These pages were recently updated:
Obama on Asian American Issues: 6/19/16
Agenda for America: 1/16/14
Affirmative Action Backfires: 4/5/15
Asian American Faculty: 6/26/16
Colleges 2015: 8/30/15
Colleges 2016: 9/27/16
Colleges 2017: 11/7/16
Free the North Koreans: 2/23/14
Hate Crimes: 10/23/16
Law Firms: 7/18/15
Medical Schools: 10/26/14
Statistics on Reverse Discrimination: 9/27/16
Hall of Shame: Obama Dept. of Justice: 9/11/16
Hall of Shame: TV Medical Shows (Bigots for the Left: Asian American men do not exist): 11/5/16
Hate Crimes: 7/31/16
Voting Records: 5/15/16
Bigots for the Left who cast Asian American men as doctors in TV medical shows: only two in 50+ years:
“Three Rivers”: Daniel Henney as Dr. David Lee; “House, M.D.”: Kai Penn as Dr. Lawrence Kutner;
Kenneth Choi as obstetrician in first season, episode “Maternity” which aired December 7, 2004, and
anonymous Asian American men who appeared on the hospital’s board of directors and disciplinary
See Hall of Shame: TV Medical Shows
Evil corporations which feature Asian Americans in commercials:
Asian American men: AT&T, Anheuser-Busch (Budweiser), Bank of America, Barclays Global Investors,
Capital One, Careerbuilder.com, Circuit City, Cisco, Citibank, Comcast, CSX, Dodge, Domino’s,
Edward Jones (stock brokerage), eHarmony, ESPN, FedEx, Gillette, GlaxoSmithKline, Hillshire Farm,
HughesNet, Intel, Kashi (health foods), Mars (candy), McDonald’s, NFL Network, Nortel, Procter & Gamble
(Bounce sheets), Range Rover, Schick, Solvay Pharmaceuticals (Trilipix), State Farm, Subway restaurants,
UBS, UPS, U.S. Postal Service, Verizon Wireless, Volkswagen, Wendy’s
Asian American women: American Express, Audi, Bank of America, Bausch & Lomb, Best Buy, Brittoni,
Cisco, Cort, CVS pharmacy, Dunkin’ Donuts, Enterprise Rent-a-Car, Franklin Templeton, Geico,
General Motors (Cadillac), Hyundai, IBM, Ikea, Intel, Kellogg, Kraft, Lowe’s, Marriott, MassMutual,
McDonald’s, MFS Investment Management, Michelin, Microsoft, New York Times, Pfizer, Quiznos,
SAP (software), S.C. Johnson, State Farm, Target, TD Waterhouse, U.S. Trust, Visa, Volvo, Wells Fargo
Both: American Express, Boeing, Citigroup, Disney, Geico, Hartford, Hilton, Lowe’s, Olay, Priceline,
For current news about Asian Americans, go to www.google.com, click on “news” and type “Asian American”
or “Chinese American” or “Japanese American” etc.
11/6/16 Voice of America: “Growth of Asian Electorate Translates to Political Power”
by Elizabeth Lee
LOS ANGELES — Asians are the fastest-growing racial group in the United States, and that is resulting in a surge in the Asian-American electorate. The impact of the Asian vote can be especially prominent in California, the state with the largest Asian-American population in the country.
11/4/16 Variety: “Asian Actors in Comic Book Films Respond to ‘Doctor Strange’ Whitewashing Controversy”
by Lawrence Yee
With “Doctor Strange” opening this weekend, the “whitewashing” controversy surrounding the casting of Tilda Swinton as The Ancient One in “Doctor Strange” has resurfaced.
Both director Scott Derrickson and writer Jon Spaihts have defended Swinton, rationalizing that casting a woman in the role of a man was already a diversity choice.
But some Asian visibility groups, notably the Media Action Network for Asian Americans (MANAA), have rejected these rationalizations, arguing that an Asian woman could have been cast instead of the British actress. As MANAA’s former president Guy Aoki noted, “whitewashing” of Asian comic book characters has happened before, citing The Mandarin (Guy Pearce) in “Iron Man” and Talia al Ghul (Marion Cotillard) in “The Dark Knight Rises” as examples.
11/4/16 Riverside, CA Press Enterprise: “Asian American civil rights group launches major effort protecting voters limited in English”
By Alejandra Molina
An Asian American civil rights group will monitor hundreds of polling places across Southern California to ensure voters who speak limited English have the necessary information to be able to vote.
11/4/16 San Jose Mercury News: “South Bay: Asian candidates proliferate on ballot”
By Sharon Noguchi
When Michael Chang won a seat on the Cupertino school board 25 years ago, he became only the second Chinese-American trustee then serving in Santa Clara County.
For Tuesday’s election, 29 Asian-American candidates filed for school board seats in the county, or 22 percent of the total. That matches exactly the percentage of Asian-American registered voters in the county — and observers believe is the most in any California county.
11/3/16 Variety: “Asian American Media Group Blasts Tilda Swinton Casting in ‘Doctor Strange’”
by Lawrence Yee
The Media Action Network for Asian Americans (MANAA) has blasted the casting choice of Tilda Swinton in “Doctor Strange” on the eve of the Marvel Studio movie’s opening weekend.
In a lengthy statement released Thursday, the organization said the film was “tarnished” by the “whitewashing” of “The Ancient One” — the title character’s mentor.
In the film, the British actress plays “The Ancient One,” who in the original comic book is portrayed as a Tibetan male.
11/3/16 ABC News: “Asian-American Millennials Pushing to Become a Political Force”
By Stacy Chen
Andrew Sam, a junior at UCLA, is passionate about the need to increase Asian-American political participation.
Asian-Americans are the fastest-growing racial group in the U.S. and have among the highest education levels.
But turnout among Asian-Americans was 47.3 percent in the 2012 presidential election, slightly below Hispanics at 48 percent and far below blacks at 66.2 percent and whites at 62.2 percent, according to the U.S. Census.
11/3/16 Huffington Post: “Celebrity PSA Warns South Asian-American Trump Voters Of ‘Trickle-Down Racism’”
by Carol Kuruvilla
In response to Donald Trump’s cringeworthy attempts to court the support of South Asian Americans, a group of actors, musicians, and writers have joined forces to send their own message to the community.
11/1/16 Asia Times: “The Clinton ghosts that could haunt Asian Americans; A Hillary Clinton White House would be accompanied by a tense geopolitical backdrop, especially when it comes to Sino-US relations”
By Doug Tsuruoka
There could be a slew of implications for Asian Americans — both positive and negative — if Hillary Clinton wins the race for the White House.
With polls showing the bulk of Asian American voters swinging to the Democrats this year, their clout can only grow under a Clinton presidency.
At the same time, the issue of political donations from the Asian American community may again draw scrutiny if past scandals from the 1990s involving the Democratic Party are any guide.
10/31/16 WUNC: “NC’s Asian-American Electorate Grows, But Will They Vote?”
By Leoneda Inge
A new report shows Asian Americans are the fastest-growing racial demographic in North Carolina.
It also shows this group of largely independent voters could turn out to be a key swing vote in this upcoming election – if they show up at the polls.
10/31/2016 The Huffington Post: “Hilarious ‘Fresh Off The Boat’ Video Tells Asian-Americans To Go Vote”
Asian-Americans have the lowest voter turnout. Time to change that.
by Kimberly Yam
If you’re still on the fence about voting this presidential election, the cast of “Fresh Off The Boat” will change your mind, for shore.
10/30/16 Pasadena Star-News: “Are Asian Americans excluded by Arcadia’s at-large elections? One group says yes”
By Christopher Yee
ARCADIA: A Chinese American rights group is threatening to sue the city if it does not switch from at-large City Council elections to ones by district, a change they say will help increase the representation of Asian Americans on the dais.
10/29/16 Asian American Press: “In-Language Hotline for Asian American Voters”
From now until Election Day on Nov. 8, volunteers will be available in eight languages – English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, Vietnamese, Bengali, Urdu, Hindi, and Tagalog – to help those with questions about voting, how to find a polling place, or to learn about any ID requirements. Voters can seek answers to their questions through the Advancing Justice | AAJC and APIAVote hotline, 1-888-API-VOTE (888-274-8683).
10/28/16 WBEZ: “Kirk Comment Upsets Some Asian-American Voters”
by Odette Yousef
Illinois U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk apologized Friday morning for a comment he made about his opponent’s ethnic heritage during a debate.
