8Asians At DNC 2016: Day 3 – Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) Caucus – Session 2

  • 0:49:15 – 0:52:25 – California State Member of the Board of Equalization Fiona Ma
  • 0:52:25 – 0:57:35 – California State Treasurer John Chiang
  • 0:57:35 – 1:00:00 – California State Assemblyman Evan Low
  • 1:00:00 – 1:03:00 – Stephanie Murphy, Democratic candidate for Congress (7th Congressional District, Florida)
  • 1:03:00 – 1:12:20 – Commissioner on the United States Commission on Civil Rights Karen Narasaki
  • 1:12:20 – 1:14:55 – Theresa Mah,  Illinois Representative, 2nd District (first Asian American to serve in the Illinois State Legislature – starting in January 2017)
  • 1:14:55 – 1:17:35 – Helen Gym, Philadelphia City Council Member
  • 1:17:35 – 1:22:55 – Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth (D-IL, 8th District), candidate for Senate
  • 1:25:10 – 1:31:45 – Mini Timmaraju, National Women’s Vote Director at Hillary for America
  • 1:31:45 – 1:34:10 – Michigan State Representative Sam Singh (D-East Lansing)
  • 1:34:10 – 1:38:20 – Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office Michelle Lee
  • 1:38:20– 1:42:40 – AAPIs running for public office
  • 1:42:40– 1:53:50 – Senator Mazie Hirono  (D-Hawaii)
  • 1:53:50– 1:56:15 – Koustubh “K.J.” Bagchi, Director of AAPI and Small Business Engagement, Democratic National Committee
  • 1:56:15 – 2:02:05 – Hillary for America AAPI Outreach Director Jason Tengco and group selfie
  • 2:02:05 – 2:08:30 – Panel – “On Being Involved”
    • Dilawar Syed, entrepreneur, Silicon Valley executive
    • Erika Moritsugu, Assistant Secretary, Congressional and Intergovernmental Relations, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
    • Francey Youngberg, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Engagement at U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and HUD representative to the White House Initiative on Asian American and Pacific Islanders.
  • 2:08:30 – 2:10:45 – Closing Remarks – DNC AAPI Caucus Chair Bel Leong Hong

As I had mentioned in my first posting from the first DNC 2016 Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) Caucus meeting from Day 1, this year, the Democratic National Convention was four days instead of three, so there were two caucus sessions instead of one. The second caucus meeting was held on Day 3, starting again at 10AM until 12 PM.

Again, there were a series of speakers – the most prominent in my mind were Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro:


United States Deputy Secretary of Labor Chris Lu, and Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth:


As well as Senator Mazie Hirono, the only Asian American in the Senate:


All the California elected officials like California State Member of the Board of Equalization Fiona Ma, California State Treasurer John Chiang and California State Assemblyman Evan Low – whom I’ve met many, many times and blogged about before.

There were two panel discussions, one lead by MSNBC anchorman Richard Liu:


And after the Hillary for America AAPI Outreach Director Jason Tengco spoke, a group selfie was taken:


During the caucus, I was wondering if I was going to see Lisa Changadveja, Hillary Clinton’s first AAPI Outreach Director, who joined back in August 2015, but moved on in March of this year, for a role in Colorado for the Democratic National Committee as coordinated director for the party’s efforts in the state (working with the state and national party to elect Democrats up and down the ballot.)


I had traded some emails regarding Michelle Kwan’s visit to San Francisco and wanted to meet Lisa if I could. So when I saw her, I introduced myself and asked if we could take a quick selfie, which she was more than happy to do. And after the caucus was over, I saw and chatted for a while Jay Chen, who I met four years ago in Charlotte at the DNC when he was running for Congress, when I had a chance to interview him.


After the caucus, I grabbed lunch and made sure I headed over to the Wells Fargo Center by 5:00 PM EST to see the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus on stage speaking.

Additional photos:
DNC 2016 - Day 3 - AAPI Caucus - Session 2

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I'm a Taiwanese-American and was born & raised in Western Massachusetts, went to college in upstate New York, worked in Connecticut, went to grad school in North Carolina and then moved out to the Bay Area in 1999 and have been living here ever since - love the weather and almost everything about the area (except the high cost of housing...)
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