June 22th, 2020 – June 27th, 2020

 TRACK 1: CALL TO ACTION

Meet Our Speakers: Christine Chen, Gregg Orton, & Rep. Judy Chu

National AAPI Leadership Summit Kick-off & Overview of the NCAPA’s 2020 Policy Platform 
Monday, June 22, 2020 @ 3:30 PM ET

The 2020 Policy Platform follows a tradition NCAPA began in 2004 to present a comprehensive set of policy recommendations related to the Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander community. Hear from NCAPA’s National Director and Members of Congress on the importance of this document in elevating the needs of the AA and NHPI community, and how this document will be used to advocate on behalf of these issues.

Equity for All: Civil Rights and the AA and NHPI Community
Monday, June 22, 2020 @ 5:00 PM ET

Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders often face bias and discrimination in the workplace, at the polls, in neighborhoods, in schools, and within the political process. While often being perceived as the “perpetual foreigner,” many AA and NHPIs are often also targeted for their actual or perceived race, national origin, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, or immigration status. Over recent years, hate crimes and hateful rhetoric against the AA and NHPI community has risen. Learn more about recommendations that will protect our civil rights.

AA and NHPI (In) Access to Healthcare
Monday, June 22, 2020 @ 7:00 PM ET

“Everyone should have access to resources and benefits that enable them to live healthy lives. Yet, Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders face persistent health disparities due to unequal access to quality health care services and a lack of understanding regarding communities’ unique health needs. Although AA and NHPIs experience many serious mental health problems, they have the lowest utilization rates for mental health care among all populations. Moreover, many community members are limited-English proficient and low-income and face further barriers in accessing health care. Learn what changes need to be made to help our community live healthy lives.

Making the Grade: Barriers to Education for the AA and NHPI Community 
Tuesday, June 23, 2020 @ 5:00 PM ET

Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander students and families face diverse educational challenges in K-12 and higher education. These include disparities in accessing high quality educational opportunities, and a lack of culturally competent and linguistically appropriate outreach. As the AA and NHPI community is the fastest growing racial and ethnic group in the U.S., it is important that AAs and NHPIs have the appropriate resources in schools to learn. Learn what needs to be done to ensure that our students have the access and resources needed to be successful. 

There’s No Business Like Slow Business: Business Resilience Solutions for Small Businesses 
Tuesday, June 23, 2020 @ 5:00 PM ET

National ACE will provide a summary of the AAPI policy recommendations and share upcoming programs in support of AAPI Small Businesses. The webinar will be moderated by Dr. Karen Eng, Chair of the Board of Directors at National ACE and feature Special Guests: Small Business Administration, Local Chambers, and Small Business Owners.

AA and NHPI Immigration Challenges 
Tuesday, June 23, 2020 @ 7:00 PM ET

Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander experiences are heavily shaped by U.S. immigration policy. Over half of all Asian Americans, and one in six Pacific Islanders are foreign-born. Many of us trace our immigrant roots over generations, while others came more recently as refugees, and others as part of the skilled workforce. The U.S.’ current immigration system is in desperate need of reform, and our community’s experiences must be considered when discussing solutions. Learn more about necessary reforms to revamp the U.S. immigration system and protect AA and NHPI migrants. 

Asian American Consumer Power at the Dawn of a New Decade 
Tuesday, June 23, 2020 @ 7:00 PM ET

Join Mariko Carpenter, Nielsen VP of Strategic Community Alliances, as she presents the 2020 Asian American Diverse Intelligence Series consumer report: Engaging Asian American Consumers at the Dawn of a New Decade. This year’s report highlights the latest findings of the $1.2 trillion Asian American market and new opportunities for you to engage this fast-growing segment.  Be part of the discussion as we figure out how these consumer trends can also provide insights on Asian American voters.