“Sincere apologies to an American hero, Tammy Duckworth, and gratitude for her family’s service,” Kirk wrote in a tweet.
Duckworth, an Iraq War veteran of mixed Chinese and Caucasian heritage, had cited during the debate her family’s history of military service in the U.S., saying it dated back to the American Revolution. Kirk responded with sarcasm, saying he’d “forgotten” Duckworth’s “parents came all the way from Thailand to serve George Washington.”
10/28/16 NBC News: “Illinois Senator Draws Fire for Racially Charged Attack on Opponent’s Family”
by Alexandra Jaffe and Traci G. Lee
Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk is again under fire for making racially-charged comments, this time for questioning the military service of his Democratic opponent’s family.
During Thursday night’s debate between Kirk and challenger Rep. Tammy Duckworth, Duckworth spoke about her desire to be in the Senate as a voice of reason and referenced her family’s history of service, saying, “My family has served this nation in uniform, going back to the Revolution. I’m a daughter of the American Revolution. I’ve bled for this nation. But I still want to be there in the Senate when the drums of war sound. Because people are quick to sound the drums of war, and I want to be there to say this is what it costs, this is what you’re asking us to do. … Families like mine are the ones that bleed first.”
Kirk responded: “I had forgotten that your parents came all the way from Thailand to serve George Washington.”
10/28/2016 Huffington Post: “Asian American Voters in the 2016 Election, Part 2”
by Taeku Lee, Ph.D.
Our first installment on Asian American voters reviewed the potential for this often disregarded group to be pivotal in 2016 and reported findings from the most recent survey of their vote preferences in this year’s presidential and Congressional races. Asian American voters, in sum, find overwhelming favor with Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton over Republican nominee Donald Trump and with Democratic congressional candidates over their Republican counterparts. To review: in the race to be our 45th president, Clinton outpolled Trump 63 percent to 17 percent (or a two-way split of 78 percent to 22 percent). In down-ballot congressional races, Democrats were favored over Republicans by a 59 percent to 21 percent margin (or a two-way split of 74 percent to 26 percent).
10/27/16 NPR: “South Korean Adopted At Age 3 Is To Be Deported Nearly 40 Years Later”
by Camila Domonoske
Adam Crapser was brought to the United States when he was 3, to start a new life — new parents, new culture, new country.
But his adoptive parents didn’t complete his citizenship papers. Then they abandoned him to the foster care system.
And now, as a 41-year-old father of four, he’s being deported. Despite his appeals for help, he has been ordered to be sent back to South Korea, a country The Associated Press describes as “completely alien to him.”
10/27/16 Facing South: “10 North Carolina races where Asian Americans could sway the outcome”
By Allie Yee
In the political battleground state of North Carolina, Asian Americans have emerged as the fastest-growing racial demographic and a growing part of the state’s electorate.
Over 100,000 Asian Americans are now eligible to vote in North Carolina, with the number of registered Asian Americans growing 130 percent between 2006 and 2014, according to a recent report called “A Growing Voice: Asian American Voters in North Carolina” released by the Institute for Southern Studies and several partner organizations.
10/26/16 Asia Times: “Five graphs that explain the Asian American electorate”
By Kenny Hodgart and Patrick Dunne
Any understanding of Asian Americans as a coherent demographic entity owes more to convenience than anything else: as the pie chart below shows, they make up anything but a homogenous group. Equally, it would be unwise to suggest that they are in a position to sway the outcome of next month’s elections. What’s clear, however, is that their electoral influence is a growing one.
10/25/16 Voice of America: “Asian American Candidate in New York: All About Access”
by Ramon Taylor
NEW YORK — Yuh-Line Niou strolls through trendy South Street Seaport, poised, steely-eyed and fully prepared for her favorite time of year — election season.
Unbeknownst to the tourists who roam the surrounding brick streets, Niou is a favorite to become the face of district 65 in New York’s state legislature. If she is elected over her Republican challenger on November 8, she will also be the first Asian-American to represent Manhattan and will join only one other Asian American in the assembly
10/25/16 NBC News: “Asian-American, Pacific Islander Groups Work to Get Out Vote as Election Nears”
by Chris Fuchs
With just two weeks to go before the general election, community nonprofits have been hard at work making sure Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) voters head to the polls on Nov. 8.
10/25/16 Huffington Post: “Asian American Voters In The 2016 Election”
by Taeku Lee, Ph.D.
With the debates now in the rear view mirror and less than three weeks ahead before Election Tuesday, Asian American Decisions is excited to report out some fresh new results on where Asian Americans stand on this election. Media coverage of this long, rancorous, and at times closely contested election has been flooded with polling data that painstakingly and recurrently monitor small shifts in the expected vote among key demographic groups and in battleground states. Yet, until recently, there has been little coverage of one potentially pivotal group of voters among whom relatively little is known: Asian Americans.
10/25/16 Washington Post: “Asian-American groups meet with Fox News over controversial segment”
By Erik Wemple
The Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) and other advocacy groups met Tuesday with two officials from Fox News to discuss an Oct. 3 segment in which Fox News’ Jesse Watters interviewed people in New York’s Chinatown about US politics and other matters. The segment played up commonly traded Asian stereotypes and subjected non-English-speaking Chinatown passersby to ridicule.
10/21/16 Washington Post: “Why some Asian Americans want to ban this rap song”
By Derek Hawkins
The song “Meet the Flockers” by California-based rapper YG opens with these lines:
“First, you find a house and scope it out. Find a Chinese neighborhood, cause they don’t believe in bank accounts.”
Over the following two minutes, YG gives a step-by-step description of a residential robbery: how to scout out the scene, how to break in, and how to discern which items are worth stealing.
10/21/16 Washington Post: “Every Asian American has been asked this question. A computer gives the best answer”
By Jeff Guo
To be Asian in America is to be quizzed, constantly, about your ethnicity. What are you? Where are you from? No, but where are your parents from?
Recently, computer scientists at the University of Rochester tried to teach an algorithm to tell the difference between Chinese, Japanese and Korean faces. They wanted to explore how advancements in artificial intelligence have made it easier for computers to interpret pictures in sophisticated ways. But, intentionally or not, their research taps into the uncomfortable history of how Asians have struggled to fit into American life.
10/20/16 Cornell Sun: “Students Debate Implications of Race-Based Admissions for Asian Americans”
By Emma Newburger
The Cornell Speech and Debate Society and Dyson Inclusion and Diversity Program hosted a debate Thursday, discussing whether Asian Americans should support or oppose race-based admissions policies.
10/20/16 KQED: “Research Shows Asian-American Voters Hungry for Political Engagement”
By Marisa Lagos
They make up nearly 15 percent of California’s population, yet they are often ignored in polling and, by extension, political campaigns.
But research released this week by the liberal Ballot Initiative Strategy Center shows Asian-American communities in California are eager for more political engagement — particularly around ballot measures.
10/19/16 Progressive Pulse: “Fast-growing numbers show that Asian Americans will be a key swing vote in NC”
By Rob Schofield
In a state where major elections have been decided by just tens of thousands of votes, eligible Asian American voters now number 103,000.
10/19/16 KMTV: “Don’t Underestimate The Asian-American Vote”
by Karen Rodriguez
Asian-American voters typically don’t get a lot of attention during election season. That might be because they only make up about 4 percent of the national electorate, and they don’t have a good record of showing up to vote.
In the 2012 presidential election, Asian-Americans had a lower voter turnout than blacks, whites or Latinos.
But in 2016, Asian-American voters could be a significant factor in a state like Virginia, a once-red state that could remain blue thanks in part to a 5 percent Asian-American electorate.
And in Nevada, history could repeat itself. Democratic U.S. Sen. Harry Reid’s 2010 re-election is credited to the Asian-American community in the Silver State.
10/17/16 Cornell Sun: “Does the Ivy League Discriminate Against Asian American Applicants?”
By Drew Musto
All three of Naomi Hill’s ’17 older siblings attended Ivy League schools. Hoping to follow her siblings’ path, Hill — then a freshman in high school — sat down with her counselor to chart her own path to college. But before she could get her feet off the ground, her counselor warned, “because you’re Asian, you will be compared against people with GPAs and test scores that are this much higher.”
