Join us for the #AAPI2020 Twitter Town Hall
Join us and National Council of Asian Pacific Americans, APIAVote, and the Asian American Journalists Association for the #AAPI2020 Twitter Town Hall featuring the presidential campaigns of Vice President Joe Biden, Mayor Mike Bloomberg, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Senator Amy Klobuchar, Representative Tulsi Gabbard, Senator Bernie Sanders, Senator Elizabeth Warren, and Tom Steyer as they answer questions that matter to the AANHPI community.
AAPIs are often considered politically apathetic, but the data paint a much different picture. While overall political engagement might be varied among AAPI communities, that doesn’t mean AAPIs do not care about politics. AAPIs are concerned with a broad variety of issues, including but not limited to immigration.
According to data from the 2018 Asian American Voter Survey conducted by AAPI Data and APIAVote, 84% of Asian Americans said healthcare was either “very” or “somewhat” important.
72% responded similarly in regards to a question about the environment and 76% to a question about gun control. In California specifically, 67% of Asian and Pacific Islander Californians agree that the United States’ economic system unfairly favors the wealthy.
Despite expressing interest in politics and the fact that the AAPI vote , AAPI communities have often been neglected and written off as apathetic or unimportant to the electoral process. This is why it’s crucial for candidates to hear our communities’ concerns.
Questions for the #AAPI2020 Twitter Town Hall will be tweeted out from the official Twitter handle of NBC Asian America (@NBCAsianAmerica), our media partner and moderator for this event. To participate, watch the hashtag #AAPI2020. Make sure to tag us on social media (@APIAVote, @aaja, @AAPIData, @NCAPATweets), and use #AAPI2020 in any of your responses! The event will be on Twitter starting at 2PM EST (11AM PST).
Town Hall Questions:
Q1: We are one of the fastest-growing populations in the US yet we are often left out of policy discussions and decision making. How will you ensure #AAPI communities will have a seat at the table? How will you ensure we have a voice within your administration?
Q2: Policy decisions that impact the Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (NHPI) community are often made without our input. What are your plans to include NHPIs in policy-making decision processes, especially in regards to issues that matter to us?
Q3: Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are incredibly diverse. However, studies and data oversimplify the issues that our communities face. What will you do to ensure AAPI data is disaggregated and how will you lift up low-income AAPIs?
Q4: About 25 million people in the U.S. and 1 in 4 Asian Americans are limited English proficient (LEP), meaning English is not their primary language. How will your plans involve LEP individuals and ensure they have equal access to healthcare or other government services?
Q5: AAPI immigrants continue to contribute so much to this country, yet they have been some of the most vulnerable communities to be impacted by immigration policy. How will you protect and improve the family-based immigration system and restore due process for immigration enforcement?
Q6: According to research, over 75% of Asian Americans are very strong supporters of stricter gun laws. What is your plan to prioritize gun safety and take preventative action to ensure the well-being and safety for all Americans?
Q7: College debt is a top priority for many AANHPIs. What steps will you take to reduce student debt so that it increases our chances of competitive workforce opportunities? How will you ensure our communities have access to the programs you seek to create towards this end?