I spent last week at the Democratic National Convention, covering various events for MOMocrats. One of the most interesting events I attended was the Asian-American Pacific Islander Caucus. I had to extract myself from a wonderful event called "Unconventional Women" featuring Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, among other Democratic women luminaries. It worth it to miss Nancy for my one and only opportunity to see Yul Kwon, winner of Survivor: Cook Islands.
I've written here before that I'm a Survivor fan, and Yul is probably my favorite Survivor of all time. He was the first (and as far as I know only) Korean-American to win the show. So, when I saw his name as moderator of a panel at the AAPI Caucus on "Reaching Out to the Youth Vote," I had to be there, despite the fact that I'm hardly a "youth."
The Caucus started with a surprise visit from DNC Chair Howard Dean, and was moderated by Caucus Chair Bel Leong-Hong. There were a number of speakers from various AAPI communities, including elected officials on all levels of government and several individuals running for office. It was inspiring to see so many different communities of Asians, South Asians, and Pacific Islanders coming together to support those in office and those who aspired to office. Most of the attendees were delegates from across the country, and represented all parts of the US. Congressman Mike Honda gave a very rousing speech about coming together to elect Asian-American Democrats.