Michigan Asian/Pacific-Islander American politicians and activists have played crucial — if often overlooked — roles as leaders within their communities and beyond. Activists such as Grace Lee Boggs and Helen Zia set precedent for generations of new activists, breaking down racial monoliths and stereotypes of identity with their intersectional work in Civil Rights and lesbian and gay activism. Michigan A/PIA politicians Padma Kuppa and Stephanie Chang are pioneers as the first Asian American members of the Michigan Senate and House. As a whole, Michigan A/PIA leaders have always been active within their communities. But it is only in recent years that they have begun to receive attention for their hard work.
assumed office as the Ann Arbor 2nd Ward City Council Member.
currently serving as Macomb County Commissioner.
assumed office as a member of the Michigan House of Representatives, representing District 41. Kuppa is the first Indian immigrant and Hindu in the Michigan Legislature.
assumed office as a member of the Michigan house of representatives. On January 1, 2019, Chang became a member of the Michigan Senate, representing District 1. Chang is the first Asian American woman elected to the Michigan legislature.