MEDIA & PRESS
KTNV Las Vegas
Las Vegas Review-Journal
List of vetoed bills growing in Carson City
“This budget supports the very fabric that makes our communities strong,” said Eric Jeng, acting executive director of ONE APIA in a news conference. “These programs are mission-critical for our community. We are disappointed but hopeful for negotiations that put our communities and our families first.”
Las Vegas Sun
Native Americans make case to Nevada lawmakers to allow cultural regalia at public school graduation
The Las Vegas-based Asian Community Development Council hosts “GraduAsian” for local college students to attend in cultural garb to “be able to honor their ancestors’ sacrifices, their families’ sacrifice, to be there,” said Eric Jeng from One APIA Nevada, which also advocates for people of Asian, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) heritage.
The New York Times
In Nevada, Both Parties Court a Booming Vote Bloc: Asian Americans
They are sending out mailers in multiple Asian languages and placing ads in local Korean, Chinese and Tagalog-language newspapers. Traditional Filipino kamayan communal dinners have become regular stops on the Nevada campaign trail; so have small businesses in Chinatown and local mosques and temples.
Asian Americans make up a big part of the Nevada electorate — enough to sway the caucuses
The increasing number of AAPI voters in the state has required campaigns to dial up outreach that’s historically been lacking, particularly as candidates seek new sources of support during a competitive primary.
The Nevada Independent
Harris takes aim at Trump's new immigration plan during Las Vegas campaign stops
As Harris courts votes ahead of Nevada’s first-in-the-West caucus, the two minority groups likely will play a key role in her results here. The APIA community makes up about 1 in 10 voters in Nevada, according to One APIA Nevada, a nonprofit that advocates for policies empowering that minority group. Latinos, meanwhile, account for about 19 percent of eligible voters in the state.
LAS VEGAS REVIEW JOURNAL
Asian-Americans fastest-growing group in Southern Nevada
According to the latest Census estimates, more than 220,000 Asian-Americans live here today — triple what the population was at the start of the millennium. Most Asian-Americans living in the county were born overseas, and thousands more immigrate to the Las Vegas Valley every year, many of whom are choosing to settle in the valley’s rapidly developing southwest quadrant.
Asian American groups in Las Vegas mourn Atlanta killings, call for change
"I think the initial reaction from everyone in the APIA community is just horror. The violence here that we saw yesterday, is not just one instance of violence, it's a culture of violence and it's a culture of not understanding, a whole community. I would really urge everyone you know during this time to really be compassionate to all of the different community members."
8 News Now
Gender identity amendment rejected by Assembly; Lombardo vetoes 2 bills
“As an organization that has recruited dozens of non-partisan election protection observers and volunteer shifts, we know that democracy is on the line,” remarks One APIA Nevada Acting Executive Director Eric Jeng. “Exercising our right to vote is sacred and the hard-working election workers should be free from fear and intimidation. We thank Nevada Secretary of State Cisco Aguilar and his office for proposing and working with community partners on SB406 as well as county registrars and their teams for their service.”
Public News Service
NV Bill Looks to Secure Gender-Affirming Care
Amy Koo - acting deputy director of ONE APIA Nevada - said health care in the U.S. is "convoluted" as is, but adds SB 163 would help recognize and streamline gender-affirming health care for folks in Nevada, setting what she calls a model for the rest of the country. Koo said it is important to note a bill like this doesn't necessarily make it easier to access gender-affirming care, but aims to remove outside barriers.
KTNV Las Vegas
Harnessing the AAPI vote in Southern Nevada
Amy Koo, political director with One APIA Nevada, was a first-generation college student whose parents immigrated from China. Because her parents didn’t speak English at all, she had to navigate the financial aid system and figure out how to budget her expenses by herself.
RENO GAZETTE JOURNAL
UNR professor, Nevada activist reflect on Atlanta shooting: 'We can’t keep quiet anymore'
Amy Koo, deputy political director for One APIA Nevada and a former Reno resident, said the Silver State has its own history of racism against Asian Americans. She's seen a rise in discrimination and violence against the Asian American community in Las Vegas over the last year.
Asian Americans are growing fastest in Nevada. Here's how they voted.
In Nevada Filipino Americans illustrate the complexity of voter outreach efforts. They have a high interest in and engagement with health care, including in occupations like nursing and hospital work, which may have put them on the front lines during the pandemic, in addition to the possibility of having experienced anti-AAPI racism associated with the virus.
The Nevada Independent
Bill would provide election materials for Chinese residents in Clark County
Eric Jeng, deputy director of One APIA Nevada, said the 5,000-person threshold was set after conversations with the secretary of state’s office and county election officials, putting the number at a level that is “operational for Nevadans that also achieved the equitable process that we want to bridge that barrier.”
