Since 2004, the Asian Pacific American Leadership Foundation (APALF) has trained and prepared Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) leaders for public service and civic involvement. APALF’s signature Leadership and Candidate Training Bootcamp has successfully prepared the current generation of elected leaders to succeed in public office. Aligned with this mission of fostering leadership and civic engagement, APALF has produced The Race Epidemic documentary.
This documentary explores the history of institutional racism against AAPIs, and the many challenges AAPIs and other people of color face in America. The Race Epidemic will be an important tool and resource in APALF’s mission and purpose and will be a catalyst to spur important discussions on race and politics in our nation. The documentary features many of APALF’s alumni, including California Attorney General Rob Bonta, Controller Betty Yee, and Assemblymembers David Chiu and Evan Low, who are leading efforts to address issues of importance for AAPIs while serving in public office.
This documentary is only the beginning and will be used as part of an overall curriculum to help current and emerging leaders respond to bias, discrimination, and violence against AAPIs. Current and emerging leaders can utilize our curriculum to identify, recognize and respond to bias, ultimately leading to more AAPI representation and leadership at all levels – further allowing AAPI voices to advocate for the needs of our community.
Donations to support The Race Epidemic are tax deductible and will support the documentary and APALF’s anti-bias training curriculum.