AAPIs and the 2020 Census

The Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) members Rep. Judy Chu and Rep. Grace Meng, as well as other prominent AAPI voices participated in a webinar on May 13, 2020, hosted by APAICS, to discuss the Census 2020 and its impact on Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities.

This webinar focused on the importance of the AAPI community’s engagement in Census 2020, the importance of being counted, and the challenges faced in doing so. Panelists in the webinar highlighted the work that is being done by national organizations and other stakeholders to mobilize our communities.

“Asian Pacific American Heritage Month is all about celebrating our contributions, our history and our future in this country, and so I’m particularly happy that APAICS decided to celebrate the 2020 Census this month because this is such an important topic for our community. There’s so much at stake that will shape the lives of millions of AAPIs over the next decade,” said Congresswoman Judy Chu, Chair of CAPAC.

Organizational Census Resources

Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC

APIAVote (in AAPI languages)

Comcast NBCUniversal and Telemundo Announce Comprehensive Campaign to Support the 2020 Census

EPIC (NHPI resources)

APALA

Multilingual Census Hotline (AAJC & APIAVote): 844-2020-API (844-2020-276)

Participants

Rep. Judy Chu was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in July 2009. She represents the 27th Congressional District, which includes Pasadena and the west San Gabriel Valley of southern California. She is also the Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC). Rep. Chu currently serves on the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, which has jurisdiction over legislation pertaining to taxes, revenues, Social Security, and Medicare. In that Committee, Rep. Chu is a member of the Subcommittees on Health, giving her oversight over healthcare reform and crucial safety net programs, Worker and Family Support, and Oversight. She also serves on the House Small Business Committee, which has oversight of the Small Business Administration, and is the Chair of the Subcommittee on Investigations, Oversight and Regulations.

Rep. Grace Meng represents the Sixth Congressional District of New York encompassing the New York City borough of Queens. Congresswoman Meng is the first and only Asian American Member of Congress from New York State and is the Vice Chair of CAPAC. She is a member of the powerful House Appropriations Committee and its Subcommittees on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies; Homeland Security; and State and Foreign Operations. She also serves on the House Ethics Committee.

Mariko S. Carpenter is the Vice President of Strategic Community Alliances at Nielsen, the world’s largest consumer research company. Mariko serves as a thought leader on U.S. multicultural consumer insights with focus on Asian Americans – the fastest-growing consumer segment in the U.S. Mariko most recently received the 2018 Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business Awards by Asian American Business Development Center and serves on the Board of the National Asian American Chamber of Commerce and Entrepreneurship.

Christine Chen is the founding executive director from 2006-2008 returned to APIAVote in January 2011 to serve as its current Executive Director. During her tenure she had strengthened and expanded APIAVote’s partners into 28 states. APIAVote’s research and polling of Asian American voters and their regional trainings and field programs have strengthened the local grassroots programs in reaching and mobilizing Asian American and Pacific Islander voters.

Tavae Samuelu is the daughter of a pastor from Leulumoega and a nurse from Saleimoa in Upolu, Sāmoa. As the Executive Director of Empowering Pacific Islander Communities (EPIC), she’s a passionate advocate for Native Hawaiians & Pacific Islanders and is committed to liberation for all. Tavae was born and raised in Long Beach and moved to the Bay to attend UC Berkeley where she majored in Ethnic Studies. Before joining EPIC, she served as the Development Director for the RYSE Youth Center in Richmond and has since become a member of RYSE’s Board of Directors.

Linda Shim is an Executive Director of External Affairs at Comcast NBCUniversal in Washington, D.C. Linda works to advance Comcast’s partnerships with external stakeholders including advocacy organizations, public policy groups, and political organizations. She has over a decade of experience on Capitol Hill and in government. Linda most recently served as Chief of Staff to Congresswoman Judy Chu (CA-27) in which she was a senior adviser to the Congresswoman on legislative and political matters.

John C. Yang is the president and executive director of Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC in Washington, D.C. where he leads the organization’s efforts to fight for civil rights and empower Asian Americans to create a more just America for all through public policy advocacy, education, and litigation. His extensive legal background enables Advancing Justice | AAJC to address systemic policies, programs, and legislative attempts to discriminate against and marginalize Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and other minority communities.

Gregg Orton (MODERATOR) is the National Director of the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA) where he leads the coalition in developing policy and communications strategy and advancing a joint agenda to address the needs of the Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) communities. Gregg joins NCAPA after spending nine years working on Capitol Hill for Rep. Al Green (D-TX). He has served as a dedicated advocate for the AAPI community, as well as a mentor for many AAPI staffers in Congress.

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