Innaugural White House API Conference Call with Bloggers…
The White House Initiative on AAPIs for Bloggers happened just a few minutes ago and I wanted to report back promptly. The invite is below. It was a half hour presentation by the White House Initiative on APPIs team composed of Eddie Lee (fearless leader with social media background), Mia Chen (focused on community engagement), Akio Vora (focused on webinars/videos with a particular emphasis on bullying and cyberbullying), and Kate Morales (Health Care Initiative/Affordable Health Care Act).
After each person gave an overview of what they did, the floor was opened up to Q and A. 3 or 4 questions were asked. I don’t know how many bloggers were invited or on the call.
I was able to ask about my burning issue: reverse discrimination of Asian American students when applying to top private colleges. My issues are three fold: 1) race quotas from Affirmative Action used to benefit Asian Americans but now due to the high quantity of highly qualified applicants, it works against us. There are “ceilings” on AAPIs which result in issue 2) the Asian Americans who need Affirmative Action the least, benefit the most, leaving our weakest Asian constituents unable to get in (refugees, new immigrants, those living near poverty line, etc.), and also issue 3) which is this artificial high barrier to entry for top colleges causes undue pressure on Asian American families and children which is a big factor in mental health disease, particularly suicide in Asian girls and college students.
Thank you to everyone who sent in feedback of issues to bring up. I have consolidated the comments into my blog post which Eddie tells me the team reads regularly. If your issue was not adequately addressed, please leave me a comment and I will send an email to Eddie for you. Any links for support to your issue would be most appreciated.
Below is the email for today’s call. Below that are the notes from the call.
Our first White House AAPI blogger call TODAY at 2pm EDT/11am PDT!
The Asian American population grew faster than any other race in this country over the last 10 years according to the 2010 Census– 43 percent from 2000 to 2010. This growth creates an urgent need to understand everyday problems facing Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) across the country. President Obama reauthorized the White House Initiative on AAPIs to understand what these issues mean for our federal government and to connect the community with needed programs and protections, and to put in place reforms to create stability and remove barriers for AAPIs.
The White House Initiative on AAPIs invites AAPI bloggers to participate in a conference call to discuss upcoming community engagement activities, including the launch of an AAPI Video Contest. The White House Initiative recognizes the importance of engaging AAPI social media outlets to provide meaningful dialogue with the broader AAPI community. In an effort to create new partnerships and collaborations, the White House Initiative on AAPIs invites bloggers to join this call to hear about how the Administration is working with the AAPI community and opportunities for bloggers to get involved.
WHO: Eddie Lee, White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders
WHEN: Wednesday, July 27 at 2:00pm EDT / 11:00am PDT
Here are my notes:
- This is the first AAPI Blogger Conference Call; more to come. No specific dates set yet.
- The White House Initiative on AAPIs recognize that bloggers are an important vehicle to engage the AAPI community so they want to reach out to make sure we are getting the information we seek, as well as help to get the word out about resources the government provides for Asian Americans.
- Getting the word out from this team includes wide streaming webchats as well as town hall meetings on Twitter.
- Everyone is encouraged to connect to the White House Initiative on AAPIs via their Twitter account and Facebook, however I am uanable to locate it. I will give you the link as soon as I get it. There is an email newsletter that you can subscribe to here. See upper right hand corner of website.
- The White House Initiative on AAPIs was signed into being October of 2009 by President Obama. They connect with 23 federal agencies including SBA, Labor, Education and Housing.
- They have currently engaged with 22,000 AAPIs and find we don’t know about the resources the government provides.
- There is outreach to increase AAPI teachers which currently make up less than 1% of all teachers in the United States. (I don’t think our Tiger Parents want us to go into teaching unless it is at the college level until it becomes more respected and well paid!)
- Bullying is a big issue. 17.5% of Asian High School students have experienced bullying at school and 20.4% of Asian American students. There will be more information provided on how to file a harassment and/or bullying claim.
- There is a Health Care Tax Credit for small business that they want to get the word out to AAPIs since there are 1.5 million AAPI small businesses. More stats on the job creation from that but I didn’t catch it all.