Asian Pacific American Leadership Foundation

Asian Pacific American Leadership Foundation

The Asian Pacific American Leadership Foundation (APALF) prepares and better equips Asian Pacific American (APA) leaders for public service and civic involvement. APALF produced The Race Epidemic documentary as an organizing and training tool. This documentary explores the history of institutional racism against AAPIs. By screening the documentary in cities

Asian Pacific American Leadership Foundation

The Asian Pacific American Leadership Foundation (APALF) prepares and better equips Asian Pacific American (APA) leaders for public service and civic involvement. APALF produced The Race Epidemic documentary as an organizing and training tool. This documentary explores the history of institutional racism against AAPIs. By screening the documentary in cities across the country, APALF will spark discussions about race, identify and engage leaders, and train and prepare them to represent the AAPI community, ultimately leading to more AAPI representation and leadership at all levels – further allowing AAPI voices to advocate for the needs of our community.

About the Organization:

The Asian Pacific American Leadership Foundation (APALF) prepares and better equips Asian Pacific American (APA) leaders for public service and civic involvement. APALF produced The Race Epidemic documentary as an organizing and training tool. This documentary explores the history of institutional racism against AAPIs. By screening the documentary in cities across the country, APALF will spark discussions about race, identify and engage leaders, and train and prepare them to represent the AAPI community, ultimately leading to more AAPI representation and leadership at all levels – further allowing AAPI voices to advocate for the needs of our community.

organizational budget

$500,000 - $1 MILLION

existence for

16-20 YEARS

The Issue:

AAPIs are under-represented in elected office. In May of 2021, the Reflective Democracy Campaign quantified AAPIs underrepresentation in its report, #advance AAPI power . According to this report: AAPIs made up 0.9 percent of elected leaders across all levels of government, but 6.1 percent of the population as of mid-2020. AAPIs are the most under-represented group by a factor of -85 percent (the differential in political representation relative to their population numbers). The lack of representation in political systems has led to enacted policies that have discriminated against AAPIs, including English-only ordinances and the Chinese Exclusion Act. In addition to policies specifically directed at AAPIs, detrimental government actions also include the intentional or unintentional omission of public funding or services that could benefit AAPIs. Conversely, with AAPI elected representation, especially in today’s current environment, AAPI elected leaders have been fighting for the AAPI community.

The Solution:

To increase the number of AAPIs who serve in leadership positions, APALF has been leading and will continue to lead the efforts to prepare and train leaders to represent the AAPI community. For the AAPI to curtail this violence and racism, the AAPI community will need to understand that this violence and racism have existed for generations. AAPIs will need to come together and take action. APALF has organized and hosted several virtual screenings and discussions of The Race Epidemic ; reaching several thousand people and energizing hundreds to take action. In-person screenings can have a bigger impact. A recent in-person screening attracted nearly 100 people, captivating them to stay well into the night and brave the cold weather to share stories, connect with each other, and discuss actions to stop the violence. This event will be replicated in other cities to galvanize, energize and involve AAPIs throughout the country.

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