The Asian Pacific American Caucus ("APAC," also known as the "Asian and Pacific Islander American Caucus") is a conference group of individuals who meet annually during professional meetings. Membership is free and open to all who share an interest in the teaching and learning of Asian Pacific American political affairs and community-based activism. Our members are typically affiliated with colleges and universities as faculty, staff, or graduate/undergraduate students. We also welcome partnership with community activists and organizational leaders. The APAC was co-founded in 1999 by Professors Andrew Aoki and Pei-te Lien as a related group of the American Political Science Association(APSA) that has a close relationship to the Race, Ethnicity, and Politics Section of the APSA. Starting in 2012, with the preparation and founding of the WPSA Committee on the Status of Asian Pacific Americans in the Profession, we have held a mini-conference on APA politics during WPSA meetings.
WPSA Mini-Conference on Asian Pacific Americans cancelled
Dear APAC/WPSA APIA Mini-Conference Community:
Following up on the WPSA's recent announcement to all members (https://www.wpsanet.org/), let me write to affirm that we will be canceling the Mini-Conference on APIA politics this year. What I see is that faculty and staff are scrambling to get their courses online (and many have never held online courses, so it's an enormous undertaking done well) and to take care of their families when schools/activities/resources have shut down, so after discussion with others, we made the choice not to hold our mini-conference.
If some of you are interested in participating in the optional online conference to be held May 21-23, 2020, I think there may be an opportunity to re-organize within the main WPSA online conference. WPSA is expected to issue guidance on how to participate in the virtual conference. You can participate in the 2020 online conference for no additional fee regardless of how you decide to allocate your conference registration fees. Participation in the online conference is entirely up to you; either decision works out fine for APAC.
Some people have been able to support WPSA by donating their registration fees (this is wonderful if you can allocate for that, although we also recognize that it may be a difficult time financially for association members).
Stay safe and well everyone.
Dr. Loan Le (March 25, 2020)
Announcing book publication Asian Pacific American Politics—Celebrating the Scholarly Legacy of Don T. Nakanishi (Routledge 2020).
Arguably, the book comprises the most comprehensive and updated collection of works in the field. Click here or see below for the book description as well as for the table of contents.
Publisher Book Description
Asian Pacific American Politics presents some of the most recent research on Asian American politics, including both quantitative and qualitative examinations of the role of Asian and Pacific Islander Americans in some of today’s major political controversies.
In the highly polarized politics of the United States in the early 21st century, non-Black racial minorities such as Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans will increasingly find themselves swept into the epicenter of many of the divisive controversies. This timely volume presents the latest scholarly research on some of these issues, examining questions such as Asian American support for #Black Lives Matter, responses to racially-charged attacks, and the differences in the political socialization, politicization, and community-based activism within and across sectors of the Asian American population. In addition to examining political identity, voting participation, political mobilization, transnational politics, and partisan formation, the volume also investigates important, but little discussed, issues such as the Native Hawaiian sovereignty movement, political incorporation of Filipino Americans, and the struggle to establish "comfort women" memorials in the United States. Contributors also examine, through dialogues, how Asian Americans fit into the larger world of American racial politics, the extent to which they are likely to build coalitions with other communities of color, and the boundaries and contours of Asian American political theory.
Exploring and Expanding the Political World Pioneered by Don T. Nakanishi, Asian Pacific American Politics will be of great interest to scholars of race and ethnicity in American politics, immigration and minority incorporation, ethnic identity politics, and political participation and democratic inclusion of Asians. The chapters were originally published in Politics, Groups, and Identities.
