Crystie, 29yo, Communication Specialist at University of Davis, Chinese American.
I decided to vote because it’s important to take part in shaping the future for our communities and the young generation. It may feel like a small part, but it’s crucial to set an example especially for Asian Americans to use our voices to make a change in our society.
Q: As a Chinese American do you feel that your voice is represented in this country?
A: I don’t think we are represented but it is getting there. Seeing more Asian Americans in political seats really gives a sense of pride and representation needed to help make policy changes for our communities and other communities alike.
The COVID pandemic hasn’t impacted my life directly. Unfortunately, I have family members whose businesses are affected due to the racial discrimination caused by this administration & president. My brother was verbally attacked at a coffee shop by someone assuming he has COVID for being Chinese.
I’d love to see systemic and policies changed after the election in hopes that the current sitting president is not re-elected. I’d love to see more funding for education and underserved communities. I’d love to see communities receiving quality mental health and trauma-informed treatment and resources. I’d also love law enforcement be held more accountable for the actions & bringing justice to those who lost their lives by being racially profiled.
I’d like to encourage young people to go out and vote especially Asian Americans and have those tough conversations with their parents about the racial social injustice happening in our country. And talk about the systemic issues that have been going on for so many years. Don’t be afraid to be uncomfortable and take the time to learn. Use your voice to vote and present change you want to see in your world. Asian Pacific Islander American Voters Election 2020