When the United States of America is entering into Mid-Term Election, New Bhutanese Americans are also gradually moving forward to uphold US democratic process, principles and practices by participating into democracy. With focus on three important aspects-know New Hampshire party candidates, share untold stories to the state and the US legislators and learn democratic process, resettled Bhutanese in the Granite State host a house party.
The US senator, Tim Kaine (D-VA) who chairs the Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Near Eastern and South and Central Asian Affairs was featured in the event. Senator Tim Kaine encouraged the New Americans to participate in US democracy through this Mid-Term Election.
This house party was graced by NH state senators and state representatives; Donna Soucy, Lou D’allasandro, Councilor Chris Pappas, Senator Shaheen’s Husband Bill Shaheen and many other influential personalities and spoke in the event.
“NH has more than 200 Bhutanese Americans and I felt that these votes are very vital to strengthen the US democracy, therefore, I decided to organize this event”, said Kamal Basnet, the event host.
The event coordinator, Suraj Budathoki said, “I saw our people having inadequate knowledge of US political or democratic process and barely know their candidates. Thus, as a student of Applied Political Science at Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) and as an advocate for human rights in Bhutan, I felt it as a need to coordinate this event.”
About 100 Bhutanese and some Americans attended the ever first house party organized by Bhutanese in the state of New Hampshire. The event was sponsored by various Bhutanese individuals, American friends and Taj India