An official statement from the AAMUnite Team.
As a first-generation Filipino-American, son of a unionized nurse, and product of New Jersey public schools, I share a deep connection with the issues that will define this election. From the blood, sweat, and tears to the love, hope, and joy that created the foundation of my home and family, my journey has been a beautiful struggle. It is no surprise that this election feels very personal. The chasm in American politics today could not be wider and the stakes could not be higher.
Almost 80% of millennials have moved at some point in their lives—not including moves to attend college—and more than 30% have moved at least three times. The same transient lifestyle that may drive this generation to be more flexible and globally aware can also lull us into believing our footprints are only temporary...but they aren't.
I visited the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) for the first time this summer and have since gone back four times, each with a different friend or family member. I had not realized how important such a cultural institution was until I actually went inside and wandered through its galleries. Why I had put off visiting it remains a mystery to me.
I started by asking myself why? Being a driven individual, why am I not expressing my voice? Why am I letting other people voice their opinions without letting my own be heard? I have done too much in my life to just let this opportunity for my opinion to matter pass. I am no longer on the sideline. In fact, I was standing on the sideline ready to play the whole time.