Published: July 14, 2017
AP(Eye) on the Hill is our weekly highlight of significant federal updates, particularly those that impact AAPI communities regarding reproductive, immigration, and economic justice. Learn about NAPAWF’s and other national AAPI groups’ federal policy work while you’re out on the ground!
Senate Republicans release health care bill
AAPI actors and actors of color join to fight against racial pay disparities
Nielsen study finds Asian American women at the forefront of entrepreneurship
Senate Republicans Release Updated Health Care Bill with No Improvements
for Vulnerable Communities
Photo Credit: Workers World
Senate Republicans are continuing their attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act in July with an updated version of the Better Care Reconciliation Act, the Senate version of a widely denounced House bill which would cost 22 million Americans health care coverage. Criticism for the bill comes from both liberals, who cite the number of people who would lose health insurance and cuts to Medicaid, and conservatives, who claim the bill does not do enough to erase Obamacare. The Senate is expected to debate and vote on the bill by Friday, July 21st.
- Read NAPAWF Executive Director, Sung Yeon Choimorrow’s op-ed on how the Senate healthcare bill would affect AAPI women at The Hill.
- Read NAPAWF’s statement on the House version of the bill here.
- Learn more about what women of color have to lose by reading “The House Republican Repeal Bill Threatens Reproductive Justice for Women of Color” from NAPAWF, In Our Own Voice: National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, and National Partnership for Women and Families.
- Find out about three more ways the Republican repeal of Obamacare would devastate communities of color from the Center for American Progress.
- Read about other groups NAPAWF has joined to oppose the Republican repeal bill here!
- To stand with NAPAWF and oppose AHCA, learn more and raise your voice with our partner, All* Above All!
AAPI Actors Fight Against Racist Pay Disparities
A July 6th report that AAPI actors Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park were leaving television show “Hawaii Five-O” because they earned less than White cast members sparked a national conversation around representation and pay equity. Park and Kim, both Korean-American, have not spoken publicly on the topic except for a Facebook post by Kim in which he wrote, “The path to equality is rarely easy.”
“Unfortunately, the racial hierarchy established in the original 1968-1980 series remained intact in the 2010 reboot: Two white stars on top, two Asian/Pacific Islander stars on bottom,” said Guy Aoki, the founding president of the Media Action Network for Asian-Americans, who also criticized the network for not including more actors of Asian or Pacific Islander descent in the show’s cast.
- Read about AAPI pay disparities in NAPAWF’s report, "Fighting Invisibility, Closing the Gap: An Equal Pay Agenda for Asian American and Pacific Islanders."
Representative Grace Meng (D-NY) spoke out against Park and Kim’s treatment-- read more at The Hill.
The National Hispanic Media Coalition stands in solidarity with Park and Kim in The Huffington Post.
Sang H. Cho, the President of the first national, 24-hour Asian American network Mnet America, released a statement in support of Park and Kim covered at The Wrap.
Read more coverage on Park and Kim’s departure from Time.
Learn what experts in AAPI media think at The Wrap.
Read more about the lack of AAPI representation in the media at the Los Angeles Time.
Nielsen Study Finds Asian American Women
at the Forefront of Entrepreneurship
Photo credit: Nielsen
A new study from foremost marketing research firm Nielsen finds that Asian American women are leading the way in cultural changes. “Asian American women: digitally fluent with an intercultural mindset” shows that “thirty-nine percent of Asian American women are entrepreneurs, and the number of Asian American female-owned businesses is increasing at a faster pace than any other group of women in the United States.” Mariko Carpenter, vice president of strategic community alliances for Nielsen, said, “[Asian American women] always seem to know the newest restaurants and the hippest thing that’s happening. They’re going to places like the Middle East and Latin America. They’re open, they’re curious. There is this mindset of they can take the best of all the worlds and create something that’s even better.” Read the story at the Los Angeles Times.
Keep an eye out for…
July 19: NAPABA’s 2017 Scavenger Hunt! RSVP here.
July 24: SALDEF's 4th Annual Langar on the Hill. RSVP here!
July 29: Asian American Literature Festival’s last day at the Library of Congress. Learn more here!
July 31: 2017 Asian American and Pacific Islander Youth Summit, hosted by the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (open only to students). Register free here!
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