Table of Contents
Exploring and expanding the political world pioneered by Don T. Nakanishi by Andrew Aoki and Pei-te Lien
1. Race-ing solidarity: Asian Americans and support for Black Lives Matter by Julie Lee Merseth
2. From emotion to action among Asian Americans: assessing the roles of threat and identity in the age of Trump by Davin L. Phoenix and Maneesh Arora
3. Superficial Equality: Gender and immigration in Asian American political participation by Christian Dyogi Phillips and Taeku Lee
4. The social roots of Asian American partisan attitudes by Tanika Raychaudhuri
5. Coalition building and mobilization: case studies of the comfort women memorials in the United States by Mary M. McCarthy and Linda C. Hasunuma
6. Does Christopher Chen Vote More Than Shu-Wei Chen? The Cost of Ethnic Retention among Asian America Voters by Min Hee Go
7. Party Identification and the Immigrant Cohort Hypothesis: The Case of Vietnamese Americans by Loan Kieu Le and Phi Hong Su
8. The Role of Co-Ethnic Political Mobilization in Electoral Incorporation: Evidence from Orange County, California by Carole Jean Uhlaner and Danvy Le
9. When Does Race Matter? Exploring White Responses to Minority Congressional Candidates by Neil Visalvanich
10. The Effect of Party Mobilization, Group Identity, and Racial Context on Asian Americans’ Turnout by Dukhong Kim
Dialogue Essays: Doing, Learning, and Thinking about Asian Pacific American Politics
11. Filipino American political participation by Erwin S. de Leon and Gem P. Daus
12. "Now we know": resurgences of Hawaiian independence by Noelani Goodyear-Ka’opua
13. Intersectional perspectives on Asian Pacific American activism and movement building by Nicole Filler
14. Are ballot box issues enough? Nakanishi’s indication and the case for Asian Pacific American transnational Politics in an age of domestic disruption by Christian Collet
15. How far have we come? Asian Pacific Americans in introductory American government textbooks in three different time periods by Okiyoshi Takeda
Dialogue within Dialogue
16. Contours of Asian American political theory: introductions and polemics by Fred Lee
17. Commentary on Fred Lee’s "Contours of Asian American Political Theory: Introductions and Polemics" by Charles T. Lee
18. Reflections on Fred Lee’s "Contours of Asian American Political Theory: Introductions and Polemics" by Edmund Fong
19. When Race No Longer Predicts Minority Status and Identity by Pei-te Lien
20. Asian Americans and the Rainbow: The Prospects and Limits of Coalitional Politics by Karthick Ramakrishnan
21. Asian Americans and politics: communities and research transformed by Paul Y. Watanabe
Image Source: Cover to Book Asian Pacific American Politics—Celebrating the Scholarly Legacy of Don T. Nakanishi (Routledge 2020).
Call for Proposals on the WPSA Mini-Conference on Asian Pacific American Politics (Deadline 9/20/19):
The Asian and Pacific Islander American Caucus (APAC) and the Committee on the Status of Asian Pacific Americans in the Profession invite you to submit a proposal for the 2020 mini-conference on Asian Pacific American Politics, which will be held on Friday, April 10, during the annual meeting of the Western Political Science Association, April 9-11, 2020, Los Angeles, CA.
This year’s WPSA conference theme is focused on “Boundaries of Belonging,” which is particularly appropriate for the study of Asian Pacific Americans as they continue to balance the perception of economic and educational success with marginalization in politics vis-à-vis voting rates, media representation, equal protection, and many other forms of democratic inclusion. We invite proposals that interrogate the lived experiences of Asian Pacific Americans, both for scholarship that fits within historical conceptualizations of race, ethnicity, and immigrant politics as well as scholarship that focuses on contemporary or current issues. Suggested topics include but are not limited to various aspects of APA political participation and electoral fortunes; an understanding of Asian Americans with attention to the intersection of (multiple) identities; and assessment of the perceived challenges and advantages within the Asian American population in light of changing dynamics of political rhetoric and immigration enforcement in the United States. We welcome full panel and roundtable proposals, too!
When you submit your proposal to WPSA online, please carefully scroll through the panel options and select the Mini-Conference on Asian Pacific Americans (usually located near the bottom). In addition, if you would like to participate but need a bit more time to develop a proposal, we encourage you to contact us at this point and let us know. Write to Dr. Loan K. Le at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Recent mini-conferences on APA Politics included several excellent qualitative, quantitative, multi-method and professional advancement panels. Sample paper submissions are as below:
- Examing Asian American Attitude toward Affirmative Action
Liu, Baodong, email@example.com, University of Utah
- From the Politics of Pan-ethnic Solidarity to Ethnic Particularism in Asian American Politics: Examining the Rise of Chinese American Conservatism
Song, Daeun, firstname.lastname@example.org, University of California, Irvine
- Sexual Harassment of Asian American Females on College Campuses
Le, Loan, email@example.com, Institute for Good Government and Inclusion
- But Where Are You Really From? Stereotyping and Political Engagement among Asian Americans.
