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From the Margins to Margin of Victory: The Growing Power of AAPIs


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From the Margins to Margin of Victory: The Growing Power of AAPIs

Celebrating Global Asian & Pacific Islander Identities

Featuring over 20 million members, the AAPI community is among the fastest growing ethnic groups in the United States with the power to affect real social change in elections. We are excited to chat with Christine Chen, Executive Director of APIAVote to discuss this organization’s important mission. Since 1996, APIAVote has been at the forefront of a rising movement to ensure AAPIs are represented and heard, leading to historic voter turnout and advancing equity for AAPI communities. In this conversation, Christine will discuss the landscape of the AAPI electorate, the importance of civic engagement for our communities, and the road ahead looking towards 2024.

Christine Chen

Bridget Finkeldey

Christine Chen is a co-Founder and Executive Director of Asian Pacific Islander American Vote (APIAVote), one of the most trusted national, nonpartisan organizations. APIAVote’s mission is to work with local and state community based organizations (CBOs) to mobilize Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities in electoral and civic engagement. Since 2007, APIAVote has been building power in AAPI communities by investing in their capacity and infrastructure to mobilize voters. This investment, as well as, proactively training and resourcing community leaders across the country, paid off in the 2020 election cycle and Census. Under Chen’s leadership, APIAVote strengthened and expanded APIAVote’s partners into 28 states and made two historical milestones; attracted, then candidate Joe Biden to speak directly to the AAPI electorate, a first in history for a Presidential nominee, and second, contributed to the groundwork that led to the highest AAPI voter turnout in history.

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