Asian/Pacific Islander American leaders in the federal government have been growing in numbers. In 1900, Robert Wilcox, a Hawaii native, was elected the first delegate to the United States Congress for Hawaii. He became the first A/PIA member of Congress. Now, in 2021, Kamala Harris is the first African American and Asian American woman to be Vice President of the U.S. While this upward trend is promising, there is still much lacking in terms of representation. Many A/PIA leaders in the government are in specific regions of the country, mostly representing California or Hawaii. In our research for this project, there was also a great lack of Pacific Islander leaders and representation.
A/PIA politicians have recently commented on the lack of representation in Biden’s Cabinet. Here is an example of A/PIA leaders fighting for the greater presence of A/PIA in federal government