NCAPA Weekly Roundup | Oct. 11 - 18, 2016

Read on for the latest NCAPA and AAPI news.


NCAPA holds press call on 2016 Policy Platform: Representative Judy Chu (CA-27) and Executive Director of APIAVote Christine Chen joined NCAPA National Director Christopher Kang on our teleconference about the 2016 Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Policy Platform.Listen to the recording.

SEARAC launches report on Prosecutorial Discretion in the Southeast Asian American Community: The Southeast Asian American (SEAA) community has been impacted by automatic, mandatory criminal deportation policies that stem from the community’s unique struggles as refugees. A new report from the Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC) presents findings from interviews with ICE field offices in Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and Seattle around the agency's "prosecutorial discretion" policies. The webinar briefing will be held on Oct. 26.

NAPAWF and NQAPIA release voter guides: The National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF) released their first AAPI women’s voter guide, which will soon also be available in Chinese, Korean and Hmong. The National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA) also created a voter guide that shows the views of presidential candidates on LGBTQ equality, racial justice and immigrants’ rights. Their guide is available in Chinese, Hindi, Korean and Vietnamese.

Network of nonprofits launches campaign against housing discrimination: The National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development (National CAPACD) was among groups to launch a National Fair Housing Media Campaign to engage and inform communities at risk of housing discrimination about their rights. The campaign will target ten local markets, which include Houston, TX; Washington, DC; and St. Paul, MN.

NCAPA joins Sikh Coalition letter in response to California hate crime: NCAPA, as well as members SALDEF, NAPABA and SAALT, joined a Sikh Coalition letter calling for a hate crime filing in the case of Mr. Maan Singh Khalsa, a Sikh American man who was assaulted and had his turban brutally knocked off. The Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office responded by filing assault and hate crimes charges.

CAAM highlights Filipino American stories: For Filipino American History Month, the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) shares a special selection of StoryCorps recordings, photos, videos and highlights from their Memories to Light project about the Filipino American experience.

 NCAPA in the News

Leaders within the Asian American Psychological Association (AAPA), including its president Kevin Nadal, wrote an open letter to the New York Times about the erasure of non-East Asian American experiences from the publication's video about racism Asian Americans face.

The New York Daily News covered the growing demand from The Sikh Coalition and civil rights groups, including NCAPA, to file hate crime charges following the assault of Mr. Maan Singh Khalsa.

 Take Action!

From APIAHF: Tell the Office of Management and Budget why detailed data about specific Asian, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander groups is important to you and your community.

#ActToChange: On the one year anniversary of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI) campaign to end bullying, pledge your support to prevent bullying.

#StepitUpUSA: Join APIAHF’s team in U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy’s Step it Up challenge to get America moving.

From Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC): Minnesotans: Take action to stop Ched Nin's deportation

More volunteers are needed for the Asian American Exit Poll and Poll and Polling Monitoring Project. Sign up here with AALDEF and NCAPA.

Register to vote and encourage others to register at

 In Case You Missed It

The Wall Street Journal highlighted the Department of Labor’s newest report on Asian Americans in the labor market, which debunks the myth that all Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are faring well economically.

CBS announced a diversity casting initiative, where actors can submit self-taped monologues to for a chance to be seen by network casting executives. Submissions are being accepted through Oct. 28.

Moh Sharma, who leads the Congressional Asian Pacific American Staff Association and is a former APAICS fellow, was featured in Roll Call about her efforts to increase staff diversity on the Hill.

KPCC interviewed the leaders behind the series of #IAmAsianAmerican concerts over the weekend to get Asian American millennials to the polls.



Tuesday, Oct. 18 @ 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.: NQAPIA LGBT Asian American/South Asian Professionals Networking Reception in Corporate, Finance and Law. New York.

Wednesday, Oct. 19 @ 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.: APAICS Fundraiser. Mission Dupont.

Thursday, Oct. 20: APIASF Scholar Benefit. New York.

Friday, Oct. 21 @ 2:00 p.m. ET: NAPAWF's 100 Day Presidential Agenda Webinar

Tuesday, Oct. 25 @ 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.:  NQAPIA LGBT Asian American/South Asian Professionals Networking Reception in Corporate, Finance and Law.  DC.

Wednesday, Oct. 26 @ 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. ET: SEARAC Webinar - Automatic Injustice: A Report on Prosecutorial Discretion in the Southeast Asian American Community

Wednesday, Oct. 26 @ 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.: Who is American? DC Preview of PBS' "The Chinese Exclusion Act.” With NCAPA and CAAM at Verizon’s New Tech and Policy Center. RSVP by Oct. 25. Space is limited.

Thursday, Oct. 27 @ 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.:  NQAPIA LGBT Asian American/South Asian Professionals Networking Reception in Corporate, Finance and Law. San Francisco.

Thursday, Nov. 3 - Saturday, Nov. 6: NAPABA Convention in San Diego

Friday, Nov. 4: OCA LeadHERShip Regional Summit. DC. Co-hosted by Center for Asian Pacific American Women. Register/Apply by Oct. 21.


 Job and Internship Openings

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External (including Hill) opportunities:

Latest: Advancing Justice | AAJC Post-Graduate Policy and Litigation Fellow


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