Asian American Feminism x Politics

Fri, Jun 2, 2017 @ 7:30pm - 9:30pm

Admission is free with RSVP


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Join NAPAWF*NYC and the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) for the fifth and final installment of our series, Asian American Feminism x Politics, to hear from Asian American elected officials on their experiences serving the community, practicing Asian American feminism, and navigating local, state, and national politics. The final installment brings together previous conversations on movement building in the Trump Era to think through material justice in the arena of legislative politics.


Assemblywoman Yuh-Line Niou, Councilmember Margaret S. Chin, Councilmember Jannie Chung of Closter, NJ, and Program Associate of The New American Leaders Project Marian Guerra will discuss the work of their respective offices and how Asian American feminism shapes and informs their issue areas such as immigrant and refugee rights, affordable housing, domestic violence, surveillance and police violence, and workers’ rights. Speakers will also discuss their experiences campaigning, legislating, and doing community-based work.


NAPAWF*NYC, the New York City chapter of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum, is a community of Asian American/Pacific Islander women dedicated to advocating for the advancement and wellness of AAPI women in New York City through the provision of multi-issue resources and a robust support network. Twitter: @napawfnyc #AAFeminism

Councilmember Jannie Chung of Closter, NJ
Jannie is a Councilwoman from Closter, a town she has lived in for close to 30 years. In a town that has a Korean population of over 20% Jannie was proud to be the first Korean American elected official. Jannie currently sits on the Public Safety Committee Human Resources Committee, Zoning Board, Board of Health and is the Chair of the Public Works Committee. Jannie is also on Congressman Josh Gottheimer’s Women’s Advisory Council.


Jannie’s personal passions can be easily identified through the volunteer work she has done. She has assisted at free immigration clinics organized by the Minkwon Center, participated in the Volunteer Lawyer for a Day program with the NYC Civil Courts and has also been a SCORE counselor in Bergen County. Jannie continues to do pro bono consulting for small business owners as well as contracts for a small financial firm.


This year Jannie is running for NJ State Assembly in the 39th District. This would make her the first Asian American female NJ state legislator and would allow her to represent a population that is currently being represented by 0 Asian Americans in Trenton.


She is happily and proudly supported by her husband Henry and her 6-year-old son, Remus, who thinks everyone should vote for mommy because she makes good food.

Marian Guerra, Program Associate, The New American Leaders Project

A first-generation Filipina American, Marian is committed to building the political power of immigrants and women of color. Marian is the Program Associate at the New American Leaders Project, the only national nonpartisan organization that trains immigrants and children of immigrants to run for office. There, she supports a national pipeline of progressive movement leaders who are closing the representation gap, diversifying government and advancing inclusive policies in their states.

In 2016, she co-founded the Filipino American Democratic Club of New York. As the club’s Political Director, she supports programs that bring more Filipinos into the political process and build the bench of leadership within the Filipino community. This year, the club formed the Coalition to Defend Little Manila with other community and advocacy groups to fight against gentrification in Woodside, Queens. Marian also directs Asian American Millennials Unite, an online blog that engages Asian American youth in the electoral process.

Marian holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Columbia University, where she presided over the school’s Filipino student organization, Liga Filipina, on its Typhoon Haiyan fundraising and relief efforts.

Assemblymember Yuh Line Niou

Yuh-Line Niou has spent her career working on legislative issues and advocacy, gathering a wealth of experience and skills. In 2016, Yuh-Line was elected to serve the 65th Assembly District. She will bring her expertise and passion to Albany to fight for the issues most important to the district’s unique community.


Yuh-Line Niou began working on state policy as an intern while still in college, eventually accepting a position with the Washington State House Health Committee Chair. While there, she helped develop policies to expand senior access to prescription medication, improve women’s health care, and expand health coverage for low-income families. Yuh-Line then went on to work as an advocate and organizer on anti-poverty issues, building a broad coalition to fight predatory lending and help low-income families build assets.

After moving to New York, Yuh-Line completed her Master’s in Public Administration within the National Urban Fellowship, working on critical regional and international environmental concerns. She then served as Chief of Staff for Assemblymember Ron Kim where, under her leadership, Assemblymember Kim’s office helped thousands of immigrants, small-business owners, teachers, seniors, workers, and students. She has drafted legislation to expand language access for immigrant communities, fought for more affordable housing, and expanded services for seniors.

She currently lives in the Financial District with her handsome dog, Mr. Puds.

Councilmember Margaret Chin

Margaret Chin took office in the New York City Council in 2010, as the representative for District 1, Lower Manhattan. Margaret is Chair of the Council’s Committee on Aging, and is a member of the Committees on Education, Youth Services, Rules, and Transportation. Margaret is a proud founding member of the Progressive Caucus and a member of the Women’s Caucus. Margaret is also Co-Vice Chair of the Black, Latino, and Asian Caucus


Margaret Chin immigrated to the U.S. with her family from Hong Kong when she was nine years old. She grew up in NYC Chinatown and attended P.S. 130 and JHS 65. She graduated from the Bronx High School of Science and from the City College of New York with a degree in education.
For over a decade, Margaret worked at Asian Americans for Equality (AAFE), an organization that she helped to form when she was in college. At AAFE, she fought for affordable housing, as well equal opportunities for immigrant families. Before taking office, Margaret successfully fought to get bilingual ballots for the Asian community.


Margaret is married to Alan Tung, a public school teacher. Their son, Kevin, attended public schools.

Margaret’s mother is a retired garment worker and still lives in Chinatown.