When I was 5 years old, my family was forced from our home and into a “relocation center” — where we lived for four years behind barbed-wire fences during World War II. We were American citizens, imprisoned for no other reason than what we looked like.
Through shared sacrifice, we’ve made remarkable achievements in the last 70 years — advances that we should all be proud of. And right now, we need to stand behind a president who has made real progress for the Asian American and Pacific Islander community.
That’s why this came as a real shock to me: Less than half of us are even registered to vote. I know we can do better.
One of my New Year’s resolutions for 2012 was to step up my involvement and focus on the issues that matter.
That’s why I’m reaching out now, asking you to join me in supporting President Obama as he continues to take on the most important challenges to the AAPI community and the nation. Affordable health care, expanding access to education, loans for small business owners (an increasing number of whom are Asian Americans) — these are the issues the President has been championing since Day One.
We have a responsibility right now to decide the direction of our country for the next four years and beyond. With voter registration deadlines rapidly approaching, this can’t wait. Remember, it’s only with our vital, robust participation in this great democracy that we can bring about real change.
Watch this video, register — VOTE — and share with your friends and family: