Sen. Kamala Harris is First Black Woman and First Asian American Vice Presidential Nominee on A Major Party Ticket

Kamala Harris (middle) pictured at a campaign event. (Photo credit: Ebony)

Ending months of speculation, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Senator Joe Biden announced today that he has selected California Senator Kamala Harris as his vice presidential running mate. With that choice, Harris becomes the first Black woman and the first Asian American to run for the vice presidency on a major party ticket.

To paraphrase Biden during the passage of the Affordable Care Act, that’s a “big fucking deal”.

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National Exit Polls Totally Underestimated Clinton’s Support among AAPI Voters

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Following the devastating defeat of Democratic nominee Hillary Rodham Clinton by Republican nominee — and now President-elect — Donald Trump, national media outlets are now racing to figure out where it all went wrong. Some pundits have used national exit polling data to place the blame on voters of colour, noting that Black, Latino, and Asian voters supported Clinton at slightly lower margins than they voted to re-elected Barack Obama in 2012. Trump’s victory, they argue, is the fault of non-White voters whom they essentially blame for not acquiescing to their own electoral capture.

There are a couple of obvious issues with that damning narrative. One is, of course, that national exit polling data are wrong about Clinton’s support among AAPI voters.

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Former WHIAAPI Deputy Director Joins Clinton Campaign to Head AAPI Outreach Efforts

Jason Tengco
Jason Tengco

A week after Hillary Clinton’s AAPI Outreach Director, Lisa Changadveja, departed the campaign for a position with the Colorado Democratic Party, a replacement has been announced. NBC News reports today that Jason Tengco, the former deputy director of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI), has been appointed as the Clinton campaign’s  newest AAPI Outreach Director.

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Clinton Campaign’s Director of AAPI Outreach Steps Down

Lisa Changadveja (Photo Credit: Hillary for America)
Lisa Changadveja (Photo Credit: Hillary for America)

Just half a year after taking the position, Hillary Clinton’s Director of AAPI Outreach will be leaving the Democratic primary frontrunner’s presidential campaign for a position with the Colorado Democratic Party.

Lisa Changadveja — who began working for the Clinton campaign during the 2007-2008 cycle and who served as AAPI and LGBTQ outreach director for a Clinton-affiliated SuperPAC during the 2012-2013 election — was named the Clinton campaign’s official Director of AAPI Outreach late last summer. During her tenure as Hillary for America’s AAPI Outreach Director, Changadveja eschewed traditional outreach approaches in favour of on-the-ground events held in predominantly Asian American neighbourhoods to improve the Clinton campaign’s visibility with potential voters.

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