Written by: Chris Tan
More than 4,000 Asian-Americans hold public office across 39 states and the federal government, according to the National Asian Pacific American Political Almanac. The almanac attributes this finding to two factors. One, that Asian-Americans have become the fastest-growing racial group by percentage, and second, the group have been engaged in local political activism.
One of those Asian-Americans is Judy Chu, who is the first Chinese-American woman to be elected to Congress. Originally aspiring to be a computer scientist, Judy first decided to actively participate in public policy when an anti-immigrant, English-only movement swept through her hometown of Monterey Park, California. She ran for city council, and the rest is history.
"...in the past Asian-Americans didn't much care about immigration reform. But thanks to nonprofits and advocacy groups working in Asian-American communities, she thinks there will be support for comprehensive reform."
These findings show a a huge step forward for the API community. APAPA hopes that the growth of API involvement in public policy continues to grow
This post originally appeared on Voice of America.