Hill, who was adopted and raised in a white, Jewish household, questioned the ‘Asian’ grouping.
10/17/2016 Huffington Post: “‘Fresh Off The Boat’ Makes Timely Statement On Asian-American Identity. Here’s Why It Matters In 2016”
by Anthony Berteaux
Over the duration of its two seasons, ABC’s family comedy, “Fresh Off The Boat” ― the first television show about an Asian-American family in over 20 years ― has continually asked complicated questions about the Asian-American experience in a country that prefers cultural assimilation over true integration and celebration. From Eddie Huang, the oldest son of the family, being called a “chink” by a classmate in the pilot episode, to Eddie’s mother, Jessica Huang openly wondering if their assimilation into American society has diluted her family’s Taiwanese heritage, the show acutely reflects contemporary anxieties that Asian-Americans grapple with today.
10/16/16 Austin American-Statesman: “How Asian-Americans are slowly emerging as a political force in Austin”
By Julie Chang
Asian-Americans, the fastest-growing demographic group in Austin, are emerging as a factor in upcoming local elections, expected to vote in record numbers and becoming a force in political fundraising.
10/15/16 bostonese.com: “Protests Against Rapper YG’s Hateful Lyrics Break Out Today, Boston to Hold Protest on Oct 19”
By Xinming Li
Boston, October 15, 2016 – Protests against Rapper YG’s hateful Lyrics in major cities across the nation. Boston will hold a protest when YG is scheduled to have a performance here on Oct. 19.
The Chinese American Citizens Alliance Boston Lodge condemns the cultural form of violence represented by the music video “Meet the Flockers.” This extremely racist video, produced by Keenon Daequan Ray Jackson aka rapper YG, incites and perpetuates racial stereotypes, horrendous violence and despicable crime against Chinese Americans. The lyrics and video blatantly glorifies home invasions on American families.
10/15/16 Delaware State News: “Woo takes action for Asian-American voters”
by Andrew West
DOVER — Let’s start with a Delaware trivia question.
Who was the last lieutenant governor to not belong to the same party as the governor?
The answer: S.B. Woo.
Dr. Woo, a University of Delaware physics professor and Democrat at the time, won the office in 1984, the same year that Republican Mike Castle became governor.
The question led this editor to another: Where is Dr. Woo now?
He still lives in Newark but has retired from education and has taken on a role as president of the 80-20 Initiative — a nonpartisan, political action committee for Asian Americans.
10/14/16 NBC News: “Rapper YG’s Song ‘Meet the Flockers’ Sparks Protests, Accusations of Targeting Asian Americans”
by Chris Fuchs
Asian Americans protested Wednesday night outside a concert in Maryland, criticizing California rap artist YG for a song whose lyrics talk about burglarizing homes in Chinese neighborhoods.
“It glorifies crime against Asian Americans,” Cliff Li, one of the rally organizers, told NBC News. “We want to say it’s wrong to glorify crime against everybody.”
10/14/16 Wall Street Journal: “These Asian-Americans Have Lower Wages and Higher Unemployment; Wages for Asian-American workers differ dramatically by subgroup. Vietnamese full-time workers, for example, had median weekly earnings of $700 in 2015, about half what Indians made”
By Melanie Trottman
One of the fastest-growing U.S. racial groups is also faring quite well economically—at least, collectively.
But the nearly 18 million Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders in the country have vastly different experiences with education, wages and the labor market, according to a new U.S. Labor Department report.
10/14/16 Breitbart.com: “Report: Asian-Americans Drifting from Republican Party”
by Chriss W. Street
A new report from the National Asian American Survey reveals that Asian-Americans are continuing to drift away from the Republican Party after decades of staunch support as the party’s most reliable ethnic minority group.
During the Cold War, hundreds of millions of Asians dreamed of escaping communism. President John F. Kennedy saw the opportunity to use an expanded immigration policy as a psychological tool to demonstrate to the world that American ideals of freedom, democracy, and capitalism were superior to those offered by communist states of the Soviet Union, Eastern Europe, China, Cuba, and other authoritarian states.
10/14/16 SCPR.org (Take Two): “How to get Asian American millennials to vote… with a concert”
by A Martínez and Lori Galarreta
Asian Americans have one of the lowest participation rates in presidential elections of any racial or ethnic demographic. They’re the fastest growing minority in the U.S. and yet half of Asian Americans don’t vote.
This weekend, #IAmAsianAmerican will host a nationwide concert, anchored in L.A., designed to get at least 15,000 Asian American and Pacific Islander millennials to register to vote.
10/14/16 Forbes: “Palantir Calls Government Accusations Of Asian Discrimination ‘Entirely Unfounded'”
By Ryan Mac and Matt Drange
Palantir Technologies, the $20 billion data-mining startup, disputed the U.S. Department of Labor’s claims that it discriminated against Asian job seekers, calling the recent accusations made against the company “entirely unfounded and based solely on a flawed statistical analysis.”
On Friday, the Palo Alto, Calif.-based company responded to a government lawsuit that said Palantir utilized an 18-month hiring process beginning Jan. 2010 that prevented the hiring of Asian applicants on the basis of their race. Asians were “routinely eliminated” in resume screening and telephone interview phases of the hiring process, despite being “as qualified as white applicants” for engineering positions, according to the complaint filed last month with the Department of Labor’s Office of Administrative Law Judges.
In its response, Palantir said it “has, in fact, hired and retained Asian individuals at rates that exceed their presence in the relevant labor market. Currently, in the United States, no less than 37% of Palantir’s product engineering team and 25% of Palantir’s workforce is of Asian descent.” Lawyers for the company took particular issue with the government’s assumption that all of the applicants who applied for jobs at Palantir were qualified. Palantir said viewing its hiring based on the number of applications alone “makes no sense,” adding that many of its most senior employees are Asian.
10/14/16 Seattle Times: “Asian-American readers share their stories of racism: ‘People see my race first’”
By Seattle Times staff
Michael Luo, a Chinese-American editor at The New York Times, shared a story earlier this week of a racist encounter he had with a person who yelled at him,“Go back to China!”
We asked our readers whether they have experienced racism in Seattle. Here are some of their stories:
10/13/16 NPR (Morning Edition): “Born In The U.S., Raised In China: ‘Satellite Babies’ Have A Hard Time Coming Home”
by Hansi Lo Wang
Chun Zheng has lived through a house fire, a flood and an earthquake. None of that, she says, compares to sending her infant daughter and son abroad to live with her extended family.
“It’s the worst hardship I’ve ever had to bear,” says the 42-year-old hotel housekeeper, speaking in Mandarin.
Both of her children — 7-year-old Joyce and 5-year-old Jay — were born in Boston. But for the first years of their lives, they stayed with relatives in Fujian, a southeastern province of China. Joyce spent more than four years with her aunt, whom she still calls “ma.” (She calls Chun Zheng “mommy.”)
Anytime you eat at a Chinese restaurant in Chinatown, it’s likely that somebody in that restaurant has a child who is in China at the moment.”
10/12/16 Fox5DC: “Rapper under fire for song lyrics encouraging robberies against Chinese Americans”
By: Marina Marraco
SILVER SPRING, Md. – Music fans and protesters both gathered at The Fillmore in Silver Spring Wednesday night. The fans were there to see rapper YG perform inside the concert venue while the protesters were outside to denounce some of the rapper’s lyrics.
The controversial lyrics come in the song “Meet The Flockers” that was released two years ago and the protesters are arguing that they are a step-by-step guide to street violence that seem to be directed against the Chinese American community.
10/12/16 NPR: “Asian-Americans Continue To Drift Away From The GOP, But It’s A Complicated Story”
by Kat Chow
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush once described Asian-Americans as the “canary in the coal mine” of the Republican Party, saying that if Republicans didn’t make more of an effort to court the fastest-growing racial group in the United States, the party would pay a price at the polls.
Now a new report from the National Asian American Survey finds not only that Asian-Americans continue a steady drift away from the GOP, but that the party may be losing one of its most reliable ethnic groups.
