APIAVote in the News
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Misinformation and disinformation are one of the great challenges facing Asian American and Pacific Islander communities today. They are making our communities less safe, weakening our trust in the election systems, and tearing some families apart. (Op-Ed)
In this episode we focus on the challenges of political engagement for the API community, including language proficiency and general apathy. The use of data revealed the significant and unquestionable progress recently made addressing those problems. APIAVote conducting their American voter survey every two years is a huge and essential tool for existing API candidates. Our guest for this episode is Raymond Partolan, National Field Director of APIAVote is also a Grammy Award jazz musician.
The Dallas Morning News
“That’s an issue of accessibility,” said Raymond Partolan, national field director for APIA Vote, a group that works to increase civic participation among Asian and Pacific Islander groups. “It’s always a challenge to work with limited English proficiency groups, but it’s an important challenge.”
East Wind Ezine
Interview with Christine Chen, Executive Director of APIAVote, on how the organization is mobilizing against voter suppression.
MSNBC’s The Cross Connection
Christine Chen is interviewed on MSNBC’s The Cross Connection about the rising political power of the AAPI electorate
“As a Filipino American, I am absolutely appalled at the recent uptick in violence against Filipino Americans in San Diego,” Raymond Partolan, APIAVote’s National Field Director said in a statement. “We cannot tolerate these attacks. We will fight tooth and nail to ensure that the Filipino American community and all Asian American and Pacific Islander communities feel safe and secure in their homes, neighborhoods, towns, and cities.”
Raymond Partolan, the national field director of APIAVote, a nonpartisan organization dedicated to promoting civic engagement across AAPI communities, spoke of the intensity he witnessed at rallies after the deadly shooting.
More Asian Americans participate in the political process when they see candidates that have similar ethnic and racial backgrounds, said Raymond Partolan, national field director for APIA Vote, an Asian-American and Pacific Islander voter organizing group. “That’s a catalyst for voter turnout,” he said. “We also see more people who are simply willing to volunteer on campaigns — even nonpartisan civic engagement participation happening in other areas: Volunteering, donating.”
South China Morning Post
Asian-Americans generally tend to identify as independents and form opinions on a candidate-by-candidate basis rather than for an entire party relative to other communities, which could explain why voters were more readily willing to name Trump than the party at large, said Christine Chen, executive director of APIAVote, a non-partisan group focused on engaging AAPI voters that presents data to campaigns from both parties.
“This is new ground for political parties and candidates to lean into,” said Christine Chen, executive director of the nonprofit APIAVote. “We saw such a large growth of the AAPI electorate in 2020 — it’s really going to be the next two elections that decide whether or not these voters become part of the base.”
Christine Chen is interviewed on MSNBC’s The Cross Connection about growing racial diversity in the US
Christine Chen, executive director for Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote (APIAVote), was among the dozen leaders present at the meeting, and she said that the administration affirmed its support for two voting rights measures, the For the People Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancements Act.
Today, the President and Vice President met with 13 Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AA & NHPI) leaders representing the rich diversity of the AA & NHPI communities to discuss a wide range of issues, including the Administration’s Build Back Better Agenda.
Christine Chen is the co-founder and executive director of APIAVote, a nonpartisan organization that works to increase civic engagement and political participation among AAPIs. She says that it is critical for AAPIs to participate in local politics because local elected officials are the public servants closest to their communities. She points out that local decision makers govern matters that impact their communities’ daily lives, such as road closures and schools. An added benefit, she believes, is that community members are more likely to bump into local elected officials on the street than they are to encounter any other politicians.
“People are starting to understand that the next step to directing your energy against anti-Asian hate is to vote and talk to elected officials,” Christine Chen, executive director of the national civic engagement organization APIAVote, told NBC Asian America. “They’re the ones who are going to resource mental health capabilities. They’re the ones who can help incorporate Asian American history into the K-12 curriculum.”
“People are starting to understand that the next step to directing your energy against anti-Asian hate is to vote and talk to elected officials,” Christine Chen, executive director of the national civic engagement organization APIAVote, told NBC News. “They’re the ones who are going to resource mental health capabilities. They’re the ones who can help incorporate Asian American history into the K-12 curriculum.”
Christine Chen, executive director of the nonpartisan civic organization Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote, or APIAVote, said it is significant that in a year without a presidential or midterm election to galvanize voters, three Asian Americans are on the mayoral ballot and considered competitive. Chen said Quan and Lee, among others, were barrier-breakers who showed that Asian Americans can lead, particularly in a big city. She also noted there have been efforts by community groups to engage this fast-growing voting bloc, create a pipeline of young Asian activists and get them into office.
