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Filed bill would require Asian American and Pacific Islander history to be taught in schools

The piece of legislation amends a previously-adopted series of statutes that details requirements to teach historically significant events across history, including the history of the United States, the history of the Holocaust, and African American history. If passed, adopted curricula would involve teachings of contributions made by Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders to American society...
By Caden DeLisa |

Filipinos Among AAPI Groups Affected Most By COVID In California

The type of data collected and how much progress has been made in the implementation of this bill was outlined in the webinar, which started with a welcome from Maral Farsi, deputy director of legislative and governmental affairs at CDPH. Attending and speaking were a variety of experts tasked with working together in and towards...
By Amrylois Ferido/AJPress |

Georgia Is A Perfect Example Of The Growing Power Of Asian American Voters

“We are seeing correlations between surges in early vote turnout and overall turnout, so it would not be surprising to find that the AAPI gains over 2018 in early vote turnout are reflected in overall turnout as well,” Tom Bonier, the CEO of TargetSmart, told Vox. As the group’s population has grown, both parties have...
By Zoey Khalid |
Georgia state Rep. Sam Park (D-Lawrenceville).

Georgia's new AAPI caucus is one of the largest in the country

When Georgia's General Assembly convenes in January for the 2023 legislative session, its first Asian American Pacific Islander caucus — one of the largest in the country — will get to work on tackling issues for a community that, until recent years, was long ignored by politicians. Why it matters: AAPI voter turnout in Georgia...
By Kristal Dixon |

Asian Americans heavily favored Warnock in Georgia runoff, exit poll shows

Asian American voters prioritized a number of issues, ranking education, health care and economy/jobs as the top three categories influencing their votes. But when the results are broken down by candidate choice, those who supported Warnock ranked health care and education as their top two priorities, with the economy as the third. Those who voted...
By Kimmy Yam |

Asian American, Latinx voting organizations pushing for more engagement before Senate runoff

Makhija is the executive director of Indian American Impact. The organization was designed to "organization dedicated to building Indian American political power, investing in Indian American candidates, and enfranchising the growing Indian American electorate," according to their website. A report from AAPI Data last year showed that Asian voter turnout in Georgia doubled between 2016...
By Karys Belger |
Sen. Raphael Warnock, the Democratic incumbent, left, and Herschel Walker, his Republican opponent in the Dec. 6 Georgia runoff election, where both candidates are actively courting Asian support.AP

Asian American voters could help decide the Senate runoff in Georgia, experts say

According to Karthick Ramakrishnan, co-director of AAPI Data, the concerted efforts to appeal to Asian voters in Georgia are reflected in nationwide politics. While AAPIs mostly vote Democratic, there’s a stronger push being made from both sides to secure their attention. “There is increasing competition. The Democrats have stepped up their game, partly because Republicans...
By Sakshi Venkatraman |
Sen. Raphael Warnock, D-Ga., speaks during a news conference, Nov. 10, 2022, in Atlanta. Warnock is running against Republican Herschel Walker in a runoff election.

Sen. Raphael Warnock courts Asian American vote in Georgia with digital ads

“I’m proud to call Georgia home, but I’d be embarrassed to call Herschel Walker my senator,” the narrators say. “So I’m doing my part and voting for Reverend Warnock in the runoff on Dec. 6. I hope you’ll join me.” The ads have a short run time of around 20 seconds and underscore efforts to...
By Tom Howell Jr. |
Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.) addresses reporters after the weekly Senate Democratic policy luncheon on Tuesday, September 20, 2022.

Warnock campaign releases ads in Vietnamese, Mandarin, Korean to mobilize AAPI voters

“I’m proud to call Georgia home, but I’d be embarrassed to call Herschel Walker my senator,” the voters say in the ads. “So I’m doing my part and voting for Reverend Warnock in the runoff on Dec. 6. I hope you’ll join me.” The digital ads range from 18 seconds long to 24 seconds long...
By MYCHAEL SCHNELL |

Hmong New Year in Sacramento expected to bring more than 40,000 people

Since 1975, more than 250,000 Hmong refugees have fled Laos, and because of U.S.-led wars in Southeast Asia, approximately 90% of Hmong refugees have resettled in the U.S. according to the Migration Policy Institute. The largest wave of Hmong immigrants arrived in the U.S. in the 1980s. California's Hmong population is composed of nearly 95,000...
By Maricela De La Cruz |
Jay Chen and supporters

