NQAPIA Expresses Outrage Over Pete Hoekstra Ad and Other Racist and Xenophobic Political Discourse

NQAPIA Joins national statement from Asian American and Pacific Islander organizations in response to Super Bowl ad in Michigan

NQAPIA added its name to the list of national Asian American and Pacific Islander organizations that issued a letter condemning racist and xenophobic political discourse in this campaign season in 2012.  The National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA), the leading coalition of national AAPI advocacy organizations issued a letter to the Democrat and Republican National Committees condemning the rise of political rhetoric that plays on racism and anti-immigrant sentiment.  This letter particularly responded to the racially charged political ad aired by former Congressman Pete Hoekstra in Michigan during the 2012 Superbowl.

NQAPIA Co-Director for Programs Ben de Guzman was able to address these issues in Michigan with students at the University of Michigan as part of OCA’s APIA-U Leadership 101 program, as well as at an event hosted by APIA-Vote Michigan.  Being in Michigan while this issue is still causing ripples in the political landscape, even as the community prepares for the 30th anniversary of the beating death of Vincent Chin in Detroit was particularly meaningful.