Sacramento, CA – The Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association
(APAPA) joins Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPIs), National Asian
Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA), and many other APIA organizations to
urge President-elect Joe Biden to honor his promise in assembling a diverse
Cabinet and administration that truly reflects the race, religion, sex, sexual
orientation, cultural background, ethnicities, etc., of our country.
The goals of the APAPA organization have been to promote civic
engagement, leadership and the empowerment of Asian and Pacific Islander Americans.
As a community, APIAs have made tremendous progress in promoting our talents to
lead this great nation in diversity. We are
profoundly disappointed by the lack of APIAs appointed to Cabinet Secretary positions
for the incoming administration, despite President-elect Joe Biden’s promise to
make his government “look like America.” APIAs now account for seven
percent of the U.S. population and are allegedly the most successful and the
fastest growing ethnic group. In the 2020 election, APIA voters turned
out in record numbers. In many key states, and particularly in Georgia,
APIA votes represented the margin of the narrowly won Democratic victories in
both the Presidential and the Senate races.
We hope President-elect Joe Biden will
recognize the APIA voters’ efforts and contributions to his successful election
and the Georgia election by rectifying the lack of APIA representation at the
highest levels of his administration.
APAPA is a non-profit, non-partisan and
grassroots organization. Its mission is to empower Asian and Pacific Islander
(API) Americans through education, leadership, and active participation in
civic and public affairs.