Thursday, October 28, 2004

Join Us in Supporting John Kerry

ASIAN-PACIFIC AMERICAN FILM STARS, AUTHORS, ARTISTS NATIONWIDE ENDORSE JOHN F. KERRY

October 28, 2004 - MILWAUKEE - A diverse and dedicated array of Asian-Pacific American (APA) arts, media, literary and entertainment figures today joined to unequivocally endorse Senator John F. Kerry for President.

The United Coalition of Asian and Pacific Islander American Independent Arts, Culture and Media Professionals was launched by filmmaker Eric Byler and author Stewart David Ikeda on Sunday and in 48 hours gathered a veritable “who's who” of today's APA culture-makers eager to sign an endorsement statement posted today at http://artists.apaforkerry.org.

From mainstream movie stars to experimental performance artists, and from new immigrants to fifth-generation multi-racials, the Coalition joined to express their unanimous conviction that John F. Kerry is the best choice to "lead our country and all our diverse communities as the next President of our United States."

The burgeoning list of signatories included actors George Takei, Rosalind Chao, Tamlyn Tomita, Zoe Bui, Jacqueline Kim, Ravi Kapoor, Katie Luong, and Dennis Dunn; playwrights David Henry Hwang and Philip Kan Gotanda; filmmakers John Woo, Justin Lin, Greg Pak, Byler, Gene Cajayon, Lisa Onodera, and Grace Lee; authors Gish Jen, Garrett Hongo, Jessica Hagedorn, Phoebe Eng, Chang-rae Lee, David Mura, Marina Budhos, and Jeff Yang; stage and performance artists Ping Chong, Dan Kwong, Erin May Ling Quill; as well as architects, curators, cartoonists, digerati, and graphic, installation, multimedia and industrial artists.

"John Kerry has truly listened to, understood, and committed himself to taking positive action on our communities' specific concerns," says Ikeda. "He has built a campaign outreach team, detailed policy plans, and a bold, positive vision for America that is more inclusive and more uniting than any I've seen before."

Byler added, "The members of our coalition are not involved in politics. But we are inspired by and create from our communities – and to the extent that we represent them, we wanted to issue a clear, positive message: APAs can help make a difference in this election, and we are taking it upon ourselves as a community to elect a President in John Kerry, who will restore our national security, our economy, and our dedication to the expansion of Civil Liberties, Civil Rights and equality under the law."

The coalition statement, supporting documentation, ongoing updates to the endorsement list, volunteer information, articles and other features can be located at http://artists.apaforkerry.org. Additional materials made available for media and webmasters including freely reprintable drop-in commentaries by supporters, links to downloadable organizing tools, in-language materials, PSAs, and more will be added late today at http://artists.apaforkerry.org/artists/media.html.


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For more information, contact artists@apaforkerry.org or call 414-510-3934 or 414-906-1125.