From what I recall, I first heard about Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote (APIA) (“…a national nonpartisan organization that works with partners to mobilize Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in electoral and civic participation”) when I had attended the 2012 Democratic National Convention (DNC) and met Christine Chen, the Executive Director. Since the November 2014 mid-term elections are coming up, APIA is spreading the word about voting. As part of that effort, APIA is [...] Continue »
Being a blogger for 8Asians, I am on a lot of email lists, including the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies one, and was pleasantly surprised to hear recently that Asian American candidates are running in record numbers this November in the mid-term elections, with the highlights including: Top 4 states with AAPI’s running for elected office: Hawaii (73), California (17), Washington (11), and Maryland (10). Many candidates are trailblazers in their communities: Republican [...] Continue »
As reported by CBS News, North Korea has refused to allow a high level envoy to retrieve three American citizens from their detainment. The three include Matthew Miller of Bakersfield, CA; Jeffrey Fowle of Miamisburg, Ohio; and Kenneth Bai of Lynwood, Washington.
As reported in Bankok Post, Thai American BMX racer Amanda Carr wins Gold at the Incheon Games, beating out competitors from all over Asia, including China, South Korea, Indonesia, and Japan. Born in Florida, Carr plans to represent Thailand on the Thai cycling team at the 2016 Olympic Games at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Living in California, I almost forgot that there is an Asian American running for governor for the state – Indian American candidate Neel Kashkari. If his name sounds familiar, it’s most likely that you’ve heard of Kashkari due to his involvement in the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), where he administered the funds. If you ever want to see someone grilled in a Congressional hearing and take a lot of heat, you need to [...] Continue »
NPR reports yet another state courting the Asian American vote. As the fastest growing minority in the state, Asian Americans are now 5% of the state and make up significant voting blocks in certain communities. The two ads here are in Korean, airing on Korean language channels in the state.
Part 1/3 I had the privilege to attend the only debate (at least in the press pool at NBC Bay Area) this fall between candidate Ro Khanna and Congressman Mike Honda, who is running for re-election for California’s 17th Congressional District in November. Due to California’s new open primary season, these two Democrats are facing each other after the June primary. For those into Democratic politics, this is the debate that politicos are watching. The [...] Continue »
Hong Kong’s pro-democracy revolution is characterized by this powerful hashtag. I’m not a big fan of hashtags, but this one is different. And this post is long overdue. Some catch-up if you’ve been ignoring the news, and some musings after the jump. With a name derived from the umbrellas used to protect protesters from tear gas and pepper spray on September 28 and storms on days since, this revolution is a fight for the right to elect their leader. [...] Continue »
Paulus Magus: Liberals like to look for reasons to be offended. It's hot they find purpose in life. – Why Are Asians Yellow?
Paulus Magus: Asians produce a type of melanin called phaeomelanin. Phaemelanin is yellow. Just as white people are not ivory, but peachy-to-bronze, so Asians are not crayola... – Why Are Asians Yellow?
Azus: From a Chinese perspective, the term 'yellow' was actually self-imposed when Westerners, primarily European, were carving out spheres of influence across the country. The Chinese... – Why Are Asians Yellow?