10/10/16 FiveThirtyEight: “Asian-American Voters Are Diverse But Unified Against Donald Trump”
By Dhrumil Mehta and Jennifer Kanjana
The new National Asian American Survey shows that Asian-American registered voters are increasingly identifying as Democrats. The Democratic edge over Republicans has increased by 11 percentage points since 2012, according to the NAAS, which was released last week. The 2016 survey also found that 59 percent of respondents favor Hillary Clinton in this year’s presidential election while only 16 percent prefer Donald Trump — 26 percent are either undecided or favor a third-party candidate.1
10/10/16 NBC News: “Politicians, Asian Americans Respond After New York Times Editor Told to ‘Go Back to China'”
by Chris Fuchs
Asian Americans have been tweeting their own stories of prejudice and discrimination after a New York Times editor shared that he had been told to “go back to China” while with his family over the weekend.
10/9/16 NPR: “The Shifting Allegiances Of Asian-American Voters”
by Asma Khalid and Michel Martin
Asian-Americans are a tiny but growing share of the electorate. In the 1990s, Asian-Americans mostly voted Republican. But in the years since, they seem to have tilted toward the Democratic Party.
10/6/16 KCRA: “20 arrested in connection to armed robberies targeting Asian Americans; Residents in south Sacramento victimized during brazen robberies”
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KCRA) —About 20 people were arrested in connection to numerous armed robberies targeting Asian American Sacramento residents, the police department said Thursday.
10/6/16 New York Times: “More Asian-Americans Are Identifying as Democrats, Survey Finds”
By Jeremy W. Peters
More than twice as many Asian-Americans now identify as Democrats than as Republicans, and they hold strongly unfavorable views of Donald J. Trump, a new national survey found, emphasizing the Republican Party’s continued struggle to appeal to minority groups.
The figures, published on Wednesday by the nonpartisan National Asian-American Survey, suggested that the political allegiances of Asians might be hardening in a way that could harm Republicans with the fastest-growing minority group well beyond 2016.
10/6/16 Washington Post: “Asian-American voters continue to shift to the political left”
By Philip Bump
The survey was conducted by a partnership of researchers from the Universities of Maryland, California-Irvine, California-Riverside and California-Berkeley, using voter lists to identify nearly 1,700 likely Asian-American voters of various ethnic origins. The methodology isn’t without gaps: Using the voter list, for example, means non-registered voters are missed from the survey results.
Regardless, its results were stark. Including independents who lean toward one party or the other, more than half of respondents — 57 percent — said they identified as Democrats. Under a quarter, 24 percent, said that they identified as Republicans. In a head-to-head match-up, Hillary Clinton earned 59 percent of the support of respondents, to 10 percent who preferred Donald Trump.
10/5/16 CNBC.com: “Asian-Americans demand Fox News apology for ‘racist’ TV segment”
by Michelle Castillo
Update: Fox News reporter Jesse Watters has apologized for the segment on Twitter, saying it was meant to be taken “tongue-in-cheek.” His tweets and the original CNBC story are below.
A Fox News segment that pokes fun at Asian stereotypes is causing outrage online, with many calling the piece racist.
On Monday, Fox News reporter Jesse Watters went to Chinatown in New York to interview people about the U.S. election for a segment on “The O’Reilly Factor” called “Watters’ World!” The clip includes Watters greeting people with a bow, asking a street vendor if his merchandise is illegal and asking if people know karate.
10/5/16 Los Angeles Times: “Asian-American voters are spurning Trump — and threatening to spurn the Republican Party”
by Cathleen Decker
Asian American voters are siding strongly with Hillary Clinton in the presidential contest, as younger voters in particular abandon Donald Trump and the Republican Party, a new poll of those voters has found.
Clinton has a firm hold on 55% of Asian American voters. When those leaning toward the candidates are counted, she leads Trump by 49 points, 70%-21%.
10/5/16 University of California at Riverside Today: “Influence of Asian American and Pacific Islander Voters Grows; National survey projects overwhelming support for Clinton among Asian American electorate”
By Bettye Miller
RIVERSIDE, California – Asian American and Pacific Islander voters are an increasingly influential part of the electorate – including in battleground states such as Nevada, Virginia, and North Carolina – and they are leaning more Democratic than they did four years ago.
The Fall 2016 National Asian American Survey (NAAS) – directed by Karthick Ramakrishnan, professor of public policy and political science at the University of California, Riverside – found that several trends the survey first identified in 2008 are continuing:
10/5/16 The Hill: “Survey: Clinton dominates among Asian-American voters”
By Jesse Byrnes
Hillary Clinton is trouncing Republican presidential rival Donald Trump among Asian-American voters, according to a survey released Wednesday.
The Democrat leads Trump by 41 points, 55 percent to 14 percent, among Asian-American registered voters, according to the Fall 2016 National Asian American Survey.
10/5/16 Politico: “Clinton trounces Trump among Asian-American voters”
By Nolan D. McCaskill
Hillary Clinton holds a massive advantage over Donald Trump among Asian-Americans who are registered to vote, according to the results of a National Asian American Survey to be released Wednesday afternoon.
Clinton trounces Trump among Asian-Americans with 55 percent support to the real estate mogul’s 14 percent support. Eight percent of registered Asian-American voters favor another candidate.
10/4/16 NBC News: “How the Model Minority Myth Hurts Asian-American Elders”
The “model minority myth” that suggests all Asians and Asian Americans are well-off and don’t need assistance can actually do more harm than good. In New York City’s Chinatown, some residents shared struggles to use their kitchen stovetops after going six months without cooking gas.
10/4/16 Atlanta Journal Constitution: “How uproar over Asian stereotypes ended NBC comedy before it started”
by Elahe Izadi, Washington Post
The backlash to “Mail Order Bride” was immediate.
Word broke last week that NBC had purchased a half-hour comedy that “follows a widowed single father who orders a mail-order bride from the Philippines to help raise his two preteen daughters,” according to Deadline. The project is from the trio behind “Superstore,” and is “loosely based” on writer-producer Jackie Clarke’s family, Deadline reported.
10/4/16 Progressive Pulse: “Language barriers at the polls a concern for Asian-American voters”
By Melissa Boughton
It’s been all about voter registration up to this point, but experts are beginning to express concern about language barriers on Election Day for one of North Carolina’s fastest growing populations: Asian-Americans.
10/3/16 Netshark: “Sacramento Asian Americans Join Forces To Stop Criminals Targeting Their Community”
By Ryan General
With crimes targeting Asian-American communities in some parts of the U.S. at an all-time high, some residents have decided to take security in their own hands by organizing their own patrols.
9/30/16 Voice of America: “South China Sea is a US Election Issue for Southeast Asian Americans”
SAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON — In the basement office of his Southeast Asian Community Center in a gritty neighborhood of downtown San Francisco, Philip Nguyen runs down a list of issues he says matter to Vietnamese Americans like himself.
Lack of good jobs. Rising health care costs. Skyrocketing housing prices. In other words, things any American would care about come election time.
But at the mention of China, Nguyen’s eyes light up.
9/26/16 The American Prospect: “Will Asian Americans Vote?”
by Jennifer Baik
It’s no secret that the Asian American vote is currently a hot commodity. In May, a survey showing 66 percent of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) had a favorable view of the Democratic Party garnered the attention of the media and presidential candidates alike. But despite being the fastest growing racial minority in the country, Asian Americans have notoriously low voter turn-out rates, and have had, until recently, a reputation for splitting their votes between the two parties.
9/26/16 Wall Street Journal: “Parties Boost Asian-American Outreach: Democrats and Republicans are expanding their appeals to the fastest-growing demographic group”
By Michelle Hackman and Dante Chinni
FALLS CHURCH, Va.—Alongside vendors selling dumplings and pastries at a recent Vietnamese Mid-Autumn Moon celebration, the Democratic Asian Americans of Virginia offered something they hoped was equally enticing for the several hundred visitors: a chance to register to vote.
9/26/16 The American Prospect: “Will Asian Americans Vote?”
by Jennifer Baik
It’s no secret that the Asian American vote is currently a hot commodity. In May, a survey showing 66 percent of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) had a favorable view of the Democratic Party garnered the attention of the media and presidential candidates alike. But despite being the fastest growing racial minority in the country, Asian Americans have notoriously low voter turn-out rates, and have had, until recently, a reputation for splitting their votes between the two parties.
9/23/16 Dallas Morning News: “Coppell ISD sued over lack of Asian-American representation on school board”
By Loyd Brumfield
Pankaj Jain believes the deck is stacked against him as an Asian-American living in Coppell ISD’s attendance zones.
Jain, originally from India, has filed a lawsuit against the district, alleging that the way it elects its board members leaves Asian-Americans disenfranchised in a district in which they represent a majority of the population.
