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#ImWithHer: My case to vote Hillary Clinton in the final days leading up to the election

Gregory Cendana | Posted 11.07.2016 | Politics
Gregory Cendana

When the polls opened early in DC, I already knew who I was voting for: Hillary Clinton. I am not with her because she's the next best alternative. ...

Coming Out to Our Asian Parents: Family Is Still Family

Glenn Magpantay | Posted 05.17.2016 | Queer Voices
Glenn Magpantay

To commemorate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month in May, my organization, the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance, is launching a major campaign to help us come out to our families.

Asian American Mental Health: Confusing Doing Well With Feeling Well

Jessica Gimeno | Posted 05.09.2016 | Healthy Living
Jessica Gimeno

A depressed person can struggle academically and socially -- that is true among people of all racial backgrounds. But, sometimes, it's also true that a depressed person can function well on the outside.

These Three Charts Show Why Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Are Important in 2016

Karthick Ramakrishnan | Posted 01.20.2017 | Politics
Karthick Ramakrishnan

Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are gaining attention earlier in 2016 than in the 2008 and 2012 elections. Here are three charts that help to understand why AAPIs are fast gaining political attention.

Our 10 Favorite Moments of 2015

Doua Thor | Posted 12.31.2016 | Impact
Doua Thor

2015 has been a year of memorable milestones and moments for the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs), which is housed within the Department of Education.

Another 50 Years: Protecting Medicaid and Medicare

Kathy Ko Chin | Posted 07.29.2016 | Politics
Kathy Ko Chin

Protecting Medicaid and Medicare is vital. Like other minorities, Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders are less likely to access health care. Although minorities make up 40 percent of the U.S. population, they account for more than half of the uninsured population in the U.S.

End the War in Guam

Frances Negrón-Muntaner | Posted 06.05.2016 | Politics
Frances Negrón-Muntaner

The success in Cuba begs the question of why the U.S. government still refuses to end World War II on the island of Guam, a U.S. territory for over a century.

Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month by Working to End Mass Incarceration

Gregory Cendana | Posted 05.30.2016 | Impact
Gregory Cendana

Together, we are working toward achieving a reformed criminal justice system that offers formerly imprisoned people an economic path forward and restores voting rights -- and we are already winning battles.

The Pentagon Wants To Bomb The Hell Out Of This Tiny Pacific Island

The Huffington Post | James Cave | Posted 06.13.2015 | Green

This Is Pagan Island Pagan island is a biologically diverse, 10-mile-long island anchored by two volcanoes in the Commonwealth of the Northern ...

A Historic Gathering: The White House Summit on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

Kiran Ahuja | Posted 05.15.2016 | Impact
Kiran Ahuja

This week, on May 12, the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders hosted the first-ever White House Summit on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Washington, DC.

Challenging Dual Stereotypes: The Reality for LGBTQ AAPI Communities and How Foundations Can Help

Lyle Matthew Kan | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Lyle Matthew Kan

There is a pervasive cultural myth that all gays are rich, and that all Asian Americans are overachievers. Individuals who identify as LGBTQ and AAPI are therefore often assumed to be better off. However, these misconceptions all too often mask real struggles and hardships faced by LGBTQ AAPI communities.

Register for the White House Summit on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

Kiran Ahuja | Posted 05.23.2015 | Impact
Kiran Ahuja

Please join us for the White House Summit on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders on May 12, 2015, at The George Washington University in Washington,...

Obamacare at Five

Kathy Ko Chin | Posted 05.23.2015 | Politics
Kathy Ko Chin

Thanks to the ACA, millions of AAs and NHPIs now have access to critical cancer screenings, preventive health care services, such as birth control and diabetes screenings and much more.

Message to Congress: CHIP Matters to Our Kids

Jeffrey Caballero | Posted 05.19.2015 | Politics
Jeffrey Caballero

Healthy kids grow up to be healthy adults, and together build strong families and communities. Right now, Congress has a chance to put differences aside and extend funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for four more years.

Let's Talk King v. Burwell and the Potential Impact of Higher Health Care Costs on Patients

Jeffrey Caballero | Posted 05.04.2015 | Politics
Jeffrey Caballero

Removal of the tax credits from the Affordable Care Act means worse health outcomes for health center patients. Those who could have entered the health system at an early and treatable point of a health condition may end up visiting their health center/ER with a much more complicated (and costly) issue. Not only is this a moral argument, it's a basic public health argument.

Calling All Students: Apply for the Summer 2015 White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Internship Program

Kiran Ahuja | Posted 04.25.2015 | College
Kiran Ahuja

As America’s population becomes increasingly diverse, it is important to have this diversity reflected in the federal workforce. Although Asian Amer...

National AAPI Community Google+ Hangout: February 25

Kiran Ahuja | Posted 04.12.2015 | Impact
Kiran Ahuja

After the great engagement from last year's National Community Google+ Hangout, we are eager to continue the conversation on advancing the AAPI community this year and beyond.

AAPCHO Members Continue Push to Enroll AA&NHOPIs During AAPI Enrollment Week

Jeffrey Caballero | Posted 03.29.2015 | Healthy Living
Jeffrey Caballero

Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Affordable Care Act (ACA) Enrollment Week of Action is underway and with the second ACA enrollment period e...

2014: Year in Review for the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

Kiran Ahuja | Posted 02.24.2015 | Impact
Kiran Ahuja

WHIAAPI is honored to share with you a number of memorable moments in 2014. Please check out some of our photo and video highlights from the year and tweet your favorites using the hashtag #WHIAAPI.

President Obama Extends Warmest Wishes for Diwali

Kiran Ahuja | Posted 12.22.2014 | World
Kiran Ahuja

"Knowledge will defeat ignorance, and compassion will triumph over despair."

Pacific Islanders Blockade World's Largest Coal Port

The Huffington Post | Katherine Boehrer | Posted 10.22.2014 | Green

Last week a group of Pacific islanders and Australians worked together to form a flotilla of kayaks and traditional canoes to blockade the world's lar...

Round Two Will Be Even Harder

Kathy Ko Chin | Posted 12.15.2014 | Politics
Kathy Ko Chin

A mere four weeks lie ahead of the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) second open enrollment period and all eyes are on Health and Human Services Secretary Burwell to avoid the glitches that plagued efforts last fall.

September 30: Stakeholder Call on the Launch of

Kiran Ahuja | Posted 11.25.2014 | Impact
Kiran Ahuja

A version of this blog was originally posted on the White House Blog on September 24, 2014. The White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific...

Difficulties Likely To Persist In Enrolling Asian-Americans, Pacific Islanders

Kaiser Health News | Posted 09.24.2014 | Politics

Language and cultural issues, along with immigration concerns, could still pose major barriers to enrolling Asian-Americans, Native Hawaiians and Paci...

Recognizing the Critical Importance of AANAPISIs

Kiran Ahuja | Posted 11.22.2014 | Impact
Kiran Ahuja

Higher education is no longer just a pathway to opportunity for a talented few; rather, it is a prerequisite for the growing jobs of the new economy.