2021 Congressional Celebration

Civic Leadership USA (CLUSA) invites you to the 2021 Congressional Celebration that will be hosted by one of our partners, Asian Pacific Islander American Vote (APIAVote), upcoming Tuesday, June 29th.
Please RSVP today for the 2021 Congressional Celebration featuring Asian American & Pacific Islander members of Congress: https://apia.vote/cong-celebration-21.
Every year, Asian Pacific Islander American Vote (APIAVote) brings together #AAPI interns to hear from the leadership of #AAPI members of the U.S. Congress. Join this virtual free virtual event to hear their stories and get inspiration on how you can also develop a life as a public servant.

Thank you to Comcast for serving as our sponsor every year.
Co-hosted by: Asian & Pacific Islander American Vote, Washington Leadership Program, OCA -APA Advocates, Council of Korean Americans, APIs Mobilize, National Council of Asian Pacific Americans, Sikh American Legal Defense & Education Fund, Asian Pacific Islander Americans in Public Affairs, Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Affairs, Civil Leadership USA, & Conference on Asian Pacific American Advocates.

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Preparing for the 2020 Presidential Primaries  & General Election

Congressmen Ted Lieu, Judy Chu, and Grace Meng each gave a speech regarding their thoughts on the upcoming election at the 2018 Asian American Leadership Summit on September 6th. Ted Lieu believes that voting in the upcoming elections is important because it would bring back the core value systems that were previously held. Congresswoman Judy Chu added that voting gives the government a better idea of the public’s opinion. Thus, in order to create changes on a government level, everyone’s vote matters.
Prior to the Congressmen presenting their thoughts, panelists for the discussion involving increasing voter registration represented organizations from around the United States. Methods currently in use include first time voters being able to physically go to a registration office, which is one of the benefits for college students who don’t live at home, as well as utilizing that same demographic to bring in more people to vote.
                                     
Congresswoman Grace Meng                                                                        Congressman Ted Lieu
                                       
Congresswoman Judy Chu                                                                               CLUSA founder and chairman Sandy Chau
                                       
APIAVote Executive Director Christine Chen                                                    Ding Ding TV, Congresswoman Judy Chu, and Executive                                                                                                                             Board members of CLUSA
 On September 6th, 2018, Silicon Valley Innovation Channel Ding Ding TV covered the Asian USA 2018: Asian American & Pacific Islander Leadership Summit in Washington D.C. This event was hosted by Civic Leadership USA (CLUSA) in partnership with Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote (APIAVote).
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Asian USA 2018 Leadership Summit in Washington DC

There is an African proverb that goes “If you want to go fast, fly alone. If you want to go far, fly together.” CLUSA founder and chairman, Mr. Sandy Chau, referenced this quote during his opening speech at this year’s Asian USA 2018: Asian American & Pacific Islander Leadership Summit in Washington D.C. With 6% of American being Asians, he emphasized the importance of being able to unite the Asian communities around the US in order to create a bigger impact. If one Asian community is one bird, then many birds flying far would be the equivalent of multiple Asian communities uniting for a common purpose. ” Asians have a lot of contributions to this country but haven’t gotten recognition. Many Asian people work so hard but haven’t gotten equal opportunities. That’s why we should work together and make some changes.”
Following Mr. Chau with her own opening speech was the CEO, Sue Van, from Wallace H. Coulter Foundation. She also emphasized the importance of representation, especially in office. Over the last few elections, there has been an increasing in the number of AAPI in public office, specifically the House of Representatives and the Senate. By increasing the level of civic engagement within communities, more AAPI will be inclined to run for office and not only add to the current number of AAPI in office, but will maintain that representation when the current members step down from offices.
When people hear the term DNA, they tend to think of the genetic term. To Karthick Ramakrishnan, professor of public policy and political science at UC Riverside as well as the founder of AAPIData, DNA refers to Data (and technology), Narrative, and Action (ex. advocacy and civic engagement). To be successful in anything, one needs to apply all three into their plan to be successful.
 On September 6th, 2018, Silicon Valley Innovation Channel Ding Ding TV covered the Asian USA 2018: Asian American & Pacific Islander Leadership Summit in Washington D.C. This event was hosted by Civic Leadership USA (CLUSA) in partnership with Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote (APIAVote).