NO on Prop 16 to Celebrate Asian-American Political Awakening of 2020 Campaign to Showcase Leadership and Supporters


For October 26, 2020

SAN DIEGO, CA – October 25, 2020 – The NO on Prop 16 campaign will hold a press conference on Zoom tomorrow, October 26, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. PDT to celebrate the political awakening of Asians of American descent in this election.

While vastly outmatched in fundraising dollars (by a ratio of more than 13 to 1), NO on Prop 16 nevertheless leads in the latest opinion survey conducted by the Public Policy Institute of California. This unlikely story would have never been possible without the support of a vast army of dedicated Asian-American volunteers and donors, many of whom participating in the political process for the first time this year. Indeed, over 90% of the NO campaign’s contributors are Americans of Asian descent, with many giving small dollar amounts to defend equality under the law.

This political movement is part of a larger national awakening of Asian Americans who refuse to accept racial discrimination at the hands of college administrators—from Harvard to Yale—who mouth platitudes about diversity and representation.

The NO on Prop 16 campaign will celebrate its achievement and showcase the leaders and supporters that make up this multigenerational, non-partisan political movement—from Asian-American leaders who grew up in California to first-generation immigrants finding their political voice.

On the California ballot this November, Proposition 16 seeks to amend the State Constitution by deleting the provision—adopted by voters in 1996 as Proposition 209—that prohibits racial discrimination and racial preferences in public contracting, public education, and public employment. 

The following speakers will be featured at the press conference tomorrow.

  • Betty Chu, honorary co-chair of No on Prop 16, former mayor of Monterey Park, first Chinese-American woman to co-found and run a bank, and the first Chinese-American woman in Southern California to pass the California bar. In this video, she discusses facing down discrimination 60 years ago.
  • Ling Kong, tech engineer, environmentalist, immigrant, Democrat, and Milpitas city commissioner. In this video, she says, “I believe in equal treatment under the law, but Prop 16 is the wrong solution.”
  • Joy Chen, director-at-large of the No on Prop 16 campaign, graduate of UC Berkeley in 2013 as a Prop 209 baby, and a veteran at technology giants in the Bay Area. 
  • Wenyuan Wu, executive director of the NO on Prop 16 campaign and the former Director of Administration at the Asian American Coalition for Education. Read her interview with the Wall Street Journal here.

Journalists who wish to attend the press conference can join according to the instructions below. Please kindly RSVP by emailing [email protected].

Topic: Press Conference on Asian-American Political Awakening and NO on Prop 16

Time: October 26, 2020 11:00 AM Pacific Time / 2:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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