Dec 21 Rest in Peace, Senator Daniel K. Inouye
Ivy Ngo

On December 17, 2012, Senator Daniel Inouye, the most senior ranking member of Congress, passed away at the age of 88. Senator Inouye has represented the state of Hawaii in the House and Senate for over five decades, since Hawaii’s statehood in 1959.

Dec 18 What the Fiscal Cliff Means for Elder Programs
Doua Thor

Everywhere you turn these days, it seems that you can’t get away from talk of the “fiscal cliff.” As advocates for elders, we too, are concerned with the impending austerity measures and how, if triggered, they will impact funding for programs for our elder generations.

Dec 4 SEARAC 2012 Civic Engagement Efforts
Tong Thao

...true civic engagement does not start and end with election season, nor should civic engagement be reduced to the act of voting. The importance of staying active in the community, continually advocating for and on behalf of your community, your interest, your values, and your future are the core of being civically engaged...

Nov 17 Meet SEARAC's Interns: Nancy Xiong, UC Berkeley
Nancy Xiong

Nyob zoo (Hello)! My name is Nancy Xiong and I grew up in Merced, a small town in the heart of California. I recently graduated from UC Berkeley (Go Bears!) last May with a BA in Public Health and a minor in Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies.

Nov 16 Meet SEARAC's Interns: Kalia Vang, Georgetown University
Kalia Vang

My name is Kalia Vang and I am a senior at Georgetown University, pursuing a major in Government (with a concentration in American Politics) and minors in Women's and Gender Studies and Sociology.

Oct 10 Rally for Affirmative Action
Kalia Vang, Education Policy Associate Intern
Sep 25 Have You Registered to Vote Yet?

Today is National Voter Registration Day! The results of this year’s election will impact the policies affecting our diverse communities. Your vote and your voice is needed to elect lawmakers who will craft comprehensive policies that uplifts our communities, especially on issues like immigration, education, health care reforms, and Social Security.

Be part of this national civic engagement movement as we make sure the voices of Southeast Asian Americans are heard. Register to vote online here on our website! 

Aug 27 Grandparent's Day is September 9th!
Pang Houa Toy

Grandparents Day is September 9, and SEARAC is launching our “Grandparent Wisdom” project to celebrate!

To participate, simply visit our tumblr site to submit a photo of your grandparent(s) and answer the question: “What have your grandparents taught you?”

Then, visit to “Like” your favorite photo. SEARAC will give away a SEARAC t-shirt to the person whose photo gets the most “Likes” by September 9th at midnight. The winner will be announced on September 10th.

Questions? E-mail us at

Aug 14 Reflections on Social Security from a Young Person
Ivy Ngo

Earlier this summer, I participated in the National Academy of Social Insurance’s seminar for young people, “Demystfying Social Security.” It was a great experience to engage with summer interns and learn from other young people on the Social Security program, and it’s reaffirmed my deep appreciation for Social Security as a key tenet of the our social safety net.

Jul 10 Meet SEARAC's Summer Interns: Fue Lee, Carleton College
Fue Lee

Hi, my name is Fue Lee and I am from Minneapolis, MN. I am a rising senior at Carleton College majoring in Political Science/International Relations. I was born in Thailand and my family came to the United States as refugees when I was a year old. My family settled in Massachusetts for one year before coming to Minnesota.