Home Sweet Home: Access to Housing for the AA and NHPI Community 
Wednesday, June 24, 2020 @ 5:00 PM ET

Despite the Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander community’s population growth, AA and NHPI homeownership rates still trail the national average by around twelve percent as the community still face barriers to owning a home. Despite conventional wisdom that all AA and NHPIs are high earners enjoying economic success, the reality is that parts of our community were targeted by predatory lenders and subsequently impacted by the collapse of the housing market in 2007. Learn more on additional efforts that should be taken to encourage AA and NHPI homeownership.

Caregiving During COVID-19
Wednesday, June 24, 2020 @ 5:00 PM ET

Are you caring for a loved one who is with you at home?  In an assisted living center or long-term care facility? Long distance within the U.S.?  Long distance overseas?  Are you taking care of yourself during these stressful times?  Join us to hear how to care under these new times.  Presented by AARP

Meet Our Speakers: Alvina Yeh, Rep. Grace Meng, Sung Yeon Choimorrow, & Kristina Romines

We Won’t Go Back: AANHPI Workers During COVID-19 and Beyond 
Thursday, June 25, 2020 @ 5:00 PM ET

Like many communities, the American Dream for many Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islanders is owning a home and having a well-paying job to support their families. And while certainly true that many within the community have thrive and achieved great success, it is also equally true that millions of AA and NHPIs continue to struggle—according to Pew Research Center, the AA and NHPI community has the greatest gaps in income inequality in the United States of America. Learn more on what can be done to close the gaps in income inequality for our community.

Digital Divide: The AAPI Tech Guide 
Thursday, June 25, 2020 @ 5:00 PM ET

The AAPI Tech Table was created in recognition of the need for a more unified voice and presence in national tech and telecom policy debates. The Table convenes regularly with its members to discuss relevant policy concerns, while also engaging with industry and other stakeholders to raise the visibility of the Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander community. Learn about the Tech Table’s key concerns for our community.

Native Hawaiian Agency and Economy: Revisualizing a Sustainable World-Class Tourist Destination Post-COVID-19.  
Thursday, June 25, 2020 @ 5:00 PM ET

The Hawaiian Islands are a world-class tourist destination; tourism is the primary economic driver for the State of Hawai‘i. In 1998, the State’s Legislature established the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority (HTA) “to strategically manage Hawai‘i tourism in a sustainable manner consistent with economic goals, cultural values, preservation of natural resources, community desires, and visitor industry needs.” For a great many, Hawai‘i’s current model for tourism fails to reach its potential to be truly sustainable; elevating and aligning its economic goals and gains with the preservation and protection of Hawai‘i’s cultural and natural resources and community desires to shape the visitor industry and its needs.

For Native Hawaiians, tourism is an economic sector where they lack much agency. Pre-COVID-19, Native Hawaiians comprised roughly 16% of the work force within the tourism sector, where their top five occupations were in the following positions (most low wage): sales, office administration, food preparation, transportation, and building maintenance. Native Hawaiians own an abysmal 10% of firms in the tourism sector with the average Native Hawaiian-owned firm making 6 times less sales than the average non-Native Hawaiian owned firm!The silver lining to the COVID-19 pandemic is that it has necessitated a state-wide discussion on the needs for overhauling the tourism sector. This provides Native Hawaiians with a once in a lifetime opportunity to invoke the necessary changes to the sector: greater Native Hawaiian agency and control, true sustainability (and equilibrium of profit and resource protection), greater sector diversity (i.e. sports entertainment), etc.  

Mapping Our Future – From Census to Building Political Power for the Next 10 Years
Thursday, June 25, 2020 @ 7:00 PM ET

Heading into 2020 many of us knew it would be a year that would define the AANHPI and communities of color for the next decade.   With a pandemic introduced into the equation, it has delayed operations and community efforts to ensure a full count.  Once fall comes, elections at the state level may impact how redistricting is implemented.   Join us as we discuss how we adjust and also position community leaders to get involved with redistricting.  If you are concerned how resources are allocated and how communities will be politically represented for the next decade, this session is for you.

