Helping our communities engage in the political process has been a long-standing priority for Asian Americans for Equality. Once again this year, AAFE is hosting voter registration drives to make sure local residents are heard in this year’s elections. Recently NY1 highlighted one of our voter outreach events in Manhattan’s Chinatown.

In the story, AAFE Executive Director Chris Kui said Asian Americans increasingly want elected officials to represent their perspectives. This, he explained, has “galvanized a lot more participation and interest in terms of signing up.” The high profile presidential campaign is a factor, but also key local issues of interest to immigrant communities.

The story noted that the number of eligible Asian-American voters in New York grew by a third between 2000-2010, compared with 2% for the state’s general population.

You can watch the complete story here.