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APAICS Newsletter (January)

2012 24 Jan APAICS Newsletter (January)

Yielding the floor: Asian Pacific Americans in Congress Series

The Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS) is honored to be in association with the United States Historical Society (USCHS) and the Library of Congress in presenting the Yielding the Floor: Asian Pacific Americans in Congress Series. This series captures the history of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Members of Congress and serves as an archive of their significant achievements, committed leadership, and personal stories of public service. These first-hand accounts are an invaluable resource for all individuals to learn about the contributions of AAPIs in shaping America’s political and cultural landscape.

The series brings to light the unique challenges and accomplishments of AAPI Members of Congress. Secy. Norman Y. Mineta, a highly respected AAPI elected official who devoted his life and career to public service recounts his time as U.S. Representative of California as well as his pivotal role as Secretary of Transportation during the nation’s response to terrorist attacks on September 11, 2011. The series also captures Senator Daniel K. Inouye’s historic contributions serving in the military during WWII and Senator Daniel K. Akaka’s leadership in gaining federal recognition for Native Hawaiians, among other accomplishments. Also, Eni F. Faleomavaega talks about his experiences as the congressional delegate of American Samoa, and in particular, the importance of family and the significance of his tattoo in the Samoan culture.

The AAPI community has made significant progress in building its political presence.

In the 112th, there was a record high of 13 AAPI Members of Congress. The Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC), a non-partisan and bi-cameral caucus of Members of Congress of AAPI descent or Members dedicated to promoting the needs of the AAPI community continues to establish an influential presence on Capitol Hill since its inception in 1994. CAPAC was founded and chaired by Secretary Mineta and is now chaired by Rep. Judy Chu (CA-32).

This Yielding the Floor series allows AAPI Members of Congress to recount their historic experiences through oral history, similar to the manner that many of our ancestors passed along their rich traditions and cultural practices for centuries past.

For more information on the series, view this clip with MSNBC’s News Anchor Richard Lui here: http://bit.ly/YTFAPACongress.

APAICS hosts Mayors Reception in Washington, D.C. with featured guest Mayor Ed Lee

On January 18, 2012, AAPI legendary lawmakers like APAICS founder, Secy. Norman Mineta, Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) Chair U.S. Rep. Judy Chu (CA-32), and U.S. Rep. Mike Honda (CA-15) gathered for the APAICS Mayors Reception in Washington, D.C. at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) to recognize AAPI mayors and featured guest, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee.

Irvine Mayor Sukhee Kang and Fremont Mayor Pro Tem Anu Natarajan were in attendance along with two APAICS Leadership Academy alumni, namely Oakland Mayor Jean Quan, and West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon, also attended the reception to celebrate the political feat of the AAPI community.

At the APAICS Mayors Reception, supporters of the AAPI community were able to meet with AAPI lawmakers and fellow leaders. Mayor Ed Lee, shared personal stories of his path to public service and what it means to be the first elected AAPI mayor of San Francisco. Mayor Lee noted his dedication to a career in public service is grounded in life experiences like his family’s contributions in building the railroads across America.

For more pictures of the APAICS Mayor Reception, click this link: http://t.co/TCcClDx4.

Now accepting applications for 2012 – 2013 fellowship programs

APAICS Fellowship Program

The Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS) currently is accepting applicants for its 2012 – 2013 fellowship in Washington, D.C.
APAICS is a non-partisan, non-profit educational organization dedicated to promoting Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) participation and representation at all levels of the political process, from community service to elected office. The APAICS Fellowship Program offers full-time legislative and public policy fellowships in Washington, D.C.

Since 1997, the APAICS Fellowship Program aims to build leadership skills, encourage political civic engagement, and foster a strong interest in public service careers.

For more information and to apply for the APAICS 2012-2013 Fellowship Program, follow this link: http://bit.ly/APAICS2012Fellowship.

For questions regarding the fellowship, contact APAICS Program Director at fellowship@apaics.org or (202) 296-9200.

AREAA Housing Fellowship Program

The Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS) and the Asian Real Estate Association of America (AREAA) is currently accepting applications for a housing fellowship program, which they have jointly created to provide fellows with the unique professional and educational experience of serving as full-time staff in the U.S. Congress. The fellowship was established to develop a pipeline of leaders who are dedicated to addressing the diverse housing and community development needs of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities.
APAICS thanks AREAA for supporting this housing fellowship.

Founded in 2003, the Asian Real Estate Association of America (AREAA) is a nonprofit professional trade organization dedicated to promoting sustainable homeownership opportunities in Asian American communities by creating a powerful national voice for housing and real estate professionals that serve this dynamic market.

The application and details are available online at http://bit.ly/AREAAFellowship; the deadline is March 1, 2012.

For more information regarding the fellowship, contact APAICS Program Director at AREAAFellowship@apaics.org or (202) 296-9200.

APAICS Alumni spotlight: Gregg Orton promoted to Legislative Director for U.S. Rep. Al Green

Gregg Orton (NAR Fellow, 2008) currently serves as Legislative Director for Congressman Al Green (TX-09). He is responsible for working with his legislative staff and overseeing the Congressman’s legislative agenda. Congressman Green is an active member on the House Committee on Financial Services, where he is involved in deliberations ranging from Dodd-Frank implementation to housing finance reform. Congressman Green also serves as the Housing Taskforce Chair for the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC), where he helps shape the Caucus’s work on housing issues.

Gregg joined Congressman Green’s office in 2008 as the APAICS National Association of Realtors (NAR) Fellow. Working with the Congressman’s legislative staff, Gregg worked closely on low-income housing issues. Upon completion of his fellowship, Gregg accepted a position as a Legislative Assistant in Congressman Green’s office.

Gregg also serves as the House Vice-President of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Staff Association (CAPASA). CAPASA is a nonpartisan, non-profit staff association aimed at building a pipeline on the Hill for AAPI staffers through professional development and mentoring.

“I’m truly grateful for the opportunity and experience APAICS provided me through the fellowship program. I am proud to be a part of an organization that is building an AAPI pipeline in American politics here in the nation’s capitol.”