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Press Release: May 28, 2021

APAICS Applauds the Biden Administration on Reestablishment of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders


WASHINGTON – Today, President Biden reestablished the White House Initiative on Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders (WHIAANHPI) and selected Krystal Ka’ai, Executive Director of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC), as the Initiative’s Executive Director.


“We applaud President Biden for reestablishing WHIAANHPI and congratulate our colleague Krystal Ka’ai on becoming the first Native Hawaiian to serve as head of the Initiative, said Madalene Xuan-Trang Mielke, APAICS president and CEO. “The Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander community is the fastest growing demographic in the United States, and it is critical that our issues are heard in the Administration. Krystal has the leadership, experience and know-how to do just that, and we look forward to continue working with her at WHIAANHPI.”


The historic selection of Ka’ai to serve as executive director comes at a critical point in time, where the Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander community has been under attack, escalated by the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting hate and violence that has emerged.


APAICS thanks the Biden administration for selecting Krystal Ka’ai and for taking action to make sure AA and NHPI voices are heard.


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The Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS) is a national non-partisan, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting Asian Pacific American participation and representation at all levels of the political process, from community service to elected office.

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