|The untapped potential of Asian voters
Incoming college student Brandon Liu
shared why he is volunteering to get out
the vote in his Ohio Asian American
“I’m interested in being more politically
active. I really enjoy studying history,
following politics in the news. In today’s
conversation, many of my Asian
American peers don’t feel their views are
that important, but in any democracy it’s
crucial to vote and exercise that right,"
Liu told APIAVote.
He learned that 49 percent of Asian
Lessons about voting jump off textbook page at AP Government
class in Ohio
Executive Director Christine Chen recently presented at five AP Government
classes on the historical struggle for people of color to secure voting rights
and how we can protect the vote of AAPIs at Upper Arlington High School in
Student Olivia Wang first learned the process of voting is difficult in
immigrant communities because of language barriers, which had not
crossed her mind prior to that day. "I have spoken English all my life," Wang
told APIAVote. "I am privileged enough to live in a country where my first
language is the prominent language."
Betsy Sidor, the AP Government teacher, observed that her students had
many questions about the importance of election protection.
Chen made the lessons Ms. Sidor taught from the textbook jump off the
page for the students.
"Christine challenged us to open our minds to the world very different than our comfortable suburbia and suggested that we
could choose to do something about the injustices we previously ignored," Sidor said.
The untapped potential of Asian voters
Saahil Desai reports on how Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) are building electoral power in communities
from Virginia to North Carolina in the spring issue of Washington Monthly. AAPIs are poised to vote in high numbers for the
2018 elections with the help of nonpartisan organizations like APIAVote.
“We teach everything from voter registration to get-out-the-vote to electoral protections,” Christine Chen, APIAVote's
executive director, told Washington Monthly. “Basically, how to engage an AAPI voter—it’s different for Hmong voters in
Minnesota versus Filipinos in Nevada.”
Last month, APIAVote made a stop in Columbus, Ohio, to hold a Norman Y. Mineta Leadership Institute training with ASIA
Inc. and Ohio Asian American Health Coalition.
Americans and Pacific Islanders are registered to vote at the training, which felt shocking to him. "It is exciting in one way
because it’s a very actionable thing to start on because like the trainers said it’s the entry ticket to the ballot,” he said.