Building Power in Asian American & Pacific Islander Communities

  • July 23, 2015
  • 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Irvine Foundation

Hosted by: The Bay Area Justice Funders Network (BAJFN), Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP) and Northern California Grantmakers (NCG)

Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities are one of the fastest growing populations in the United States.  California is home to nearly a third of the national AAPI population, and since 2008, the percentage of voters who are AAPI nearly doubled in the state. In many Bay Area communities, Asian Americans are quickly becoming majority populations. However, does this translate to political power? And with the displacement of working-class communities of color out of urban centers and into suburban communities, how do the needs and concerns of AAPI's get reflected in everything from culturally competent basic services to policies in education, housing, immigration and jobs? Finally, AAPI communities continue to be used as a “wedge” against other communities of color. Opponents of affirmative action and police reform have propped up and stoked Asian opposition to further their political agenda. What are the new lessons and cutting edge strategies from the ground?



  • Dana Kawaoka-Chen, Bay Area Justice Funders Network (BAJFN)
  • Cathy Cha, Haas Jr. Fund
  • Amado Uno, Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN)
  • Alex Tom, Chinese Progressive Association (CPA)
  • DJ Yoon, Korean Resource Center (KRC) and
  • Lillian Galedo, Filipino Advocates for Justice (FAJ)

Join us for lunch and a stimulating conversation about what we are learning and about the new innovations California AAPI organizations are making towards AAPI's for Civic Empowerment.

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