9/22/16 Los Angeles Times: “Asian Americans’ numbers and political influence are growing”
by Caitlin Yoshiko Kandil
Asian Americans are the fastest-growing racial group in the United States, according to U.S. Census data, having nearly doubled their share of the electorate in the past decade.
By the year 2044, Asian Americans are expected to become 10% of all voters nationally, and in Orange County, home to the third-largest Asian American population in the country, their representation in the voting public has already reached nearly 20%.
9/22/16: “Asian American Registered Voters More Than Doubles”
By India New England News
WASHINGTON–The AAPI Victory Fund has partnered with VEDA Data Solutions to provide the most extensive ethnicity modeling ever to political organizations focusing on registered voters in the Asian American community — more than doubling the number identified from 3.2 to 7.2 million Asian American voters.
9/22/16 KCRA: “Robbery video highlights Sacramento crime trend targeting Asian Americans; Investigator: Crimes against Asian Americans on rise in city, US”
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KCRA) —The surveillance video is startling.
“A female victim had arrived home. You can see her key in the door attempting to get in, two suspects come from behind her,” Sacramento County Sheriff’s Sgt. Tony Turnbull said. “One of them puts his hand around her mouth while the other one takes the purse from her shoulder.”
The suspects, both between the ages of 18 and 25, got away in two separate cars.
9/22/16 Inside Higher Ed: “Pressure to Build the Class: 2016 Survey of Admissions Directors”
By Scott Jaschik
And in a potentially notable finding, a significant minority of college admissions directors now say (in contrast to past surveys but consistent with the views of many advocates for Asian-American applicants) that their colleges generally admit only Asian applicants with higher grades and test scores than other applicants.
A significant minority indicated that they believe Asian-American applicants are held to a higher standard generally, and that this is the case at their institutions.
Admissions Directors on Asian-American Applicants
Do you believe that some colleges are holding Asian-American applicants to higher standards?
Public 39% Yes Private 42% Yes
At your college, do Asian-American applicants who are admitted generally have higher grades and test scores than other applicants?
Public 41% Yes Private 30% Yes
9/19/16 Northwest Asian Weekly : “First Asian American to moderate national debate in general election”
Elaine Quijano of CBS News has been named to moderate the Vice Presidential debate to be held on Oct. 4 in Farmville, Va.
She is the first anchor of a digital network and also the first Filipino and Asian American to moderate a national debate in a general election campaign.
9/18/16 Time: “Master of None’s Alan Yang Makes Appeal for More Asian Americans on TV at Emmys”
by Eliana Dockterman
During his acceptance speech for best writing in a comedy series for Master of None, Alan Yang (who co-wrote the episode with Aziz Ansari) petitioned for greater representation of Asian-American actors on television.
“There’s 17 million Asian-Americans in this country, and there’s 17 million Italian Americans. They have The Godfather, Goodfellas, Rocky, The Sopranos. We got Long Duk Dong, so we’ve got a long way to go,” he said, referencing the notorious character from Sixteen Candles.
9/16/16 KRCU: “Going Public: How Asian American Vote Could Impact Presidential Election”
By Marissanne Lewis-Thompson
But more importantly I think one thing that we have to also point out is that Asian Americans as an electorate is also growing at a very rapid pace. By 2040, the Asian American electorate specifically is going to double in size. Right now, we’re at out 5.9 million eligible voters and we’re going go jump up to about 12.2 million eligible voters. And within the last three presidential cycles beginning in 2000, each presidential cycle has seen about 620,000 new Asian American eligible voters enter the electorate. So, our electorate is growing at a really rapid pace. So, if they want to better engage and really reach out to all aspects of the American electorate and in order to you know really focus campaigns and many states across the country targeting our communities is really critical to winning votes.
9/16/2016 The Huffington Post: “Read This New Book To Grasp The Brutal Reality Of Asian-American History: From the California gold rush to Vincent Chin’s killing and beyond, “The Fortunes” lays bare a past laced with suffering”
by Claire Fallon
The Fortunes, Peter Ho Davies’ second novel, reads like a very unusual hybrid between a novel and a short story collection. It’s written in four long sections, titled “Gold,” “Silver,” “Jade,” and “Pearl,” each of which tells a different person’s story. Together, of course, the pieces make a larger whole: a story of Chinese America through the decades, including many fragments that are tempting for white Americans to leave out.
9/14/16 NBC News: “Asian Americans See Mixed Results in New York Primary Elections”
by Chris Fuchs
A Taiwanese American beat out a crowded field of Democratic candidates in Tuesday’s New York primary for a seat held for decades by former Assembly Speaker and convicted felon Sheldon Silver, while a Korean-American businessman accused of making alleged homophobic remarks lost a bid in Queens for New York State Senate.
9/14/16 NY1.com: “LES Democrats Make History, Select First Asian-American to Represent Chinatown in Albany”
By Courtney Gross
In the wake of 40 years of Sheldon Silver, Democrats in lower Manhattan on Tuesday chose the first Asian-American to represent Chinatown in the state legislature. Political reporter Courtney Gross has the story.
The old guard is gone.
“It feels really great,” said Yuh-Line Niou. “I think my district is speaking up and asking for a change.”
9/13/16 NBC News: “After Supporter Backlash, Asian-American Justice to Be Considered for Nomination”
by Chris Fuchs
The New York County Democratic Committee has reportedly reversed its decision late last month not to nominate an Asian-American state judge for reelection this fall, according to the New York Post.
9/12/16 Next Shark: “Meet the Forgotten Asian-American Hero of 9/11”
By Ryan General
Chinese-American flight attendant Betty Ong, who flew on American Airlines, helped save lives by telling emergency personnel on the ground what was happening aboard her doomed flight on that fateful day of Sept. 11, 2001.
9/12/16 WHYY: “Acting to change in face of bullying that targets Asian-American, Pacific Islander kids”
By Anne Hoffman
After a White House task force found Asian-American and Pacific Islander kids are targeted by bullies, it has offered recommendations to students, teachers and communities on ways to defuse that harassment.
9/11/16 The Atlantic: “Why Are Asian Americans Politically Invisible? Asian Americans are the fastest growing voting block in the country–but we rarely see politicians actively courting their support”
by Alex Wagner
That remains a tradition today: Asians in America, a diverse, polyglot bunch, and a growing share of the electorate, remain mostly invisible in the American political debate. Like nearly every other electoral subgroup in U.S. polling, “Asian” is a label that masks the diversity among its peoples—perhaps even more than “Hispanic” belies the significant variances between the cultures designated as such. Asians also combat American laissez faire: they are widely (if falsely) viewed as independent, non-ideological and economically successful. They may be voters, but they aren’t understood to be broadly influencing party platforms, the handful of prominent Asian-American elected leaders notwithstanding.
9/9/16 San Francisco Chronicle: “Why candidates should court Asian American voters”
By James Zarsadiaz
The 2016 presidential election could determine how well Democrats and Republicans do with the Asian American electorate for years to come. Asian Americans are the fastest-growing racial group in the United States and have the potential to be a deciding voting bloc, particularly in swing districts and states. Yet candidates and political consultants have yet to acknowledge Asian American voters as the sleeping political giant they are.
9/9/16 KCRA: “Asian-Americans targeted by thieves in south Sacramento”
By Natalie Brunell
Sacramento, Calif. (KCRA) —Asian-American residents in south Sacramento are living in fear as they become the target of thieves.
9/8/16 Associated Press: “U.S. Latino population growth slips behind Asian-Americans, study says”
Albuquerque, N.M. — The growth of the U.S. Latino population – once the nation’s fastest growing – slowed considerably over the past seven years and slipped behind that of Asian-Americans amid declining Hispanic immigration and birth rates, a study released Thursday found.
9/7/16 NBC News: “Supporters Rally after Asian-American Justice Loses Democratic Endorsement”
by Chris Fuchs
Community residents, elected officials, and state bar association members gathered on the steps of New York City Hall Tuesday to criticize a county Democratic committee for not recommending New York’s first female Asian-American State Supreme Court justice for reelection.
9/7/16 WPVI-TV: “Asian businesses again targets of armed robbery in Northeast Philadelphia”
By Dann Cuellar
A police/FBI task force is looking into a rash of burglaries and robberies once again targeting Asian-American immigrants who are seen as easy targets.
