According to the Asian American Unity Coalition (AAUC) Preamble:
Asian Americans shall either win equal citizenship UNITED or suffer discrimination separately. To aspire to live as equals in a free market system like the U.S.A. where we represent one of the smallest minorities, we must UNITE to acquire sufficient strength to fight off discrimination
The concept of forging unity among Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) has existed for a long time. However, the huge diversity, language barriers, and lack of trust among Asian Americans have made this an impossible task until a new generation of immigrants and their children develop the identity of being Asian American. Even though AAPI community is the fastest growing it is still only 6-7% of the total population in the U.S. Without Unity, AAPI will forever remain as the invisible minority and powerless to affect change.
Asian American Unity Coalition (AAUC) came into existence through the historic conference held in Alaska in 2018 in which 12 unique AAPI organizations and 20 leaders representing 5 major ethnicities: Chinese, Indian, Philippines, Korean and Japanese Americans were present. The group came together to define the core values and the platform of AAUC. In 2019 the structure of AAUC is established with its Constitution and Bylaws to govern its operation. It has also obtained the 501c3 status by the end of the year.
During its formative year in 2019, AAUC accepted the Herculean task of chairing the 2019 National Civic Leadership Forum in Washington DC in collaboration with APAPA, 80-20 United, New American Leaders, and UCA. More than 200 AAPI leaders attended the four-day forum. At the press conference in the Capitol on September 17th, 2019, over 70 different AAPI organizations representing over 10 different ethnic groups signed a joint statement pledging a full scale civic engagement of AAPI. A number of congressional representatives also spoke at the press conference expressing their support.
The election of the Board of Governors took place in February 2020. Currently, AAUC has a 15-member Board with 5 officers and 7 standing committee chairs. The founding members include 20 national, local and regional organizations and 15 individual lifetime members representing 6 different Asian ethnic groups.
AAUC has successful launched its inaugural Podcast on "Building our Collective American Dream". The first episode focused on "South Asian American Political Engagement". Click to hear the podcast.
AAUC Podcast is a monthly series to be aired at 8 pm ET on the last Sunday of each month. The next episode will focused on "Entrepreneurship as a pathway to the American Dream". An interview with Dr. Karen Eng, Chairwoman, National Asian/Pacific Islander American Chamber of Commerce & Entrepreneurship (Nat'l ACE) to share her perspective on AAPI community development and the American Dream. Please tune-in at 8pm ET, 2/28/2021.
President – SK Lo
Dr. Lo is a theoretical Physicist with an MBA in Strategic Management. She worked at Honeywell Inc. in classified defense research and established two successful Kumon franchise outlets in Minneapolis. She was the founding president of the Kumon franchisee association and won variable pricing for the franchisees. She was a board member of 80-20 Educational Foundation. She sits on the board of 80-20 PAC. She is elected as the first president of AAUC.