According to Christine Chen, executive director of the nonpartisan civic organization Asian Pacific Islander American Vote (APIAVote), 2020 saw a historic surge in AAPI voter turnout. It increased by 10 percentage points — the highest of any racial or ethnic group. Chen says APIAVote, which focuses on increasing Asian American civic participation, was surprised by the “tremendous numbers” of AAPI voters in the 2020 presidential election, whereas prior to November’s election, young AAPI voters had actually started to “reverse course.”
Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote (APIAVote) has joined other top community organizations in lauding the signing of the Covid-19 Hate Crimes Act into law by President Joe Biden. The president has consistently denounced the surge in racism against Asian Americans as “un-American.”
In the aftermath, Christine Chen, executive director of rights group APIAVote said that the law will combat undercounting of hate crimes against the Asian American community while also ensuring the infrastructure needed to report such crimes, their data collection and providing justice.
This bill will require the Department of Justice to expedite the review of COVID-19-related hate crimes, ensure online hate crimes and hate incident reporting are language accessible, expand public awareness campaigns designed to increase awareness and outreach to victims, disaggregate victims’ protected characteristics, and expand restorative justice practices and alternative sentencing, said Christine Chen, executive director of APIAVote.
“We need to continue to increase the number of AAPI’s who turn out to vote but we need to do more than vote, we need to generate great stories and heroes to vote for,” says Johnnie Giles, Board Chair for APIA Vote. “Great stories and heroes can supplant outdated stereotypes with new narratives.”
Good Morning America
Christine Chen is a behind-the-scenes adviser helping to lead the fight against acts of AAPI hate. When people are looking for a trusted leader who can reach and mobilize the AAPI community at the local and national level, they turn to Christine for guidance. She cuts across racial, ethnic, geographic and political lines. She works quietly, seeking no attention or credit. Chistine is national executive director of APIA Vote in Washington, D.C.
Voter turnout among Asian Americans hit an all-time high in the 2020 presidential election and recent events like the surge of anti-Asian attacks and state voter suppression efforts will keep voters motivated to participate, said Christine Chen, co-founder and executive director of the civic engagement group APIAVote.
MIT Technology Review
Christine Chen, executive director of APIAVote, a nonprofit that promotes civic engagement among Asian people and Pacific Islanders, says that political life has always been “exclusionary” for Asian people in the US, but “with digital spaces, it’s even more challenging. It’s so much easier to be siloed.”
Christine Chen on Gold House’s list of 100 Most Impactful Asians of the Year
“A lot of times there’s individuals that never thought about running for office,” said Christine Chen, the executive director of APIAVote. “Because they were demystifying this process or they were even getting hands on training and work in the nonpartisan space, that we’ve seen more and more actually feeling comfortable about stepping up and actually running for office,” she continued.
The Houston Chronicle
Quotes statement from Christine on AAPI voter turnout
AAPI voters have leaned more toward Democrats over time given the anti-immigration rhetoric that’s been promoted by the Republican Party. “Since 1996, when Gov. [Pete] Wilson enacted anti-immigration laws, that’s when we saw a shift of Asian American voters from Republicans to Democrats,” Christine Chen, executive director of APIAVote, previously told Vox. That year, California’s governor signed a statewide executive order that prevented undocumented immigrants from accessing publicly funded services like housing assistance, a move he had previously championed via a ballot initiative called Proposition 187.
“Traditionally, any time we’ve seen an Asian American candidate run, we typically see a lot larger numbers because suddenly you’re hearing more about their background, and the community is looking to identify with that candidate because of that similar background,” said Christine Chen, executive director of APIAVote, which works to increase AAPI civic engagement. “[With] our community especially experiencing what we experienced in 2020, with the rise of anti-Asian sentiment, we’re looking for someone that will not only see and hear us but also respect us.”
The Stanford Daily
A recent poll survey done by advocacy groups — AAPI Data, APIA Vote and Asian Americans Advancing Justice — in September 2020 found that Vietnamese voters were more likely than any other group of Asian Americans to vote for Trump.
