By Charles Lam
John Chiang, the former treasurer in California, launches a political action committee to help Asian and American island democrats be elected, he announced on Thursday.
The committee, ElectAAPI.org, aims to "address the discriminatory, right-wing agenda propagated by the Trump administration," according to his announcement.
"Voting shows that the values of the AAPI voters are in line with the priorities of the Democratic Party, such as extending access to health care, investing in higher education, expanding economic opportunity for color communities, and setting our broken immigration system" who ran for governor in California in 2018, said in a statement. "We can't take the AAPI community for granted."
The Committee plans to make direct financial contributions to candidates and mobilize voters and volunteers. its website say.
According to the Census Bureau data released in 2016, Asians have been the fastest growing race group in the United States since 2000. 2017 estimates the population at around 21 million, or about 6.5 percent of the total US population. National exit reconciliations in 2016 found 65 percent of Asian Americans voted for Hillary Clinton, compared to 27 percent for Donald Trump.
The population of the native Hawaiian and Pacific islands has also grown in recent years, estimated at an estimated 1.4 million, according to 2017 estimates.
"We want to build a more inclusive America," Chiang told the Los Angeles Times. "Too long, Asian Americans have not had the political infrastructure as so many other societies as so successful in the political arena."