Full disclosure: I’m a friend and have a lot of mutual friends with Jane Kim, and know her initially through a former 8Asians blogger (who used to be roommates with her). I think I may have donated to some of her past campaigns as well (though I generally don’t for people I can’t vote for).
I’ve blogged about Jane before, and attended her campaign kickoff when she first ran for San Francisco District 6 city supervisor back in 2010, and was impressed with her impassioned speech – made me proud to be a Democrat. Jane is now running for the California State Senate, for District 11 (the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area). And she recently shared her first campaign ad on Facebook which is now available on YouTube, titled “Fight”:
“Throughout Jane Kim’s career, she has made it her priority to stand up for working families and residents who might not otherwise have a voice in government. We need representatives in Sacramento who will fight for all of us. Join Jane Kim’s fight for California’s families at http://www.JaneKim.org.”
And fight she does! The ad shows her changing from her professional attire, putting her heeled shoes into her locker, and the her practicing Taekwondo and kicking ass! And informs the viewer that she has a black belt in Taekwondo and is fighting for the middle class. A nice contrast to what one might think of a stereotypically meek Asian woman and she’s ready to fight for the common man and woman in the California statehouse. If there was an AngryAsianWoman.com blog/site, I’d hope that person would use this image from her commercial as her site logo (as the site logo for AngryAsianMan.com is a Bruce Lee action figure):
When I first saw Jane’s commercial posted, I really wanted the soundtrack to be that of Rachel Platten’s “Fight Song”:
But I imagine getting the rights to that song would be pretty expensive … I don’t know much about Jane’s political race and opponents, but I doubt that any of them will fight as hard for what’s right for her constituents. I certainly wouldn’t want to fight Jane – I only two semesters of Taekwondo in college for my Physical Education requirement (the classes had the most flexible schedules – classes 7 days a week) and never tried getting beyond white belt …