9/6/16 Sacramento Bee: “Sacramento’s Asian Americans ‘worried for their life’ ask mayor for help; Largely Asian neighborhoods in south Sacramento have seen a spike in robberies over the past year”
By Nashelly Chavez
Asian American residents of south Sacramento are seeking Mayor Kevin Johnson’s help in combating what they call an alarming trend of robberies targeting their community.
They say the robberies often include home invasions in which multiple people break into a residence and take a homeowner’s valuables and money. People are sometimes robbed at gunpoint and in broad daylight.
9/4/16 Austin American-Statesman: “Asian-American business boom in Austin mirrors fast-growing community”
By Julie Chang
An estimated 13,000 Asian-American-owned businesses are in Central Texas.
8/30/16 KTNV: “In tight Nevada Senate race, Joe Heck focuses appeal to Asian Americans”
by Riley Snyder
Las Vegas (KTNV) – With polls showing Nevada’s competitive Senate race neck-and-neck, Republican candidate Joe Heck is hoping support from the state’s growing Asian-American community can push him over the edge.
8/30/16 The Cornell Daily Sun: “Cornell, Columbia Accused of Discriminating Against Asian American Students in College Admissions”
By Rebecca Even
The Asian American Coalition for Education lodged a complaint with Department of Education last Wednesday, accusing Cornell and Columbia University of discriminating against an Asian student in the admissions process.
8/29/16 Huffington Post: “Asian Americans And Civil Rights: The Mistakes We Keep Making”
by Frank H. Wu
(Distinguished Professor, University of California Hastings College of the Law; Chair, Committee of 100)
I have been working on Asian American civil rights issues since it seemed strange to put those words together into the same phrase. Asian Americans, no less than other Americans, have only recently become aware that Asian Americans even had civil rights concerns, and the notion of Asian Americans raising their voices is still transitioning from a hesitant “could” to a tentative “should.” Yet I wonder if we continue to make the same mistakes. We develop patterns of conduct immediately.
8/29/16 Huffington Post: “Candidates Shouldn’t Overlook Asian American Voters This November”
by Andrew Lam (Author and editor, New America Media)
Did you know that, after English and Spanish, the third most popular language spoken in New York is Chinese? That’s according to a report by Slate in 2014. In California, and Nevada, it’s Tagalog. And Vietnamese is the third most popular language spoken in Texas, Oklahoma, Washington and Louisiana. Korean fills that slot for Virginia and Georgia.
8/26/16 India West: “Coalition Seeks Probe into Alleged Discrimination Against Asian Americans by Ivy League Schools”
WASHINGTON — An Asian-American student has filed a complaint over being ‘unfairly’ rejected by Columbia University and Cornell University, prompting a coalition to seek a probe over allegedly discriminating against him and an Indian American.
8/26/16 NBC News: “California Data Disaggregation Bill Sparks Debate in Asian-American Community”
by Chris Fuchs
Lily Ding was never much the political type, but that changed in February, she said, when she attended a rally in San Francisco to protest a jury’s second-degree manslaughter conviction of former New York Police Department officer Peter Liang, who fatally shot an unarmed black man by accident in 2014.
8/26/16 Forbes: “Money Challenges and Triumphs Of Asian Americans”
by Richard Eisenberg
A just-released Prudential Financial report on Asian Americans finds that they’re faring better than the U.S. population overall, but face particular financial challenges, particularly related to caregiving.
8/25/16 Politico: “The one big Senate race that Asian-Americans could decide: Catherine Cortez Masto and Joe Heck are going all out to court a constituency that’s especially potent in Nevada”
By Seung Min Kim
Las Vegas — Days before Democratic Senate hopeful Catherine Cortez Masto appeared at a reception honoring Asian-American labor activists, Donald Trump proposed expanding his controversial immigration ban to natives of the Philippines.
Cortez Masto — running against GOP Rep. Joe Heck in one of the nation’s most competitive Senate races, and in a rare state where Asian-American voters could tip the election — pounced.
8/25/16 Next Shark: “Asian American Student With 5.3 GPA Rejected From Ivy League Schools, Files Complaint”
By Editorial Staff
Hubert Zhao, a Chinese-American student from Orlando, Florida, filed a complaint against Cornell and Columbia University following the rejection of his application. The alleged reason: discrimination.
8/25/16 The Tribune of India: “Ivy League schools discriminating against Asian-Americans”
An Asian-American student has filed a complaint over being “unfairly” rejected by Columbia University and Cornell University, prompting a coalition to seek a probe over allegedly discriminating against him and an Indian-American.
8/25/16 Wall Street Journal: “Behind the Asian-American Success Story: Prudential survey shows habits, ideals that drive many in the Asian-American cohort”
By Veronica Dagher
Asian-Americans have a higher median income and expect to retire nearly a year and a half earlier than the general U.S. population. They also are more likely to take care of family members other than children and to own individual stocks.
8/24/16 The Atlantic: “The Overlooked Consumer Group With Billions to Spend: While American companies fixate on Latino consumers, the growth of Asian American buying power is outpacing everyone else’s”
by Alexia Fernandez Campbell
Richmond, Va.—American companies are obsessed with Latino millennials. The young, bilingual consumers are the target of billions of dollars in corporate spending, whether it’s through Toyota’s Vayamos Juntos ad campaign or McDonald’s college scholarships for Hispanic students. It’s a smart focus, considering the U.S. Latino market is worth $1.3 trillion and millennials have an estimated $200 billion buying power.
Yet this fixation may lead some to overlook today’s fastest-growing ethnic consumer group: Asian Americans. In 2015, they had an estimated buying power of $825 billion, which is expected to grow to $1.1 trillion in 2020, according to the Selig Center for Economic Growth at the University of Georgia. In the past 15 years, the Asian American consumer market grew by 199 percent, outpacing gains in the disposable income of Latinos, whites, blacks, and Native Americans. The U.S. Latino population might be three times larger than the Asian American community, but the Asian American population is now growing at a faster rate overall.
8/24/16 The Center for Public Integrity: “Asian-American population surges, but voter turnout still lags”
By Lian Bunny, Sami Edge, Hillary Davis
St. Paul, Minn. – Beth Vang grew up with a conflicted view of civic life. Vang, a 21-year-old college student, lives near St. Paul, Minnesota, in one of the largest Hmong communities in the U.S.
In traditional Hmong culture, Vang said only the elite discuss politics and government. Young people conform to their parent’s ideologies. And personal politics take a backseat to community harmony.
8/23/16 Wall Street Journal: “In Clinton vs. Trump, the Overlooked Impact of Asian-Americans; Republican nominee tries to court blacks and Hispanics, but another group that leans Democratic gets less attention”
By Gerald F. Seib
Donald Trump has made overtures in the last few days to Hispanic and African-American voters, trying to whittle away the giant advantages Hillary Clinton enjoys among them.
There is a third group that gets less attention, but one that provides Democrats a similar strategic edge: Asian-Americans.
8/18/16 NBC News: “Asian-American Students Targets of Bullying: Federal Report”
by Frances Kai-Hwa Wang
The Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Bullying Prevention Task Force released a new report Friday at the fifth annual Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention Summit on how AAPI students experience bullying and what can be done.
8/17/16 Portland OR Tribune: “Parties make their arguments to Asian Americans”
by Peter Wong
LAS VEGAS — Spokesmen for the Democratic and Republican parties, and two nominees of other parties hoping to capitalize on public discontent with presidential choices, laid out their arguments to Asian Americans as the nation’s fastest growing racial group.
8/16/16 Asian Journal: “The complexity of the Asian American electorate”
By Klarize Medenilla
Asian Americans are the fastest-growing demographic in the United States.
In the last five years, the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community increased by 19 percent, according to the United States Census Bureau.
And it’s not stopping there. A recent UCLA study reported that by 2040, the AAPI voter population in the U.S. is projected to double with an expected population of 12.2 million.
8/15/16 The Atlantic Magazine: “The Burden of Being Asian American on Campus; The arrival of Chinese international students comes at a cost to some”
by Julia Wang
When my father was a graduate student at Loyola University in Chicago, two distinct things marked his day: the “L” and instant noodles. It was 1998 in a studio apartment in Rogers Park below the Red Line. Every night, the sounds of the train woke him up. Every morning, he got up after a restless night and made himself some ramen. After those three years, he never wanted to look at instant noodles again.
