As the 2016 presidential election heats up, the two remaining campaigns for the Democratic nomination are competing in the margins. The proportionally significant Asian Pacific American communities in Washington state, California, New Jersey and New York — states with still upcoming primaries and caucuses — will probably have some influence in the Democratic nomination race.
Hillary Clinton has already established strong organizational support in the Asian Pacific American community. Bernie Sanders is only starting to connect with his message of long-standing civil rights and economic justice advocacy.
- UPDATE 3.24.2016: [NBC News] Clinton Campaign Names New Asian American and Pacific Islander Outreach Director: “[Jason] Tengco, who served as deputy director of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, replaces Lisa Changadveja, who left the role last week to take on a position with the Democratic Party in Colorado… Tengco, whose parents are from the Philippines, served as the initiative’s liaison in the White House Office of Public Engagement and managed the first-ever White House Summit on AAPIs. “ Read more
- [NBC News] Clinton Campaign Announces Formation of AAPI Leadership Council: “Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are the fastest growing racial demographic in the country, yet have too often been denied a seat at the table,” Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA), who serves as chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, said in a statement following the AAPI for Hillary launch.” Read more
- [Huffington Post] Hillary Clinton’s Asian American Outreach Director Leaving Campaign: “The departure of Lisa Changadveja comes ahead of Democratic nominating contests in states with the highest proportion of Asian American voters, like Washington later this month and California in June.” Read more
- [NBC News] National Asian American and Pacific Islander PAC Endorses Clinton for President: “CAPA21 is the first major AAPI political action committee to make an endorsement in the 2016 presidential race” Read more
- [NBC News] Bernie Sanders Holds Meeting with Asian-American Leaders to Talk Issues: “Hillary Clinton has enjoyed a lot of support from the AAPI community and has enjoyed exposure to the country in ways Bernie Sanders has never had,” [Ricky] Ly said. “But the more people learn about Bernie Sanders and what he stands for, his ideas for America where we are in it together – they grow strong in their support for him.” Read more
- [Bernie Sanders 2016] Sanders Meets with Asian American and Pacific Islander Community Leaders in Chicago: “Our communities have often been the difference between winning and losing. The margin of victory makes a difference,” said Rep. Gabbard.” Read more
Photo: The White House by Ador Pereda Yano