My parents moved to the United States from the Philippines for the opportunity it would afford our family. My grandfather Benjamin Victoria also worked for that opportunity. He fought alongside American soldiers during WWII.
His memory ultimately motivated me to begin volunteering for then-Senator Obama back in 2007. Barack Obama understood the significance of recognizing Filipino soldiers like my grandfather, and he supported equity for Filipinos that fought in WWII. Even though my grandfather is no longer with us, his memory is honored by this President.
I consistently thought of my family as I was weighing whether to join the President’s re-election campaign, or not. I had a lucrative engineering job with a sense of job security. But, I wanted my family to see that we have a voice in this country as Asian Americans. We are more than just engineers, nurses, and people that are good at math and science. We have a voice in the direction of our country.
Still, it wasn’t an easy decision to make. I had many conversations with my parents and my fiancée about coming back for 2012 and how hard it would be. I thought about staying at my other job to help save for my upcoming wedding, but I knew this campaign was too significant. It’s important to show that people that look like me are a part of this movement -- and we’re not just in the data department.
That’s why I regularly talk about the election with my peers and family members. We all need to make sure we are registered and ready to vote. Only 50% of AAPI people who are eligible to vote are actually are registered to vote. If we speak with our friends and family about voting, we can help this President continue to move our country forward.
I’ve seen the impact one person can have on this campaign, but I can’t do it alone – join Asian American and Pacific Islanders for Obama today to help me and other AAPIs shape the future of our country.