NextGen America Celebrates Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month with Week of Action

The week includes education campaigns, community organizing, and influencer partnerships

Austin, TX —  May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage (AAPI) month and NextGen is celebrating the contributions and influence of the community with a week of advocacy actions focused on issue education, GOTV efforts, and partnerships with social media influencers in the community.

The AAPI community is the largest-growing voting bloc in the country, jumping 10 percentage points in turnout between 2016 and 2020. NextGen is dedicated to using this week to inform and expand the rising political activism of AAPI youth, especially by reaching them online. Creator Drew Afualo – who has more than 7.1 million followers on TikTok – will attend and say hello at NextGen’s relational organizing event, focused on connecting with voters via platforms popular in the community like WhatsApp, KakaoTalk, and WeChat. The greater campaign also features ten other influencers, including Roman and Brian Xu.

“As the fastest-growing voting bloc in the country, young AAPI voters have a huge opportunity to shape the future of our nation,” NextGen America President Cristina Tzintzún Ramirez said. “That’s why we’re focusing on issues that matter most to them and working to educate, register, and engage AAPI people across the country ahead of the election.

“At a time when white supremacist ideologies are mainstream in the GOP, it is important to support and empower the Asian community and denounce racism. By activating the most diverse generation in history, we will continue using our voices and power in numbers to build a future that works for us and reflects our values,” Tzintzún Ramirez said.

Other AAPI week of action activity includes promotion and organizing around NextGen’s Immigrant Rights Petition, and educational posts on Instagram and Twitter.


About NextGen America

NextGen America is the leading national organization for engaging young people through voter education, registration and mobilization. We invite 18-to-35 year olds — the largest and most diverse generation in American history — into our democracy to ensure our government works for them and to find new solutions to the dire challenges facing our society and the world. Since 2013, NextGen America has registered more than 1.4 million young voters and educated many millions more.