Asian American Millennials Unite (AAMUnite) spotlights the political power of the new generation of Asian America by uplifting the voices of young Asian Americans with diverse backgrounds and viewpoints. Through being unapologetically engaged and unapologetically ourselves, we empower change agents, activists and artists, while building the civic identity of rising leaders.
I promise 20 mins, but the conversation teases the hour mark. In that time, we broach the discourse on the model minority myth, the lie of meritocracy, growing up as a second generation Bangladeshi American, identity development--clearly, my promise of 20 minutes was audacious.
Introducing Asian American Millennial Unite’s #UnapologeticAsian series. At AAMUnite, we believe that building political power among AAPI millennials goes beyond electoral politics. The work of AAPI millennials nationwide demonstrates innovative models of activism to learn from, be a part of, and possibly follow after in our own communities. #UnapologeticAsian highlights up-and-coming civic leaders’ best tips, strategies and lessons learned for creating change in your own communities, wherever you may be. We launch this series with an interview with the first Asian American to play Aaron Burr, King George III, and Laurens/Philip in Hamilton, Jin Ha.
Our activist history is largely absent from our literature – and I implore you to recognize the powerful Asian Americans whose political awakenings built a movement to create Asian America. We have the Black Liberation Movement to thank for their precedence and leadership. And now, in the spirit of their strength and racial solidarity, we must come together to actively resist Trump’s regime built on xenophobia and prejudice.
April 30th, 2017 marks the 42nd anniversary since the Fall of Saigon. Pearl Nguyen parses through her identity as a child of a refugee of the Vietnam War. In this personal essay, she details her father's journey fleeing a changed Vietnam to the States, and her mother's steadfast quotidian responsibilities that have cemented her sense of identity as a first-generation American.
An official statement from the AAMUnite Team.
When people used to ask me, “Why do you even vote?” I usually would respond with “because it’s our right and it’s important” without any substantial evidence as to why I vote in the first place.
Oh…no, honey. Trust me. You want to be White. So I nodded my head and agreed after fruitless attempts to awkwardly explain that my mom is White and that my dad is Thai. After all, she was one of our school counselors and she was trying to make things easier for me.
When you watch all of these debates, when do you ever hear politicians trying to get the Asian American vote? Asian Americans have hardly ever been a topic of interest in media coverage of the US current presidential election.
AAPIs have been straight killing it this year with social media activism. From #BeingAsian to #StarringConstanceWu to #BrownAsiansExist, we have made our voices loud and clear. We not only want representation, we are DEMANDING it. Furthermore, we want our voices both heard AND listened to.
My family never let me feel my color. My mother let me be a kid, which meant that I'd get as brown as possible during the summers due to being outside all day. I had no concept of "colorism" until I visited the Philippines in my 20s.