Asian Americans are the fastest-growing minority group in the U.S. and will command buying power in excess of $1 trillion by 2018. Yet half of all Asian Americans do not vote, including just 37% of Asian Americans aged 18 to 34, representing one of the lowest voter participation rates of any racial or ethnic demographic.
To help close this gap in a critical election year, #IAmAsianAmerican (www.iamasianamerican.com) — a new initiative formed in conjunction with APIAVote (apiavote.org), Kollaboration (www.kollaboration.org) and 18 Million Rising (18MR.org) — is launching this campaign to engage Asian American millennials to become active participants in the electoral process.
On October 16, 2016, #IAAA aims to register at least 15,000 new voters with a first-ever national concert event taking place in four cities with major Asian American populations: New York, Washington DC, Chicago, and Los Angeles. The free events will combine food, live music and speakers and on-the-ground engagement in each city — including a flagship red-carpet celebrity event at Los Angeles’s historic Wiltern Theater, expected to draw 2,000 attendees, which will also be live-streamed to the three other participating cities and locations across the country. CLICK HERE to secure your individual or group tickets for the FREE concert in Los Angeles.
The Los Angeles event will be emceed by comedians Jenny Yang (Comedy Comedy Festival; Buzzfeed Video) and Parvesh Cheena (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend), and will feature as headliners a cappella sensations The Filharmonic (Pitch Perfect 2) and America’s Best Dance Crew champions Poreotics, as well as a selection of artists from 18 Million Rising’s just-released album Voices of Our Vote, YouTube superstar AJ Rafael and K-pop wunderkind / star of Nickelodeon’s Make It Pop! Megan Lee — as well as many other celebrity performers, speakers and presenters, to be announced.
For information about the free concert in New York, Chicago and Virginia/DC:
Long Island City Landing
52-10 Center Blvd, Long Island City, NY
4927 N Sheridan Rd, Chicago, IL
6751 Wilson Boulevard, Falls Church, VA
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