AAPI are #StrongerTogether

One of the most exciting events this year was the four-day Democratic National Convention, held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. At the birthplace of American democracy, visitors from all over the nation attended to be a part of the backstage productions or to enjoy the jaw-dropping speeches.

Thanks to Delegate Mark Keam’s introduction, our team of Managing Partners Minh and Wendy, and our close associate Vihanh, Chief Operating Officer at BCLC Global, were invited to be the leads for the AAPI (Asian American Pacific Islanders) (click here for more info) specialty media team.

AAPI are #StrongerTogether

“Early Sunday morning, our team loaded our suitcases and equipment into my mom’s reliable, blue minivan. We set out on a three hour drive with much excitement and curiosity. As usual, we bounced ideas to achieve our goals. We needed to create empowering videos to encourage and highlight the significance of AAPI’ vote in this 2016 election.

Arriving, we were delighted to see a large group of energetic, focused, and passionate individuals all ready to hustle and make a difference in the community. The fast-pace and enthusiastic atmosphere was undeniable as we moved from conducting interviews for different senators, delegates, and regular folks, to heading to the Wells Fargo Center for more filming and photography. The crowd was super energetic while holding up their signs. I got one for Michelle Obama (with much excitement)!

AAPI are #StrongerTogether
AAPI are #StrongerTogether

As we grinded from early morning to late night, our team bonded on a more personal and professional level. One guy said: “Yeah, we slept 4 hours, but just suck it up for this week then go home and sleep for 2 days.” So yes, we truly understood each other. Thursday (the last day of the convention) passed like the last day at a childhood’s summer camp – “Don’t forget me. Hope to see you soon, keep in touch!”. After such the exhausting, continuous work hours, we took a little detour to the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall at 1 AM. It was a great ambience to just feel that we were a part of history that week and now we’re revisiting the history from centuries ago.

Some take aways were knowledge on politics, and the wonderful experience itself. We learned how to work with different people by understanding them, adapting quickly to changes, and practicing patience. One speaker said, “If you don’t have a seat at the table, then you’re on the menu”. To have others care about what you think, you have to speak up. We’re often told to keep our heads down, to not stick our necks out for things that don’t involve us, but living in a society that changes constantly, we need to be more active and participate more in society so our voices can be heard, because we matter.”

AAPI are #StrongerTogether
AAPI are #StrongerTogether

Rep. Judy Chu with members of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) take the main stage of the DNC for the first time in history of the AAPI community.

Keep an eye out for our #StrongerTogether social video and take a look at our DNC summary video!

P.S. Try the famous donuts from Beiler’s Bakery whenever you are in Philly…they’re amazing!

[wendy]

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