NCAPA Weekly Roundup | Nov. 23 - Dec. 1, 2016

The latest AAPI news from NCAPA and its coalition members.


NCAPA celebrates passage of Congressional Gold Medal for Filipino World War II veterans: NCAPA celebrated the passage of the Filipino Veterans of World War II Congressional Gold Medal Act. The bill recognizes the more than 250,000 Filipino and Filipino American men and women who served the United States during World War II, and is now headed to President Obama for his signature.

NCAPA members participate in #GivingTuesday: As organizations focus on year-end giving, many NCAPA members participated in this week’s annual Giving Tuesday, and Southeast Asia Resource Action Center’s (SEARAC) Mari Quenemoen held a birthday fundraiser to support Southeast Asian American refugee communities. The full list of NCAPA members participating in #GivingTuesday this year is available on the NCAPA website as you consider your holiday giving.

Adoptee Citizenship Act week of action: The National Korean American Service & Education Consortium (NAKASEC), an NCAPA member, and the Adoptee Rights Campaign (ARC) are participating in a week of action for the Adoptee Citizenship Act, which would grant U.S. citizenship to adoptees regardless of when they were adopted. Today, NAKASEC and ARC will deliver 35,000 signed postcards expressing support from constituents, representing the 35,000 adoptees without citizenship who are at risk of deportation.

NAPAWF announces interim director: Sung Yeon Choimorrow will serve as the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum interim director beginning Jan. 1, 2017. Learn more about her and NAPAWF’s director search.

NCAPA in the News

NCAPA is featured in a post about the passage of the Filipino Veterans of World War II Congressional Gold Medal Act, (ABS-CBN)

SEARAC’s Lundy Khoy wrote an op-ed as a message to President-elect Trump sharing her story about how she’s paid for her mistakes, but could still risk deportation. (The New York Times)

Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum’s Kathy Ko Chin and Ben D’Avanzo wrote about how a Trump presidency could have a negative impact on the health of our communities. (The Huffington Post)

NCAPA members SAALT, NQAPIA, and SALDEF are highlighted among AAPI groups to support this #GivingTuesday.(Frances Kai-Hwa Wang, NBC Asian America)

Reappropriate made a top five list of AAPI groups to support and her list includes NCAPA members NAPAWF, SEARAC and SAALT. (Jenn Fang, Reappropriate)

Take Action!

Support those at Standing Rock with a monetary or supply donation.

Join Wish for the Holidays to collect letters expressing children’s wishes of love and unity with immigrant and Muslim families. (We Belong Together)

Share: Know your rights if you are stopped by immigration or the police. (National Immigration Law Center)

Contribute to the tracking of hate crimes and view their databases:

From National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance: Sign the petition to #StopProfilingUs:

From National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum: Sign this petition to demand our leaders to strongly denounce the recent violence against POC, women, & LGBTQ folks:

In Case You Missed It

Norman Y. Mineta, transportation secretary under President George W. Bush, and his family were imprisoned in World War II Japanese internment camps. Mineta wrote about how bigotry put Japanese Americans there, and that fear does not make our country any safer. (Time)

Rep. Mark Takano’s recent opinion piece emphasizes how unforgivable Japanese American incarceration was and how it is a lesson our country must never repeat. (NBC Asian America)

An Asian American actor recounts experiences of always being in the background of other people’s stories. (Mariana Leung, Vox)

In an interview, historian Ellen Wu talks about her book “The Color of Success,” and how the model minority stereotype is tangled in geopolitics, the Cold War and the civil rights movement. (Jeff Guo, The Washington Post)

Michael Tow created a mannequin challenge video highlighting Asian American representation issues throughout 2016. (Watch on YouTube)


Thursday, Dec. 1 @ 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.: NAKASEC and Adoptee Rights Campaign - Adoptee Citizenship Act Day of Action Briefing, House Judiciary Committee Library in Rayburn House Office Building (50 Independence SW, Washington, D.C. 20024)

Thursday, Dec. 1 @ 5:30 - 8:00 p.m.: “Be About It” Screening - Breaking the Silence on Hepatitis B. Room B369, Rayburn House Office Building. RSVP to Heather Skrabak at hskrabak [AT]

Saturday, Dec. 3: APIAHF 30th Anniversary Celebration. Oakland, Calif.

Tuesday, Dec. 6 @ 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. ET: Progressive Big Tent Briefing. Learn about the first weapons the next Congress will use to gut our work - budget reconciliation and the Congressional Review Act. AFL-CIO. RSVP by Dec. 5 at 10 a.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 7 @ 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.: Fast Forward 2060: Highlighting Legacy and Action in the AAPI Community. Pop-up exhibit and event, Impact Hub, D.C.

Wednesday, Dec. 7: APIAVote Taste of Democracy Reception. Jones Day, D.C.

Dec. 11 - 13: National Immigrant Integration Conference. Nashville.

  • Speakers include NAKASEC Executive Director DJ Yoon

Tuesday, Dec. 13 @ 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.: #LisaLove Reception to honor Lisa Hasegawa's 15 years at National CAPACD. DC.

Tuesday, Dec. 13: “Allegiance” in movie theaters nationwide. Find a location.

Wednesday, Dec. 14: APAICS Holiday Party. National Association of Broadcasters, D.C.

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