GOP Rep. Michelle Steel wins re-election in contentious House race between 2 Asian Americans

Steel's win comes as the district is undergoing changes. Once regarded as a Republican stronghold, Orange County has proven to be a battleground district in the past few election cycles. An estimated 38% of county residents registered as Democrats, just edging out Republicans, at just over 32% as of this year. Another quarter reported no...
By Kimmy Yam |
Democratic Party supporters await New York Gov. Kathy Hochul's arrival at a campaign event in New York's Chinatown on Friday

Asian Americans favored Democratic candidates in midterms, exit polls say

“That’s what’s been blowing up on our family’s WeChat,” Yeung said. She’s among the many Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders who showed up at the ballot box Tuesday. Surveys show that Asian Americans favored Democrats during the midterm elections, according to election night exit polls. An NBC News Exit Poll found that 58% had voted...
By Kimmy Yan |

Election 2022: Indian American voters hold the balance of power

Six more are trying their luck in State Senates in Arizona, Michigan, Vermont and Washington. Nine others are vying for elective offices with Republican Harry Arora running for State Treasurer in Connecticut and Sim Gill for District Attorney in Salt Lake County, Utah. All but three or four of the 35 Indian American candidates in...
By Arun Kumar |
The California Freedom Summer “We Belong” event at UC Riverside on Oct. 1 brought more than 100 high school students from San Bernardino, Calexico, Coachella Valley and Riverside to participate in workshops about the importance of voting.

Power to the young people: UCLA students and others help educate California youth about voting

The grassroots work with non-partisan groups throughout the state resulted in educational and community events that were all part of the California Freedom Summer. “People of color are seven out of 10 young people in the state of California and in some of your communities you are eight out of 10, nine out of 10...
By Jessica Wolf |
An Abortion rights activist Gwak chants in front of the Supreme Court

Asian Americans have some of the highest levels of support for abortion rights — and it's driving them to vote

Asians usually vote blue, and their rates of political engagement have surged over the past five years. Between 2014 and 2020, voter turnout for Asian Americans grew from 49.3% to 59.5%. The only group that saw higher gains was Pacific Islanders, whose turnout over the same time frame grew from 41.2% to 55.7%. Asian Americans...
By Sakshi Venkatraman |

In Nevada, Both Parties Court a Booming Vote Bloc: Asian Americans

Unlike the Asian American communities in California and New York, which took root more than a century ago, Nevada’s is relatively new to the state. Many Asian Americans have moved to Nevada in recent years from California, seeking a lower cost of living and plentiful jobs in health care and hospitality. Others are businesspeople or...
By Amy Qin |

Battle over House seat in California is a wake-up call about the importance of Asian American voters

"I see this race as a kind of wake-up call that the API community is vast and important," Joe said. "Asian Americans are the fastest growing racial demographic in this country, and they do vote. Georgia showed us in 2020 how critical these voters can be in swinging things. And we're seeing that again today."...
By Brandon Tensley, CNN |

Battle over House seat in California is a wake-up call about the importance of Asian American voters

"I see this race as a kind of wake-up call that the API community is vast and important," Joe said. "Asian Americans are the fastest growing racial demographic in this country, and they do vote. Georgia showed us in 2020 how critical these voters can be in swinging things. And we're seeing that again today."...
By Brandon Tensley, CNN |
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Event Summary-IE Health Data Summit

Riverside, CA - the IE Data Summit on Health and Well-Being, hosted in partnership with CSI-UCR and IE RISE, took place Wednesday, November 2, 2022 via Zoom. This was the second IE Data Summit, which is now taking place as a quarterly event with rotating topics. This IE Data Summit focused on health and well-being...

In some tight House races, Asian-American voters could determine the winner

I'm Ailsa Chang in Culver City, Calif., which is a state that's usually pretty predictable during election season - but this year, there are several competitive House races happening in Orange County, which has been a Republican stronghold for nearly a century, but has veered left in recent decades. One force behind that shift is...