8/14/16 The Root: “Bill Clinton to Asian Americans: Bigger ‘Us,’ Smaller ‘Them’; The four presidential campaigns addressed Asian-American issues Friday”
By: Richard Prince
Bill Clinton, acting as a surrogate for his wife’s presidential campaign, told Asian American journalists and voter activists Friday, “You want a president like Hillary Clinton who sees you as part and parcel of the quilt of diversity . . . We should be expanding the definition of ‘us’ and shrinking the definition of ‘them,’ not the other way around . . .
8/13/16 NBC News: “Asian-American Community Applauds Presidential Election Forum”
by Frances Kai-Hwa Wang
Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) applauded the 2016 Presidential Election Forum presented by APIAVote and Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) Friday in Las Vegas, Nevada, for addressing over 3,000 attendees, 40 organizations, and watch parties livestreaming the event in 20 states, according to APIAVote.
7/30/16 The Guardian: “Asian Americans decry ‘whitewashed’ Great Wall film starring Matt Damon”
by Julia Carrie Wong
A chorus of outrage followed the release on Thursday of the first trailer for The Great Wall, a fantasy adventure set in China more than 1,000 years ago, which stars the white Hollywood star Matt Damon in the lead role.
7/27/16 NBC News: “Asian American and Pacific Islander Officials Take the DNC Stage, Celebrate ‘Firsts'”
by Chris Fuchs
PHILADELPHIA – U.S. Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA) addressed the Democratic National Convention Wednesday evening, telling delegates and attendees that America needs a president who rejects hateful rhetoric and embraces diversity as the country’s greatest strength.
7/26/16 NBC News: “DNC Roll Call Brings Mixed Reactions Among Asian-American Delegates”
by Chris Fuchs
PHILADELPHIA — Speaking before an electrified crowd, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) moved to select Hillary Clinton as the Democratic party’s nominee Tuesday, on the second night of the 2016 Democratic National Convention. But Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Sanders delegates voiced mixed reaction about whether that move will bring unity to a party with divisions over who should lead the country.
7/26/16 IndiaWest: “Brown Girl News: South Asian Americans for Political Office in the 2016 Elections”
by Sravya Tadepalli, BrownGirlMagazine.com
There aren’t many South Asian Americans who hold political office. South Carolina governor Nikki Haley is the only Indian-American governor in the United States. Congressman Ami Bera is the only Indian-American in Congress. Both have pretty simple, easy-to-pronounce, North Indian names. Both are Christian.
7/26/16 American Prospect: “How Asian Americans Became Democrats; The last two decades have seen a major shift in the party preferences of Asian Americans, but they’re still not deeply engaged in civic life”
by Karthick Ramakrishnan
As a force at the ballot box, Asian Americans caught the media’s attention in 2012, when exit polls showed that they supported Barack Obama with 73 percent of their votes, a level exceeded only by African Americans. That year, Obama also won a big majority of Latinos, but his strong showing among Asian Americans was a much bigger surprise. In 1992, the majority of Asian Americans had voted for George H.W. Bush, creating the impression that as an upwardly mobile and affluent group, they would continue to vote Republican. But 20 years later, in an astounding shift, Asian Americans moved 40 points toward the Democrats in presidential elections. Since they’re also the fastest growing racial group in the United States, the change has major implications for the future of American politics.
7/25/16 KCUR: “Asian-American Groups Upset Over ‘Racist’ Political Ad In Missouri”
By Lisa Rodriguez
The primary contest for Missouri Attorney General between Republicans Josh Hawley and Kurt Schafer has already been nasty, but some groups are saying a recent anti-Schaeffer commercial crosses a line.
A coalition of Asian-American groups, including the Asian American Chamber of Commerce of St. Louis, OCA St. Louis, the Missouri Asian American Bar Association, and the Asian American Bar Association of Kansas City, joined to condemn the ad.
The spot accuses Schaeffer of supporting a law that allows Chinese companies to buy Missouri farms. In it, two ominous-looking Asian men, in dark suits and sunglasses survey a Missouri Farm.
7/24/16 St. Louis Post-Dispatch: “Asian-American groups decry ‘xenophobic’ Missouri political ads”
By Jeremy Kohler
A coalition of Asian-American businesses and organizations in Missouri on Sunday criticized what they called racist and xenophobic political ads in the state attorney general race.
One ad shows one Chinese businessman bragging to another in Mandarin about how he was able to buy a Missouri farm after state Sen. Kurt Schaefer, a Republican candidate for attorney general, helped change a state law allowing Chinese ownership of farms. The ad is paid for by Tea Party Patriots. A similar ad is paid for by State Conservative Reform Action PAC.
7/22/16 GQ: “How John Cho Defeated the Asian-American Actor Stereotypes”
By Kevin Nguyen
Last year, I read a book by Alex Tizon called Big Little Man: In Search of My Asian Self, which I picked up even though the title too nearly resembled the Tobias Funke’s memoir from Arrested Development, The Man Inside Me. In the book, Tizon laments the representation of Asian men in popular media—or really, the lack thereof. He writes of Sex and the City: “Something like 2 million Asians live in the New York metropolitan area, but Asians hardly appear in the show at all—symbolic annihilation at its best.” Symbolic annihilation: the under-representation of a group of people, usually in media. Asian men rarely show up in TV or film. And when they do, they often are at best sexless nerds, and at worst offensive stereotypes.
7/21/16 NBC News: “Asian-American Delegates ‘Disappointed’ After Cruz’s Non-Endorsement of Trump”
by Chris Fuchs
Disappointment and sadness were among the words some Asian American and Pacific Islander delegates used to describe their reaction to Texas Sen. Ted Cruz’s not endorsing GOP nominee Donald Trump Wednesday night.
7/21/16 NBC News: “Asian Americans Take to Social Media to Discuss GOP Convention”
by Frances Kai-Hwa Wang
While some Asian Americans, American Muslims, and other people of color have been a part of the excitement inside of the Republican National Convention (RNC) in Cleveland, some, including Democrats and progressives, have been watching from the outside and using social media to comment on the situation.
7/20/16 Princeton University: “Economics, culture intersect to shape Asian Americans’ academic advantage”
by Michael Hotchkiss, Office of Communications
Why do Asian American students, on average, outperform their white classmates?
Researchers have long pointed to two explanations: Asian Americans families are comparatively well-off and they place a stronger emphasis on academic success for their children.
New research by Princeton sociologist Yu Xie and University of Michigan graduate student Airan Liu paints a more complicated picture of how these economic and cultural forces interact.
So while the gap in academic achievement between white students from well-off and well-educated families and similar Asian American students is small, Xie said, Asian American students from poor families are much more likely to perform well academically than their white counterparts. The success of these Asian American students can be traced to the premium they and their families place on hard work and academic achievement, he said.
The research is detailed in an article titled “Why do Asian Americans academically outperform Whites? — The cultural explanation revisited,” published this month in the journal Social Science Research.
7/19/16 NBC News: “Amidst GOP Convention, Asian Americans Talk Voting Trends, Elected Office”
by Chris Fuchs
A few years back, Tina Maharath’s friend was fatally shot in a parking lot in Columbus, Ohio. No one knew who killed him, so Maharath sought help from a state legislator who tried to get answers, she told NBC News.
That interaction with an elected official cemented the 25-year-old Lao American’s interest in running for office, a dream she said she hopes to achieve in November 2018.
7/18/16 NBC News: “Asian-American Officers Mourn, Reflect in Wake of Shootings of Police”
by Chris Fuchs
Last January, chapter members of the National Asian Peace Officers’ Association (NAPOA) attended the funeral of New York Police Department (NYPD) Detective Wenjian Liu, who was gunned down with his partner, Detective Rafael Ramos, by a man with a grudge against police.
Last week, some made the trek to Dallas, Texas, for funerals and memorial services to pay their respects to the five officers shot to death by Micah Johnson, a 25-year-old Army reservist with a similar grudge who had said he wanted to kill “white officers.” Police took out Johnson in a standoff by detonating a bomb delivered by a robot.
7/17/16 Raw Story: “New court challenge to affirmative action involves Asian-American Harvard student”
Through his organization, the Project on Fair Representation, Abigail Fisher’s advisor, Edward Blum, is currently engaged in a lawsuit challenging Harvard University’s race-conscious admissions policy.
