Encouraging Young AAPI Leaders at Congressional
Reception and Leadership Institute!
July 3--Last week, over 350 AAPI summer interns in Washington, DC joined APIAVote and our partners at our annual Congressional Reception
on Capitol Hill! These future leaders heard inspiring words from Members of Congress, including Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Rep. Judy Chu
(D-CA), Rep. Ami Bera (D-CA), Rep. Grace Meng (D-NY), Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL), Rep. Amata Radewagen (R-American Samoa), Rep.
Mark Takano (D-CA), and Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA), and of course, Secretary Norman Mineta.
Special thanks to Senator Hirono for securing our amazing venue, Comcast for sponsoring this event, and our co-hosts: APAICS, Conference
on Asian Pacific American Leadership (CAPAL), Council of Korean Americans, ECAASU, Hindu American Foundation (HAF), International
Leadership Foundation (ILF), National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA), OCA-Asian Pacific American Advocates, Sikh American
Legal Defense and Education Fund (SALDEF), and Washington Leadership Program (WLP).
Louis Lin, a current intern at the Department of Transportation reflected on the event: “A couple of days from the reception now, I still
remember Secretary Mineta’s words: ‘use one hand to pull yourself up and another to pull another fellow up.’ I think it is powerful that I came
away from the event with a sense of purpose in my mind.”
Addressing this year's intern cohort, Rep. Judy Chu reminded them that they "will be the leaders of tomorrow and have the power to shape
the future of our country, and so whether it's a career in public service or becoming a community advocate or starting your own business,
each of you will play an important role in making sure that our voices are heard."
As Jaslin Kaur, a current intern with the National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum described her experience, it was "a rare
opportunity to share space with Members of Congress, friends, and new faces at the same time. It's not too often that I'm in a room with so
many AAPIs -- that's what I hope the near future looks like."