Nevada Democrats call for first spot in Primary Election calendar
Eric Jeng, Deputy Director of non-partisan Asian political organizer One APIA Nevada, said he knows the Silver State has been critical for candidates from both parties with their eyes set on taking the White House.
"I'm standing here in the heart of Asiatown, where just two years ago, I believe, the Democratic candidates all came here," he said.
The Nevada Independent
Growing progressive force in the electorate, AAPI voters turn out at higher rates than 2016
Early data shows that white voters again heavily backed Donald Trump this cycle, but it's a diverse coalition of younger voters and people of color who helped push Joe Biden over the edge in Nevada and nationwide.
NEVADA PUBLIC RADIO
Asian-Americans Driving New Economic Growth In Southern Nevada
Fast forward 25 years and the nexus of entrepreneurial design and public service have contributed to a boom in the Asian population here. According to the latest census, more than 220,000 Asian Americans live in Las Vegas today, triple the numbers from two decades ago. In fact, Asian Americans are the fastest-growing racial or ethnic group in our region.
LAS VEGAS REVIEW JOURNAL
Nevada candidates court minority voters ahead of midterm election
“We’re trying to create a movement to keep people engaged. The Asian-American/Pacific Islander vote has been often overlooked. A lot of the older folks are saying this is the first time anyone has asked them about issues like health care, education and immigration.”
statementS & press releases
ONE APIA NEVADA COMMENDS ACHIEVEMENTS AND HIGHLIGHTS MISSED OPPORTUNITIES FROM THE 2023 LEGISLATIVE SESSION
Today, One APIA Nevada reflects on the conclusion of an eventful legislative session and two special sessions, commending the successes of state legislators and the AANHPI Legislative Caucus. While there were many wins for our community it is essential to address the missed opportunities resulting from the vetoed policies and legislation by the Governor, which would have significantly improved the lives of hardworking AANHPI families.
AANHPI LOBBY DAY KICKS OFF AANHPI HERITAGE MONTH
The Asian Community Development Council (ACDC) and One APIA Nevada (OAN) today announced a coordinated event with the Asian American, Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Nevada Legislative Caucus to make representative AANHPI voices heard during AANHPI Heritage Month in the state's capital.
Statement on the Passing of Former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid
Senator Reid never wavered in standing up for us. From ensuring our community had the resources to start hundreds of small businesses to ensuring veterans were honored with their rightful benefits to fighting for every eligible voter to have the tools and access to cast a vote, he was right there on the front lines working for us.
ONE APIA NEVADA CELEBRATES THE END OF NEVADA’S 82ND (2023) LEGISLATIVE SESSION
Today, One APIA Nevada celebrated the end of an eventful legislative session, working hand-in-hand with state legislators, notably the Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Legislative Caucus, which had a record-breaking 7 AANHPI members, the most in Legislature history. The caucus members reflect the diversity of the growing AANHPI communities in Nevada.
Statement on Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization Decision from Supreme Court
Last week's Supreme Court decision overturned nearly 50 years of legal precedent—jeopardizing abortion access for over 36 million Americans and putting the lives of those who depend on abortion care the most – Black, Indigenous, and other people of color – in grave jeopardy.
Statement on the LOSS of ASSEMBLYMAN TYRONE THOMPSON
"We will always remember Assemblyman Thompson as an extremely compassionate legislator who championed democracy for all. His efforts to expand voting rights and his advocacy for our youth and homeless populations will always be remembered. Our hearts are with his family and the constituents he has touched through his decades of public service.
ONE APIA NEVADA URGES THE GOVERNOR TO SUPPORT LANGUAGE ACCESS FOR NEVADA’S COMMUNITIES
Today, the Nevada State Senate passed Assembly Bill 246 (AB246) with bipartisan support. AB246 was introduced in the Nevada Assembly by Assemblymember Selena Torres (AD-3) and passed by the Assembly last week with a vote of 28-14. As passed, the bill would require counties in Nevada to go beyond federal requirements as outlined in the Voting Rights Act Section 203 when providing translated materials to Limited English Proficient (LEP) voters.
statement on the Passing of former secretary of transportation Norman Mineta
Secretary Mineta’s story is the story of the American Dream—of what could be possible, of what could come of hard work and determination, and of what could be done by caring for each other and fighting for the betterment of not only one's own community and others.
President Trump's insistence on unnecessary border wall harms Nevada and Asian Pacific Islander American federal workers
"The President's agenda proves that he does not share the priorities of the American people or our Asian Pacific Islander community, who make up six percent of the federal workforce. To shamelessly disrespect our federal workers and their families over the holidays, and to threaten to drag this process for months or even years, shows that President Trump will resort to petty behavior rather than take responsibility for American families.