Mobilizing Oceania
Thursday, June 25, 2020 @ 7:00 PM ET

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TRACK 2: ENGAGE YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY

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On Sunday, June 28, APIAVote will host individual convenings for 20 states and regions throughout the day in the afternoon.  This will allow participants to join their local area and learn about the nonpartisan plans and infrastructure that currently exists. This space will focus on how organizations and individuals can coordinate together to expand the capacity of voter engagement activities for this summer and fall.  

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TRACK 3: ORGANIZING INSTITUTE

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Converting Data into Voting Power: A New Decade of AANHPI Empowerment
Monday, June 29, 2020 @ 5:00 PM ET

The AAPI electorate continues to be a growing force, yet there is much to learn about this diverse community.  This base of voters may have different ethnic backgrounds, but their values and view on issues are quite similar.  Join this session as we hear from trends seen from surveys conducted by AAPI Data, AARP and YWCA.

What’s the Game plan for the 2020 Election
Monday, June 29, 2020 @ 7:00 PM ET

To ensure every eligible AAPI individual can fully access the ballot box, we need to make sure they know how to get registered and access the various ways to cast their ballot.  This session will cover trends in AAPI voting and share how you can join national campaigns such as National Voter Registration Day and Early Vote Day.   

Role of filmmakers and storytelling in engaging the AAPI electorate
Tuesday, June 30, 2020 @ 5:00 PM ET

This year we saw the debut of “And She Could Be Next” and “First Vote”.  Featured clips of these two films highlighting AAPIs running for office and/or voting will ground the conversation as we speak with the directors.  Also learn about ADoc, a national network that works to increase the visibility and support of Asian Americans in the documentary field.    

Who’s Left out of the AAPI Umbrella?
Tuesday, June 30, 2020 @ 7:00 PM ET

How does our perception of what the term ‘AAPI’ means change or affect how voting outreach and messaging is used in our communities? When we talk about getting out the vote, who are we including?   Join us for a conversation on how working class, Southeast Asian, South Asian and Pacific Islander communities get lost in the narrative of ‘AAPI’ outreach. How can we push campaigns and GOTV efforts to include these voices, and how can we look at our own pan-AAPI spaces to make sure it’s inclusive in our election work?

Protecting Your Voting Rights & Ensuring Your Ballot Cast Gets Counted
Wednesday, July 1, 2020 @ 5:00 PM ET

In the news we hear about mail in ballots, long lines at certain polling locations and various obstacles to voting. Learn from election adminstrators, community activists and policy experts on what we each can actively do to make sure our vote is cast and counted properly.

Rallying Young Voters: Access Points to Civic Engagement
Wednesday, July 1 2020 @ 5:00 PM ET

Confused about who is a “young” voter?  Are we talking about Millennials or Generation Z?  Join the conversation as we bring together national campaigns & organizations who work with APIAVote to motivate new base of voters.  Hear from APIAVote’s Ambassadors on the lessons learned from their local organizing efforts.

Race and Identity in Leadership: How Asian Pacific Islander Americans and POC can leverage their identity to lead in unique ways. 
Wednesday, July 1, 2020 @ 7:00 PM ET

Most of us can agree that leadership is a skill that can be mastered over time with practice. However, our typical vision of what “good leadership” looks like is often shaped by norms associated with whiteness. This session will explore how APIA folks and other people of color are uniquely qualified to lead in new and alternative ways that promote equity and inclusion. Participants will leave with a greater understanding of how to navigate as leaders working within and against larger systems of oppression and bullying.  Facilitated by Richard Leong from Act to Change  (Limited to Young AAPIs only)

Voices For Us, From Us: Working with Ethnic Media
Thursday, July 2, 2020 @ 5:00 PM ET

Over 2/3 of Asians are foreign born and Asian Americans have among the highest rates of limited English proficiency (35%).  We also find that 77% speak English and an additional language spoken at home.  There are over 800 traditional media organizations focusing on the growing U.S. Asian markets.  Various experts from this industry will share examples on how you can best work and engage with Asian ethnic press to get your message out for the 2020 elections and beyond. 

