Presidential Election Forum Review




On Friday, August 12, the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) and Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote (APIAVote) hosted the Presidential Election Forum at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada. It was a day of firsts.

The quad-partisan AAPI Presidential Election Forum was the first time during this election cycle that the top four leading presidential campaigns participated in an event together. It was also the first time that the Republican, Democratic, Libertarian, and Green Party presidential campaigns spoke at the same event to address the AAPI (Asian American and Pacific Islander) community at large.

In addition, the Forum brought together the largest-ever gathering of AAPI national organizations across multiple sectors. Close to 3,000 leaders from business, real estate, journalism, health care, law, faith, and more were in Las Vegas for the Forum and conferences. Over 80 AAPI community Watch Parties were also held in 24 states across the country and joined this historic event digitally in real-time.

The election forum was streamed live on NBC Asian America’s digital platforms with a pre-show hosted by Politico’s Seung-Min Kim and NBC Asian America’s Traci G. Lee. Major portions of the forum were also nationally broadcast on MSNBC.

At the Forum, the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) led by Representatives Judy Chu, Mike Honda and other members of Congress relayed a special message on how AAPI voters can swing this year’s election outcome as they have in the past two cycles.


View each candidate’s responses and speeches below:

Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson takes questions from MSNBC’s Richard Lui


Green Party candidate Dr. Jill Stein discusses her platform with MSNBC’s Richard Lui


Clinton Campaign surrogate, former President Bill Clinton speaks to the AAPI community


Trump Campaign surrogate, Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes takes the floor 


The Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) and Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote (APIAVote) teamed up with over twenty professional and community organizations to host the Presidential Election Forum with the 2016 presidential candidates, which took place during the 2016 AAJA National Convention August 10 – 13 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. AAJA would like to thank APIAVote and supporting organizations for helping to make this historic event a success and for their continued support.

Partner and Supporting Organizations


Partnering Organizations


Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum

Asian American Pacific Islander Leaders Forum

Asian Americans Advancing Justice

Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies

Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance

Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association

Asian Real Estate Association of America

Asian/Pacific Islander American Chamber of Commerce & Entrepreneurship

Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations

Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement

Empowering Pacific Islander Communities

International Leadership Foundation

Japanese American Citizens League – Student Youth Council

National Asian Pacific American Bar Association

National Association of Asian American Professionals

National Council of Asian Pacific Americans

National Korean American Service & Education Consortium

OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates

Southeast Asia Resource Action Center


AAJA would also like to thank all our volunteers who stepped up and took time out of their convention schedules to help. Without them, #AAJA16 would not have been possible. Thank you, convention volunteers!


  • Nuran Alteir
  • Helen Arase
  • Hannah Bae
  • Alaina Brown
  • James Bumrungjitt
  • Julianne Chiaet
  • C. Chris Chiang
  • Helen Cho
  • Agnes Constante
  • Yesenia Cuevas
  • Renee Eng
  • Erica Evans
  • Amber Guadez
  • Bryce Hanamoto
  • Lauren Hardie
  • Dorothy Hernandez
  • Marjorie Hernandez
  • Michael Herreria
  • Michaela Holland
  • Carol Hsiao
  • Nicholas Huynh
  • Randolph Huynh
  • Gene Kang
  • Jane Kim
  • Charlie Lapastora
  • Michelle Le
  • David Lee
  • Robert Lee
  • Bonne Lei
  • Jiaxian Liang
  • Vida Lin
  • Tiffany Liou
  • Andrew Marshall
  • Mia Monnier
  • Brian Nguyen
  • Nha Nguyen
  • Matthew Ormseth
  • Sonia Paul
  • Michelle Phan
  • Katelyn Putman
  • Neha Ramani
  • Jolena Sagaya
  • Kelyn Soong
  • Sophie Tran
  • Yifan You