NCAPA 2012 Policy Platform Release Sept. 20, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  September 14, 2012

Contact: Dana Chapnick  301-270-1855


WHAT: A telephonic press briefing and webinar for the launch of the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans’ 2012 Policy Platform: Framing Issues and Recommendations to Improve the Lives of the Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Communities. The 2012 Policy Platform follows a tradition NCAPA, a project of the Tides Center, began in 2004 to present a comprehensive set of policy recommendations related to the AA & NHPI community in the issue areas of Civil Rights, Education, Health, Housing and Economic Justice, and Immigration every four years.

WHO: Deepa Iyer, Chair, NCAPA; Executive Director, South Asian American Leading Together
Lisa Hasegawa, Vice-Chair, NCAPA; Executive Director, National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development
Doua Thor, Vice-Chair, NCAPA; Executive Director, Southeast Asia Resource Action Center
NCAPA Committee Co-Chairs

DATE:       Thursday, September 20, 2012


WHERE: To register for this press conference and webinar, please visit:  

WHY:  Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (AA & NHPI) – the fastest growing racial group in the United States – represent 6% of the total United States population. At least 18.5 million AA & NHPIs (including multi-racial and multi-ethnic community members) reside in the United States, representing over 50 ethnic groups and speaking over 100 different languages in addition to English.

Between 2000 and 2010, the Asian American population grew by at least 46% and the Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander population grew by at least 40%. NCAPA hopes that the Policy Platform can once again inform candidates and community members today, and policy makers the next four years, about the opportunities and challenges facing the AA & NHPI community and the United States.


The National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA), founded in 1996, is a coalition of 31 Asian Pacific American organizations around the country.  NCAPA serves to represent the interests of the Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander community and to provide a national voice on policy issues and priorities. More information about NCAPA is available at  For information about this statement, please contact Dana Chapnick, NCAPA Program Director, at 301-270-1855 or email