The Non-Profit Quarterly
But the Georgia Project and Fair Fight Action are not the only Georgia nonprofits engaging new voters of color and young voters. Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote (APIAVote), a national nonpartisan organization, partners with state and local organizations to increase Asian American and Pacific Islander voter participation. In Georgia alone, this voting bloc has increased by 138 percent in the past 20 years and now constitutes 4.7 percent of state voters.
>Harris’ election also coincided with increased early voter turnout from the Asian American community, according to Christine Chen, executive director of APIAVote, a nonpartisan engagement group that works to increase civic engagement among Asian American and Pacific Islanders.
“The struggle has always been in the past that we’re never invited. We’re typically an afterthought,” Chen said. “I’m really hoping that with her being there that we’ll always be part of the folks that are also seen as part of the American fabric and part of the solution.”
Rose worked with APIAVote, a nonprofit organization that aims to increase civic engagement in the Asian American and Pacific Islander community. The organization’s messaging during the election cycle centered around guiding recipients through voter registration and ballot submission. Even though all messages were sent individually, she says the process was surprisingly efficient.
Asian Languages/English: 888-API-VOTE – APIAVote & Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAJC)
“Campaigns aren’t quite starting early enough. We’ve really only seen this uptick … [and] a lot more engagement in the last four to six weeks,” says Jennifer Baik, a communications and policy associate at APIAVote.
According to a survey by the Asian Americans Advancing Justice – AAJC, Asian and Pacific, Islander American Vote (APIAVote) and AAPI Data in September, Vietnamese Americans are the only Asian American group that prefers Donald Trump to Joe Biden in this presidential election.
APIA Vote director Christine Chen said while the uptick in new voters continues a trend of interest from the community in 2018, the pandemic has also shown a direct connection of politics to everyday life. “In the past, we’d always have to put a lot of time and energy in convincing voters in our community that elected officials can impact their lives,” she said. “Everyone’s tuning in every day to see, ‘What is the COVID rate? Can my kids go to school? Can we open up our small businesses?’ So they’re making the connection that decisions being made, whether it’s the federal level or local level, it impacts their lives.”
Voters with questions or problems can call: Arab American Institute (AAI) Asian Languages/English: 888-API-VOTE, APIAVote & Asian Americans AAJC
A survey released in mid-September found the Democrat with a 24 percent lead over Trump among Asian Americans, with 14 percent of the voters still undecided. The poll was conducted by AAPI Data, Asian Americans Advancing Justice and APIAVote.
Spectrum News 13 (FL)
She said her group also received participation from Christine Chen, executive director of Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote, or APIAVote, a national organization that boasts having played “a key role in elevating the Asian American and Pacific Islander electorate.”
The Straits Times
The survey was jointly conducted by APIAVote (Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote); AAPI Data, a publisher of demographic data and policy research on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders; and Asian Americans Advancing Justice.
For years, Branigin has engaged in voter outreach and voter education as a volunteer for APIAVote. APIAVote is a national non-partisan organization that promotes civic engagement of Asian and Pacific Islander Americans (APIAVote).
South China Morning Press
Christine provided background for article
NBC Asian America
Efforts like these can significantly lower mailing barriers and raise overall turnout from the AAPI electorate, said Christine Chen, executive director at the nonpartisan organization Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote.
“The survey shows that more than half of voters are reporting little or no contact from either major party,” Christine Chen, executive director of APIAVote, the group that sponsored the poll, said in a statement. “Asian Americans are the fastest-growing racial group in the country, and we’ve seen voters make an impact at the polls.”
Recorded Community experts panel: Christine Chen, APIAVote Executive Director
2020 Asian American Voter Survey (AAVS), conducted July through September 2020 by AAPI Data on behalf of AARP, APIAVote and Asian Americans Advancing Justice-AAJC, subsample of n=733 voters age 50-plus.
According to data from APIAVote, which mobilizes Asian American voters, the number of AAPI voters in Georgia grew by 43 percent between 2010 and 2016.
NBC Asian America
According to numbers compiled by APIA Vote and AAPI Data, there are nearly 172,000 eligible Asian American voters in North Carolina, representing about 3.5 percent of the electorate. The state’s total AAPI population came in at just over 363,000 — exploding by 154 percent since 2000. Indian Americans accounted for well over half of the AAPIs in North Carolina, followed by people of Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese and Japanese descent.
News India Times
Results from the 2020 Asian American Voter Survey (AAVS), conducted by AAPI Data on behalf of AARP, APIAVote and Asian Americans Advancing Justice-AAJC, show that 93% of Asian Americans 50-plus view health care as important heading into the election, making it the top most important issue.