Leung, Vivien, firstname.lastname@example.org, University of California, Los Angeles
- Inventing the Terms of Exclusion: Immigration Policy and Racialization in the 19th Century
Aoki, Andrew, email@example.com, Augsburg University
- Understanding Substantive Representation by the Womanists among Asian Pacific American Elected Officials
Filler, Nicole, firstname.lastname@example.org, Highline College & Lien, Pei-te, email@example.com, University of California Santa Barbara
- Beyond Koreatown: Asian Americans After the Los Angeles Riots
Le, Loan, firstname.lastname@example.org, Institute for Good Government and Inclusion
- Neighborhood Political Composition and Political Participation Among Asian Americans
Chan, Nathan, email@example.com, University of California, Irvine
- The Eviction Machine, Tenant Mobilization, and Growing the Grassroots in Manhattan's Chinatown
Wong, Diane, firstname.lastname@example.org, Cornell University
- Asian American Candidate Preferences: Evidence from CaliforniaLeung, Vivien, email@example.com, University of California, Los Angeles
- Asian American Political Power: Modeling Electoral Success at the Local, State, and National Level
Phan, Ngoc, firstname.lastname@example.org, Hawai'i Pacific University
- Changing Patterns of Asian Pacific American Women’s Representation in Elective Offices, 1980-2016
Filler, Nicole, email@example.com, University of California, Santa Barbara & Lien, Pei-te, firstname.lastname@example.org, University of California, Santa Barbara
- Pathways to Political Participation Among Asian Americans
Penumaka, Evangel, email@example.com, University of California, Los Angeles
- A Further Test of the Immigrant Cohort Hypothesis: The Case of Korean Americans
Le, Loan, firstname.lastname@example.org, Institute for Good Government and Inclusion
- Media and Political Learning in the Chinese American Community
Harvie, Jeanette, email@example.com, California State University, Los Angeles & Mario, Guerrero, firstname.lastname@example.org, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
- The Contours of Asian American Political Theory
Lee, Fred, email@example.com, University of Connecticut
Upcoming #IMREADY Movement Conference
Date: September 20, 2019
Location: Oakland, CA
The #IMREADY Movement Conference, which is open to the public and will take place in Oakland, CA on September 20, 2019, sounds great and APAC wanted to let readers know about it. The event focuses on violence, healing, and solidarity affecting APIAs and is open to the public.
More information including how to register for the conference can be found here. https://www.imreadymovement.org/2019
The #IMREADY Movement Conference is organized by AAPI Women Lead and #ImReady Movement.** More information can be found here https://www.imreadymovement.org/
**Note that APAC Is not an organizer for this event
The Asian and Pacific Islander American (APAC) Caucus just celebrated
APAC’s 20th Anniversary Celebration
Date: Thursday, August 29, 2019
Time: 4:00 -7: 00 pm
Location: Marriot Wardman Park Hotel in Washington DC
Symposium 4:00 – 5:15 pm: Reflections on & New Directions for the Asian Pacific American Caucus at 20 yrs
Field Update 5:15 – 6:00 pm: Lightning Presentations on New Work in Asian American Politics
Reception 6:00 – 7:00 pm: Food and Drink/Recognitions/Awards
The APSA 2019 annual meeting (August 29 – September 1, 2019) in Washington DC marked APAC's 20th anniversary. The event was a resounding success, with many you able to join us for this special celebration. Thank you for your wonderful support!
Association for Asian American Studies (AAAS) is teaching/talking about affirmative action and is generously sharing the following resources if helpful:
1) Research on what people understand - and do not- about affirmative action
2) The personal rating and the Harvard Case - 10 reasons not to fall for penalty narrative
3) AAPI Data Blog Post on Affirmative Action trends
4) AAPI Blog Post - Deep dive into framing and affirmative action
Introduction to Special Publication
An introduction by Andrew Aoki & Pei-te Lien (2018) to a virtual special issue of Politics, Groups and Identities (2018), "Introduction – exploring and expanding the political world pioneered by Don T. Nakanishi," featuring state-of-the-art research on Asian American politics is available here (https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/21565503.2018.1494017).
Welcome New Members
We welcome new members to APAC and encourage you to join our google group or contact an officer below!
Contact APAC Officers
Co-Chair Dr. Oki Takeda
Professor, Aoyama Gakuin University
Co-Chair Dr. Ngoc Phan
Assistant Professor, Hawaii Pacific University
Secretary Dr. Tanika Raychaudhuri
Postdoctoral Fellow, UPenn Center for the Study of Race & Ethnicity
Treasurer Vivien Leung
Graduate Student, UCLA
Dr. Loan Le
President, Institute for Good Government and Inclusion (IGGI)
firstname.lastname@example.org or thinkiggi.com