AAC Newsletter 2021 Q3
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AAPI Women in Politics Reports
Check out these AAPI Women in Politics reports that the AAC has just released! Both reports compile key statistics/quotes that illustrate the current state of AAPI women’s political representation across the Commonwealth and the United States. Read further by clicking the links below, and join us in sharing these resources widely!

National Focus | Massachusetts Focus
1-Day Session w/ Commonwealth Seminar Videos
Did you miss the first session of the 1-Day Session w/ Commonwealth Seminar? Watch the recordings of the first two lectures on our YouTube Channel. Subtitles/CC in English, Mandarin, Vietnamese, Khmer, Korean and Hindi.

Video: Advocacy Best Practices with Beth Huang

Video: The Legislative Process with Joel Barrera
Voter Education Translation Project: Local Election 
AAC presents the Voter Education Translation Project: Local Election Edition in Chinese Simplified, Vietnamese, Khmer and Hindi. The original PDF documents and JPEG graphics are now available for download on our website at:

Am I registered to vote? | Where do I vote? | Preliminary Election Dates | Elections Division

Join the team! Policy Coordinator Internship 
The Policy Coordinator will work closely with AAC staff and the Chair of the Subcommittee on Government Relations, Advocacy, and Civil Rights to shape and advance the Commission’s policy priorities. They should have a broad knowledge of the legislative process and a strong commitment to improving the status of AAPI communities across the Commonwealth. Applications due September 24, 2021.

Click here to read full details about the job.  
A handful of AAC Staff and Commissioners met for the first time in person! Some also enjoyed attending community events this summer.
(Left: Taken at Chalawan Asian Eatery, Cambridge; Right: Taken at Double Chin, Boston after ACDC's Films at the Gate event) 

A Special Thank You & Farewell To Our Interns
"It has been such a pleasure to intern with the AAC this year. As
part of my internship, I created and directed the AAC’s AAPI Women in Politics and Public Service initiative, which highlighted the experiences, challenges, and historic accomplish-
ments of AAPI women in public service across the Commonwealth,
as well as called attention to the need for greater AAPI women representation in elective office across the country.

Throughout the year, I also worked closely with the Subcommittee on Government Relations, Advocacy, and Civil Rights to shape and advance the Commission’s top policy priorities. Moving forward, I will be completing my graduate degree in public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, where I serve as Editor-in-Chief of the Asian American Policy Review, Co-Founder/Co-Chair of the Taiwan Caucus, and Fellow at the Center for Public Leadership." 
-  Sarah Lin

"Thank you AAC for the opportunity to work alongside a group of inspiring staff and Commissioners this year! As a part of my internship, I led AAC's 2020 Census outreach efforts, applied for and received a grant from MYL Foundation to created translated voting materials for the 2020 elections, created AAC's first-ever virtual Pride Month film series, and assisted with various programming needs.

Additionally, I assisted with outreaching to and building collaborations with other community organizations like AAWPI and the Commonwealth Seminar. This led to the creation of the Women's History Month Women in Advocacy Panel with AAWPI, which garnered over 100 attendees and the 3 part training series with the Seminar. Most recently, I worked closely with Commissioner Meena Bharath, chair of the Education Committee, to create the frameworks for a Youth Council. I am excited to share that the Council will be up and running later this fall.

This work would not have been possible without the guidance, mentorship, and support of the
AAC staff, Executive Committee,
and Commissioners and I am grateful for their investment in me. Moving forward, I will be going on my Fulbright grant in Taiwan, where
I will be serving as an English Teaching Assistant." 

- Lily Tang 
COVID-19 Updates
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Read, Watch & Listen
  • Press Release: August 23, 2021 - AAPI Commission Announces Key Investments Supporting Asian American and Pacific Islander Residents in FY22 Budget
  • Toolkit: Rapid Response Toolkit | The Asian American Foundation 
  • Article: With different visions for Boston, Wu and Essaibi George hit the campaign trail | The Boston Globe 
  • Article: Latino and Asian populations are fueling growth in Massachusetts and diversifying communities, census data show | The Boston Globe
  • Article: As Chinatown changes, community leaders push to preserve its historic legacy as a bastion for immigrants | The Boston Globe
  • Article: He Fled Cambodia's Genocide. Now He's Fighting To Save His Ceramics Tradition In Lowell
  • Article: In Chinatown, a new mural noodles with notions of home | The Boston Globe
  • Article: Voices and Dreams of Boston Chinatown Residents highlighted | AsAm News 
  • Article: Quincy celebrates annual August Moon Festival | The Patriot Ledger
  • Article: Brother of 1st hate crime murder victim post 9/11 reflects on progress, setbacks | NBC News
  • Article: Atlanta shooting victim’s biracial sons seek to unite Black, Asian communities in shared fight against hate | The Washington Post
  • Article: Vietnamese American refugees who witnessed fall of Saigon urge U.S. to accept more Afghans | NBC News
  • Article: Padma Lakshmi says disparaging Indian food isn’t funny. It’s ugly.
  • Article: Hmong Americans are often obscured by model minority myth. Why Suni Lee's win means so much | NBC News 
  • Article: Director Justin Chon on how he tried to capture an authentic adoptee experience in the film, 'Blue Bayou' | NBC News
  • Article: Marvel's 'Shang-Chi' Smashes Labor Day Box Office Records With $71.4 Million Debut | NPR
Upcoming Project: MA AAPI Artist Feature

Are you an AAPI artist or know of an AAPI artist residing in MA?

Sign up to be featured! Under the leadership of the Arts & Culture Committee, the AAC would like to feature an artist each month to amplify their efforts to the art community as well as their own respective communities!

We are looking to feature illustrators, designers, muralists, painters, poets, writers, photographers, film makers, sculptors, calligraphers, printmakers, culinary artists, musicians, performers, etc. Requirements: Identify as Asian American and/or Pacific Islander and must reside in Massachusetts. If you have any questions, please email

July - September Programming Recap 
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