Asian Languages/English: 888-API-VOTE – APIAVote & Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAJC)
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아시안 태평양계 미국인 투표(APIAVote) in AARP 50+ report
The survey findings were released Tuesday by the Asian Americans Advancing Justice – AAJC, Asian and Pacific, Islander American Vote (APIAVote) and AAPI Data.
NBC Asian America
“I view Pennsylvania as similar to what we saw in Virginia and Nevada, where, throughout the various election cycles, it seems like finally political parties and the candidates are recognizing that oh, wow, there’s actually a sizable Asian American electorate in my own back yard,” said Christine Chen, executive director of APIAVote. “When we first started, very few Asian organizations wanted to even do this work or even understood that they were allowed to do nonpartisan voter registration, voter education, get-out-the-vote activities,” Chen said. “It’s so exciting to see in 2020 not only do we have more organizations, but they’re also organizing themselves as a coalition and working together.”
According to APIAVote, an organization that studies Asian American and Pacific Islander voters, Texas has about 1.6 million people who identify as part of that demographic. About 795,600 of them are estimated to be eligible voters.
The guide will feature content from the NAACP, ACLU, When We All Vote, Voto Latino, More Than a Vote, Election Protection Hotline, APIAVote and many more. This section will focus on educating Snapchatters about key issues like voter suppression, voting options and making a plan to vote.
The Asian American Voter Survey of 1,569 Asian American registered voters was released on September 15. It was conducted by APIAVote, AAPI Data, and Asian Americans Advancing Justice/AAJC. AAPI Data is a nationally acknowledged source of demographic data and policy research on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI).
South China Morning Press
Snapchat will present a voter guide to provide information on voting options, featuring content from the NAACP, ACLU, Voto Latino, APIAVote and other civic organizations.
Los Angeles Times
Even in highly competitive swing states such as Wisconsin, where political news coverage is often dominated by the potential preferences of white voters, “there are Hmong farmers and voters out in the rural areas” whose votes could be critical, “especially if you’re looking at a win where every vote really does count,” said Christine Chen, executive director of APIAVote, a nonpartisan engagement group.
Houston Public Media
Christine Chen, executive director APIAVote, says the community could send upwards of 1 million voters to the polls in Texas this fall (radio interview)
That was more than triple the pace for all residents in each state, according to data compiled by AAPI Data and the nonpartisan advocacy group APIAVote
In a 2018 Asian American Voter Survey released by APIAVote and AAPI Data, 46% of total Asian Americans surveyed said they were not contacted by the Democratic Party, while 56% said they received no communication from the Republican Party.
NBC Asian America
Christine Chen, executive director of civic engagement nonprofit APIAVote, said that while the AAPI community isn’t a monolith, with a diversity of stances among different subgroups, the endorsements track with the demographic’s general shift toward the left in recent years.
Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden spoke at the APIAVote 2020 Presidential Town Hall June 27 afternoon, promising to immediately re-instate the H-1B program, which was temporarily suspended by the Trump administration last month, and clear the green card backlog once he takes office.
This past January, Calvo and Martir were sworn into the president’s Advisory Commission on AAPIs, which “works to broaden access by AAPI employers and communities to economic resources and opportunities.” Calvo — who was the governor of Guam from 2011 to 2019 — also served as a Trump surrogate during the APIAVote Presidential Town Hall on Saturday, June 27.
Both presidential campaigns spoke to leaders in the Asian American Pacific Islander community during the fourth APIAVote Town Hall event Saturday. Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are among the fastest growing groups of voters in the country.
The Guam Daily Post
The town hall is co-produced by the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) and is organized by APIA Vote, a nonpartisan voter mobilization organization, and is the keystone event of APIAVote’s annual National AAPI Leadership Summit. It is the fourth presidential town hall the group has hosted and provides a rare opportunity for candidates to speak directly to the AANHPI community about the issues that impact them.
The Newtown Bee
The town hall is coproduced by the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) and is organized by Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote (APIAVote), a nonpartisan voter mobilization organization, and is the keystone event of APIAVote’s annual National AAPI Leadership Summit.
The forum, hosted by APIAVote, will focus on policy issues and questions from the Asian American and Pacific Islander community. NBC Asian America will stream the town hall at 3 p.m. ET on its social media accounts. The forum video will also be embedded at the top of this article.
