, can celebrate that we have chosen the path of inclusion, diversity and hope—even if we barely managed to do so.

Asian Americans in the 2020 Election: Our Survival is Political

Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic and a national reckoning with racism, Sarah Min argues, “Now is the time for Asian Americans to come together to fight for racial, economic and social justice.”

In Min’s home state of Pennsylvania, there are over 230,000 Asian Americans in Pennsylvania who are eligible to vote but have not registered. Therefore, she is calling on Asian Americans to “become more civically engaged for the liberation of all people.”