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Friday, August 12 • 10:00am - 11:30am
The White Politician Beat: Why Aren't There More AAPIs in Politics?

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From local school boards to Congress, there is a lack of people of color — especially AAPIs — in political office. How has that affected the political dialogue, and the representation of AAPI interests in policymaking? What are the electoral, cultural and political barriers to AAPIs entering politics, and how do we overcome them?

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Karthick Ramakrishnan

Director, AAPI Data
Karthick Ramakrishnan is associate dean of the UC Riverside School of Public Policy, and professor of public policy and political science. He is also a Board Member of The California Endowment, Chair of the California Commission on APIA Affairs, and adjunct fellow at the Public P... Read More →

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Ed Lee

Mayor of San Francisco, The Office of the Mayor
Mayor Edwin M. Lee is the 43rd Mayor of the City and County of San Francisco, and is the first Asian-American mayor in San Francisco history. Mayor Lee has championed creating jobs, growing the economy, improving the quality of life for everyone, and ensuring San Francisco remains... Read More →
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Seema Mehta

National Political Reporter, Los Angeles Times
Seema Mehta is a political writer for the Los Angeles Times. She covered the 2016, 2012 and 2008 presidential campaigns, as well as gubernatorial, Senate and mayoral races. The Syracuse University graduate joined the Times in 1998.
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Shekar Narasimhan

Chairman and Founder, AAPI Victory Fund
Shekar Narasimhan is a businessman/entrepreneur who has spent many years promoting sound public policy in the United States. He has been Co-Chair of the Democratic National Committee’s Indo-American Leadership Council and in leadership roles in the Obama campaign and the Hillary... Read More →

Friday August 12, 2016 10:00am - 11:30am PDT