It’s sad, but true. Asian Americans are the fastest growing community of color in the United States, but with the lowest voter turnout. Do your part by voting today. Find your polling location online, as well as getting information on candidates in your jurisdiction via GetToThePolls. And, when you do vote, keep your eye out for voting rights violations. Our friends at 18 Million Rising has created a tool for you to report those violations […] Continue »
Celebrating 15th anniv of LA City designation of Thai Town. TT has served as Thai immigrant entry point since 1965. pic.twitter.com/yjj9XYi0qs — APISmallBizProgram (@APISBP) October 28, 2014 America’s only officially recognized Thai town in Los Angeles celebrates its 15th Anniversary with everything from Thai desserts to local dignitaries. Recognized in 1999 in an effort to revitalize after the LA riots in 1992.
One weekend evening when I was home, I remembered I wanted to see and wound up watching To Be Takei via Comcast On Demand and thoroughly enjoyed the film. After viewing the documentary, I thought about what a remarkable life Takei has had, experiencing life as a child growing up in a World War II Japanese internment camp, to becoming a breakthrough and iconic Japanese American and Asian American actor (and in the closet) in […] Continue »
I recently had a random interesting conversation about American holidays with my mom. She was born in Taiwan, raised there, and didn’t immigrate out to America until she was about 30 years old. She told me that out of all the American holidays, she loves Halloween the most. I was really puzzled by this because she doesn’t really like to eat candy or dress up in costume all that much. She explained to me it […] Continue »
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.