Received via email:
As an Asian American, I am disappointed to learn that US Senate candidate Michelle Nunn’s strategy for engaging the Asian American community boils down to turning us into merely “validators” and a “fundraising base.” To make matters worse, her campaign states that Asian Americans “work” to become citizens quickly,” which stereotypes us as non-citizens – a perception Asian Americans have been fighting to overcome for many years. Georgia’s Asian American communities are not monolithic, and face a diverse array of issues. Contrary to the “model minority myth,” 31,000 Asian Pacific Americans in our state are in poverty — a full 11% of Georgia’s APA population – and they won’t be able to serve as her “fundraising base.” Her campaign messages of “just give us your money,” and “call me when you become a citizen” show how out of touch she is. Instead of addressing the struggles of Asian American working families, it appears Michelle Nunn sees our community only as a means to leverage money and influence. Georgia deserves better — and I am sure that once the members of the Asian American community “become citizens quickly,” they will “validate” my views at the ballot box.
– Georgia State Representative B.J. Pak