Presidential Campaign Update

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There are never enough inches in a newspaper column to do justice to the Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders furiously working to elect Barack Obama as our next president. Learn more about our efforts on our blog at

PHILADELPHIA COMMUNITY FORUM. More than 200 attended a Philadelphia Community Forum last weekend with Congressman Mike Honda, who explained why Obama resonates so strongly with Asian Americans. The California Board of Equalization Chairwoman Judy Chu, New York City Councilman John Liu, and Boston City Councilor Sam Yoon also spoke with translation by Dr. Mei-ling Wang. Barack’s brother-in-law Konrad Ng also made a surprise call to thank the volunteers for their work in Pennsylvania.

LAS VEGAS ROADTRIP. Almost 90 supporters from Los Angeles, Orange Country, San Diego and San Francisco took a road trip to Nevada last weekend to get out the AAPI vote. The group, led by Hacienda La Puente (Los Angeles) school board member Jay Chen, visited 3,600 homes and spoke with 1,500 individuals. Volunteers met with Charmaine Manansala, Stanley Toy and Manita Rawat. Kelly Hu joined the group to sign-wave in front of Chinatown plaza.

AUSTIN AAPI HOUSE PARTY. Folks in the Austin, Texas, area are invited to an Asian Americans for Obama House Party this Sunday, Oct. 26, from 3 to 5 p.m. The party will provide an opportunity to learn more about Sens. Obama and Biden and about volunteer opportunities for the campaign. To RSVP, visit event/detail/gsh77m .

— Eugenia Beh, Nina Ahmad, Jay Chen and Keith Kamisugi

The two-week sprint to Election Day is upon us, and Sen. John McCain is edging closer to Sen. Barack Obama. Asian Pacific American McCain supporters are jumping into the fray left and right.

At a major campaign rally in the Washington, D.C., suburb of Woodbridge, Va., McCain recognized the efforts of the Vietnamese, Filipino, Chinese and Korean Americans to his campaign.

These four groups have been phone banking furiously from Los Angeles to the D.C. suburbs. New York City’s Chinatown phone bank office held a kick-off this week.

Korean Americans held a McCain Get-Out-the-Vote event this past week in Los Angeles. Events with other ethnic groups are scheduled for Florida and Missouri later this week.

Finally, D.C.’s infamous traffic will become less congested as political activists head out into the field. Senior APA activists are going out to help manage GOTV in Colorado, Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Nevada and Virginia.

— Stephen Fong

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