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From Protest Movements to Mainstream Politics
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In 1867, 2,000 Chinese railroad workers organized a strike by walking off their jobs to protest their oppressive work conditions. In 1965, Filipino farm workers joined their Mexican counterparts to form the United Farm Workers and staged the Grape Strike and Boycott of 1965. Since then, Asian Americans have been elected to political offices and are active in numerous advocacy organizations that address issues such as education, human rights, immigration, and electoral politics. At every moment in American history, Asian Americans have been involved in protest and in politics, in realizing a more perfect union.
What is the state of Asian American politics? Has the Asian American community moved from protest politics to mainstream politics? What does the 2012 Election say about Asian American political trends?
Join our panelists, former Louisiana Congressman the Honorable Joseph Cao, Janelle Wong, director, University of Maryland, Asian American Studies Program and Deepa Iyer, executive director, South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT), as they discuss the trends and barriers affecting Asian American political participation and the recent election. Gene Kim, executive director of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC), will moderate this discussion.