LSA’s program in Asian/Pacific Islander American Studies within the Department of American Culture at the University of Michigan commemorates Vice President Kamala Harris’s historic and groundbreaking election. Though Kamala Harris is the first Asian American elected to this office, we also celebrate the Asian/Pacific Islander Americans in politics, activism, and military service who came before her. The tide of Michigan and American politics is changing, as Asian/Pacific Islander Americans continue to fill spaces of power and fight for equal representation. With Kamala Harris assuming the vice presidency, she holds the door open for many more to follow.
“My mother had a saying: ‘Kamala, you may be the first to do many things, but make sure you’re not the last.”
– Kamala Harris, Vice President of the United States