The town hall is organized by APIAVote (Asian and Pacific Islander Vote), a national nonpartisan group that works to advance AAPI interests and mobilize community participation in elections and civic affairs. It is hosted jointly with community organizations from across the country.
“This two-hour event will allow the candidates and campaigns to present their vision in how that addresses the concerns of Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander folks,” APIAVote Executive Director Christine Chen said in her remarks on Monday, June 22, kicking off a week-long virtual leadership summit with sessions highlighting how to engage AAPI communities.
The summit will be held via the video conferencing platform Zoom. You will need to RSVP separately for each session you plan to attend. You will be sent a link and other details after you RSVP at apia.vote/townhall2020. You can download Zoom here.
South Asian Current
In response to the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, Executive Director Christine Chen of Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote (APIAVote) issues the following statement:
“The timing is bad because we’ve seen with COVID-19 an increase in anti-Asian American sentiment, including hate crimes,” says Christine Chen, Executive Director of APIAVote, an Asian American civic organization. “When they’re [the Trump administration] putting these types of [anti-Beijing] ads out, people don’t really differentiate between the Chinese government and their actions and Chinese Americans.”
NBC Asian America
Christine Chen, executive director of APIAVote, said that these endorsements could prove effective for the Biden campaign, since “having endorsements from trusted AAPI leaders shows folks that this is also another level of civic engagement participation.”
The Asian American electorate is becoming an increasingly powerful demographic group. Pew Research revealed in a recent report that the number of Asian American eligible voters ballooned by 139 percent in the past 20 years, making them the fastest growing
The Sacramento Bee
“Asian Americans have swung elections before,” said Christine Chen, executive director of APIAVote, a nonpartisan organization that mobilizes AAPI civic participation.
NBC Asian America
Christine Chen, executive director of the civic engagement nonprofit APIAVote, said the group has amassed enough influence to have a profound impact in some races and, in some cases, swing districts.
“If candidates work to reach out to our communities — many of which have low English proficiency — and work to push issues they care about, we could definitely see an impact in November,” she told NBC Asian America.
Christine Chen, the executive director of APIAVote which aims to mobilize Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, told NBC the group can influence some races and swing districts. “If candidates work to reach out to our communities — many of which have low English proficiency — and work to push issues they care about, we could definitely see an impact in November,” Chen told NBC Asian America
INTERVIEW WITH CHRISTINE :CHRISTINE CHEN: The last six weeks, we’ve seen an increase of hate crimes, hate incidences, blaming of anyone that looks Asian or Chinese.
Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote executive director Christine Chen cautioned that while campaigns and politicians can criticize the Chinese government, “we have to be careful in terms of how we frame it and not imply that this is actually attached to a whole generation of people.”
Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote executive director Christine Chen cautioned campaigns not to rely on a “blame game” framework. “Scapegoating Asian Americans or Asian Immigrants for foreign issues could make an impact at the polls. We have seen that in the past,” she said. One example she pointed to was a 2012 Michigan Senate ad, in which the Republican candidate implied his Democrat opponent’s spending record resulted in China taking American jobs
But Christine Chen of the non-partisan APIAVote said that Asian American voters increasingly care more about the issues and less about racial affinity. “They’re going to really look at each of the candidates to actually see, do the candidates’ values line up with my values?” Chen said.
Racial and ethnic affinity can definitely help out Asian American candidates, said Christine Chen, who leads the national, non-partisan APIAVote, which promotes civic engagement among Asian Americans.
“There are those that still identify as like, ‘Oh, that person looks like me, so I’m going to vote for that person,'” Chen said. But Chen added that Asian Americans who are U.S.-born or have been in the country longer are “really going to look beyond race.”
“When Sen. Reid won his election, he recognized that Filipino workers were really key,” says Christine Chen, the executive director of APIAVote, a national advocacy group. In the years since, both national and regional groups have continued to organize AAPI voters in the state — with presidential campaigns beginning to catch up, too.
NBC Asian America
However Christine Chen, executive director of APIAVote, a nonpartisan civic engagement nonprofit, previously told NBC News that the donor population may not be perfectly reflective of the overall group’s voting population as the donor community tends to be less diverse.
NBC Asian America
But the Asian American donor population may not perfectly reflect the group’s voting population, said Christine Chen, executive director of APIAVote, a nonpartisan civic engagement nonprofit. She said the donor community tends to be less diverse than the overall Asian American and Pacific Islander group, or AAPI, with the lion’s share of donors traditionally made up of Chinese American and Indian American contributors.