Maya Soetoro-Ng: Get Involved with Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders for Obama

Uploaded by BarackObamadotcom on 22.08.2012

The wonderful thing about the United States is that there are so many different ways to
be American. And they're all legitimate, they're all valuable. Asian Americans are very much
a part of the fabric of this country. My name is Maya Soetoro-Ng, and I'm the president's
younger sister. Because Hawaii is the only AAPI majority state, my brother grew up with
a wide array of Asian American and Pacific Islander communities and cultures around him.
And they all made an impact on the way that he walks and speaks and his vision of the
world. I am half Indonesian, and our mother was committed to Asia, and worked there for
most of her career, not just Indonesia but India and Pakistan and Thailand and elsewhere.
So the AAPI community is something that is something very near and dear. It's his kin,
his daily experience continues to be informed very personal ways by the AAPI community.
This administration has worked hard to weave in Asian American cultures around the nation
into the national narrative. Things like the DREAM Act I think are really critical to helping
us all recognize the importance of children of immigrants and to recognize the contributions
of many, wherever they came from and however their families started out. The fact is that
the children of immigrants are a big part of what makes this country so powerful and
beautiful and successful. This administration has a much larger AAPI representation than
other administrations. That makes me feel very proud. My hope is that the AAPI community
will participate in unprecedented ways. Please come forward if you haven't already participated
politically. A wonderful place to begin, of course, is with a selection. Registering other
voters, speaking about why this presidency matters, speaking to what might be possible
and what we can build together in the future. Get involved by going to
We look forward to hearing from you.