Asian Americans historically suck at voting & are the least politically engaged out of all US minorities. But let's take a second and try to understand WHY, HOW, & WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE. In loving honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, we'd be remiss to acknowledge one of the very worst grades on our supposed model minority report card: civic engagement. Why is entering the political sphere so complicated & hard when it impacts the most fundamental aspects of our everyday lives? This issue, of course, spans far past race or ethnicity. And as we're in one of the most politically turbulent & culturally/environmentally critical moments in American history, there's a whole lot of intersectionality to address. To start unpacking this complex issue, Minji turns to her friend, Kavi Vu. Kavi is an Atlanta, GA-based writer, poet, and creator of "Wake Up Atlanta", which is a channel dedicated to increasing civic awareness & engagement. Their goal is to make politics accessible to the everyday person. Together they walk through the weeds of political imposter syndrome, media madness, cultural cues, partisan nonsense, & how to better work a system that in so many is not actually made to work for we the people. If you've been confused, frustrated, overwhelmed, & straight up exhausted by government & local politics, WE ARE HERE FOR YOU. Let's work through this together, fam.
This week's guest:
- Kavi Vu - @Wakeup_Atlanta
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Our theme song is "Yellow Ranger" by Awkwafina
This podcast is part of Potluck: An Asian American Podcast Collective
Produced by @marvinyueh