Photo Gallery: Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Discussion on the Minimum Wage and AAPI Workers
(May 29, 2013)
- Acting Secretary Seth D. Harris (at podium) discusses the effect that a higher minimum wage will have on AAPI workers and their families.
- Lisa Hasegawa, executive director, National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development says the AAPI community is one of the fastest growing poverty populations in the U.S.
- Kiran Ahuja (right), executive director, White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders dispels myth that every person in the AAPI community "is a spelling bee champion, mathematician or lawyer."
- Rachana Shah (center), legislative assistant to U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (NY), discusses efforts in the U.S. House to sponsor a bill to raise the federal minimum wage.
- Ana Ma, chief of staff, Department of Labor moderates the panel discussion.
- Phil Tom, director, Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, Department of Labor says that while self-employment in the AAPI community is common, it still leaves many workers struggling just to afford the basics.
- Parag Mehta, special assistant, Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, Department of Labor provides closing remarks.