Although it is rapidly growing, the Asian American community in the South is still learning to navigate the political process.
So in August 2017, when Abrams left her seat to campaign for governor, she ran and won, becoming only the second Asian American in Georgia’s Legislature.
During that time, the number of Asian American representatives in local government has grown from one to six.
(After she ran for office, Nguyen was a senior fellow at Abrams’ voting rights organization, Fair Fight Action.)
During her gubernatorial bid, Abrams invested in multilingual outreach efforts to the group and got 78 percent of its vote.