Category Archives: Local

Asian American Candidates Tie after Recount – Winner Determined by Drawing Lots

I wrote before about how every vote can make a difference, and when I wrote the story, Murali Srinivasan was beating Justin Wang for Sunnyvale City Council by just one vote.  A recount found 3 more ballots – two for … Continue reading

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One Vote Victory, Recounts, and Failed Recount Requests: Asian American Votes do Matter

Our writer John has written about Asian American voter apathy over the years and sometimes brings it up when we have lunch, but for me, three recent events really bring out the importance of Asian American votes.  The first is … Continue reading

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From Homeless Single Mother to Oakland Mayor: Sheng Thao wins through Ranked Choice Voting

In an amazing journey from being a homeless single mother living in a car, Sheng Thao was elected mayor of Oakland. The journey is even more amazing considering that in the initial count of votes, Thao was in second place.  … Continue reading

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Exploring the History of San Jose’s Pinoytown

I have been going to San Jose Japantown for most of my adult life, but the only thing Filipino there that I noticed was a small Filipino community center building.  Only after taking a Historical Walking Tour of the area … Continue reading

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Asian American Commercial Watch: Lanhee Chen for California State Controller

I first heard of Lanhee Chen when he had first worked for then Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney as a policy advisor, and I met him the first time when he was a Hoover Fellow at Stanford University discussing his … Continue reading

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Asian American Commercial Watch: Sheng Thao for Oakland Mayor: “Determined”

Although I live in the San Francisco Bay Area (since 1999), I’ve never lived in Oakland and rarely make it there, but I do know that Oakland City Council member Sheng Thao is running for Mayor of Oakland this November. … Continue reading

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12 Ways to Celebrate Filipino American History Month

Google published 10 Ways to Celebrate Filipino American History, which is appropriate as October is Filipino American History Month. The article talks about learning about and honoring notable Filipino Americans like Larry Itliong, Lea Salonga, and Victoria Manalo Draves. It’s … Continue reading

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NYC Theater Review: peerless at Primary Stages

Jiehae Park’s dark comedy peerless about the high pressure stakes of elite college admissions is now playing at Primary Stages at 59E59 Theaters in New York City. This twist on Macbeth features twin Asian American sisters, M and L, who … Continue reading

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Reporter David Louie retires after 50 years with ABC7

If you live in the San Francisco Bay Area in the last 50 years, you probably have seen local television reporter David Louie. After working at ABC7 News for over 50 years, he will be retiring in October: After 50 … Continue reading

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San Francisco Street Renamed ‘Vicha Ratanapakdee Way’ for 84-year-old Thai Killed

Back in January of this year, I had attended the one year anniversary of the deadly assault against 84-year-old Vicha Ratanapakdee while on a walk in San Francisco. Recently, there was a ceremony to rename the street where ‘Grandpa Vicha’ … Continue reading

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Japanese American Tanforan Memorial Internment Camp Ribbon Cutting & Statue Unveiling

A few weekends ago on Saturday, August 27th afternoon, I attended in San Bruno, California (just south of San Fransisco), the Tanforan Memorial Ribbon Cutting and Statue Unveiling: “During World War II, the U.S. Army converted what was then the … Continue reading

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8Asians Exclusive: Interview with Jay Chen for Congress

(Full disclosure: I’ve donated to Jay’s campaign and endorse his run for Congress.) The last time I had interviewed Taiwanese American Jay Chen was back in 2012 when I first met him at the 2012 Democratic National Convention (DNC). Recently, … Continue reading

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