Learning from History to Build a Better Future, Scenes from the “Asian Americans” PBS series
Thursday, July 2, 2020 @ 5:00 PM ET

“Asian Americans” is a five-hour film series that delivers a bold, fresh perspective on a history that matters today, more than ever. Told through intimate and personal lives, the series celebrates the Asian American experience, and brings the community’s rich and significant history to life. As importantly, “Asian Americans” also poses the question of responsibility for Asian Americans, in hopes of avoiding the mistakes of the past.

AAPI Electeds: Forging Unity and Allyship
Thursday, July 2, 2020 @ 7:00 PM ET

During time of crisis, elected leaders can play an important role in allyship, strengthening ties in a community, healing, and moving forward together. Hear from AAPI elected leaders on how they worked to be life-long allies to marginalized communities before and during tensions of COVID-19 and calls for equality in the wake of the death of George Floyd. What lessons have we learned? How do we unite communities during this time of divide? Join us for an engaging conversation.

Picking Your Digital Playbook
Thursday, July 2, 2020 @ 7:00 PM ET

How do we move community involvement online, especially in light of the reduced on-ground activities due to COVID-19? It means many new skills — taking these conversations to digital platforms like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, WeChat and using new digital organizing tools and relational organizing apps to help us outreach to our local communities.Content 6

TRACK 4: MOBILIZING COMMUNITIES / YOUNG AAPIS

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“Are You Registered to Vote?” – Social Distancing Edition!
Thursday June 25, 2020 @ 5:00 PM ET

The 2020 Presidential elections are rapidly approaching! With less than five months left to spare, the uncertainty amidst the global Covid-19 pandemic yields anxiety towards the criticality of this year’s election. This workshop will cover voter registration and vote-by-mail basics to prepare you to outreach your peers and community even while social-distancing, and review opportunities to help get out the AAPI vote regardless of where you are!

So, what’s YOUR story? | Interactive Zine Workshop 
Sunday June 28, 2020, 2:00-4:00 PM ET

In our digital world of endless promotion, it is easy to feel burnt out and oversaturated. Let’s take a step back from the noise to ground ourselves and reflect. What is important to you? Where do your values lie? What motivates you to participate in our democracy?
Our individual and collective stories inform who we are and what we stand for. It is important to utilize our voice and make visible our narratives so no one else can speak on behalf of us. This interactive workshop will guide attendees to reflect and develop their story of self through the simple art of Zine-making. Don’t worry – no experience necessary! All you need is any sheet of paper, a writing utensil, and your attentive self!
 

Beyond Allyship | Manifesting Intentional Solidarity
Monday, June 29, 2020 @ 7:00 PM ET

Rallying Young Voters: Access Points to Civic Engagement
Wednesday, July 1 2020 @ 5:00 PM ET

Confused about who is a “young” voter?  Are we talking about Millennials or Generation Z?  Join the conversation as we bring together national campaigns & organizations who work with APIAVote to motivate new base of voters.  Hear from APIAVote’s Ambassadors on the lessons learned from their local organizing efforts.

Race and Identity in Leadership: How Asian Pacific Islander Americans and POC can leverage their identity to lead in unique ways. 
Wednesday, July 1, 2020 @ 7:00 PM ET

Most of us can agree that leadership is a skill that can be mastered over time with practice. However, our typical vision of what “good leadership” looks like is often shaped by norms associated with whiteness. This session will explore how APIA folks and other people of color are uniquely qualified to lead in new and alternative ways that promote equity and inclusion. Participants will leave with a greater understanding of how to navigate as leaders working within and against larger systems of oppression and bullying.  Facilitated by Richard Leong from Act to Change  (Limited to Young AAPIs only)