What is different about the Harvard lawsuit is that the lead plaintiff in the case is not a white student. The plaintiff is an Asian-American student.
7/9/16 San Jose Mercury News: “Cepeda: Soaring Asian-American population needs understanding”
By Esther J. Cepeda
CHICAGO — It has been nearly a year since the Pew Research Center reported that Asian immigrants are elbowing Latin Americans aside and are projected to become the largest immigrant group by 2055. Policy analysis on the implications of this shift is beginning to trickle out.
7/7/16 NBC News: “Asian-American Coalition Calls on DOJ to Regulate FBI Biometrics Database”
by Chris Fuchs
An FBI database with fingerprints and facial photos of 16.9 million people disproportionately includes Asian Americans and should be covered by provisions of the federal Privacy Act, Asian-American advocacy groups said Wednesday.
7/1/16 NBC News: “Wage Gap Between Races, Genders Persist as Asian Men Top Average Earnings: Report”
by Minh Nguyen
White men earn a median $21 an hour, making more money than women across all races, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics data. They also earn more than black and Hispanic men, who make a respective $15 and $14 median hourly wage. The only group that out-earns white men is Asian men, who earn $24, according to the report.
6/30/16 Voice of America: “Asian-American Voters Share Concerns, but Are Also Divided”
by Mike O’Sullivan
Los Angeles— Asian Americans are moving toward the Democratic Party, according to recent surveys, but Asian community leaders in Los Angeles say neither Democrats nor Republicans are doing a good job in attracting Asian voters, who share common concerns but are nonetheless divided by age and country of origin. The leaders were responding to the release of new data that highlights the concerns of Asian voters.
6/30/16 NBC News: “Asian-American Voters Hit Snags in NY Congressional Primary”
by Chris Fuchs
Asian Americans were among those who encountered snags voting at New York City polling sites during Tuesday’s congressional primary, according to the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF).
6/29/16 Business Insider: “Asian-American student who filed a complaint about discrimination after being rejected from the Ivy League: ‘I feel disappointed’ in the Supreme Court”
by Abby Jackson
The US Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of affirmative action at the University of Texas at Austin last Thursday likely further validated the use of race in admissions policies around the country.
And for the Asian-American students and organizations who feel that discrimination runs deep within the college admissions process, the ruling has fueled dismay.
“I feel disappointed with the court and what they’re trying to do because I feel like they are just trying to avoid the issue of dealing with affirmative action right away,” Michael Wang, a rising senior at Williams College, told Business Insider.
As an Asian-American, Wang has a personal interest in the issue of affirmative action. With a perfect ACT score and 13 Advanced Placement courses under his belt, he applied to seven Ivy League universities and Stanford in 2013. After most of them rejected him, Wang filed a complaint with the US Department of Education, alleging that Yale, Stanford, and Princeton discriminated against him because of his race.
6/28/16 The Atlantic: “Asian Americans and the Future of Affirmative Action; The way members of the ‘model minority’ are treated in elite-college admissions could affect race-based standards moving forward”
by Alia Wong
In his new book, Earning Admission: Real Strategies for Getting Into Highly Selective Colleges, the strategist Greg Kaplan urges Asians not to identify as such on their applications. “Your child should decline to state her background if she identifies with a group that is overrepresented on campus even if her name suggests affiliation,” he advises parents, also referencing Jews. Such tips are increasingly common in the college-advising world; it’s not unusual for consultants, according to The Boston Globe, to urge students to “deemphasize the Asianness” in their resumes or avoid writing application essays about their immigrant parents “coming from Vietnam with $2 in a rickety boat and swimming away from sharks.”
It’s sad that this is what elite-college admissions have come to: a soul-deadening process that encourages students to distort their identities solely for the sake of getting in. But the rampant racism to which these pointers allude, if real, is even sadder. According to some activists, brilliant, accomplished, and well-rounded Asian students are consigned to gaming a system that’s rigged against them. Either that, or they have to prove themselves extra brilliant, extra accomplished, and extra well-rounded to ensure they’re on equal footing with non-Asian applicants. The premise is that affirmative action enables colleges and universities to discriminate against Asian applicants simply because there are so many of them on campus already.
6/28/16 Asian Journal: “Census: Asian Americans still fastest-growing racial group in US”
By Eric Anthony Licas
Asian Americans comprise America’s fastest-growing racial group, according to data released by the United States Census Bureau.
The Asian American population grew by 19 percent between 2010 and 2015. Meanwhile, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders (NHPIs) are the second fastest-growing group, rising at 13 percent during the same period. In comparison, the nation’s overall population grew by 4 percent. Today, there are an estimated 21 million Asian Americans and 1.5 million NHPIs living in the country.
6/27/16 City Watch LA: “LA’s Great American Story: Asian Immigrants and Politics”
by Bill Boyarsky
TRUTHDIG – Amid Donald Trump’s vicious attacks on immigrants, it’s refreshing to take a look at Asian-Americans, who braved great hardship to come to the United States. In the face of racism, they began life in a hostile land, raised families and have made a significant contribution to the nation’s social, intellectual, economic and political life.
6/24/16 SCOTUS Blog: “Symposium: A disappointing decision, but more lawsuits are on the way”
by Elizabeth Slattery
Yesterday’s ruling in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin was disappointing, to say the least. Justice Anthony Kennedy’s majority opinion, allowing UT to continue using a race-conscious admissions program without sufficiently articulating its “diversity goal” or providing proof that it was meeting that goal, betrays his previous equal protection jurisprudence and the belief that we have a colorblind Constitution.
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The silver lining is that more cases are on the way. Lawsuits are currently pending in federal district courts that challenge the racially discriminatory admissions policies of Harvard and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. The Harvard suit was brought by Asian-American applicants who claim they were denied admission because the university has put limits on the number of Asian Americans it will admit, similar to the racist quotas and caps that Ivy League schools put on the number of Jewish students they would admit in the 1920s. The plaintiffs in the North Carolina case highlight the fact that the university conducted a study showing that if the school dropped its racial preference policy and switched to a “top ten percent plan” like Texas, its minority enrollment would soar.
Additionally, more than 130 Asian-American organizations recently asked the Department of Education and the Justice Department to investigate Yale University, Brown University, and Dartmouth College for their use of discriminatory policies, which they claim amount to race-based quotas that lock out well-qualified Asian-American applicants.
They point to data from the Department of Education showing that Asian-American enrollment at Brown and Yale has been stagnant since 1995, and at Dartmouth since 2004, despite an increase in highly qualified Asian-American students applying to these schools during that time. In fact, data show that Asian Americans must score, on average, “approximately 140 point[s] higher than a White student, 270 points higher than a Hispanic student and 450 points higher than a Black student on the SAT, in order to have the same chance of admission.” The groups suspect Yale, Brown, Dartmouth, and other Ivy League schools “impose racial quotas and caps to maintain what they believe are ideal racial balances,” harkening back to the days of the Chinese Exclusion Act and the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II.
Like many other schools, Yale, Brown, and Dartmouth use a “holistic” approach to evaluate applicants, which allows race and ethnicity to become a large factor in the admission equation. In their complaint, the Asian-American groups assert that these colleges rely on stereotypes and biases to deny Asian-Americans admission. Admission board reviewers’ notes track the stereotypes: “He’s quiet and, of course, wants to be a doctor” or her “scores and application seem so typical of other Asian applications I’ve read: Extraordinarily gifted in math with the opposite extreme in English.”
Since the admissions policies at these schools are highly secretive, they freely discriminate against Asian-American applicants. In fact, Yale’s law school recently began destroying its admissions records, presumably to avoid having to disclose the criteria such as race and other standards they use to determine admissions.
6/24/16 NBC News: “Asian-American Advocates Celebrate, Bemoan Affirmative Action Decision”
by Chris Fuchs
The U.S. Supreme Court’s 4-3 vote Thursday to uphold the affirmative action policy at the University of Texas at Austin generally received praise from Asian-American advocacy groups and elected officials. But one coalition called the ruling a “dark day for the hardworking children of Asian Americans,” who it says encounter discrimination with race-conscious admissions.
6/23/16 Competitive Enterprise Institute: “Supreme Court Upholds Race-Based Social Engineering in Fisher v. University of Texas”
By Hans Bader
Today, the Supreme Court upheld the University of Texas’s race-based admissions policy, which discriminates against white and Asian applicants. It did so in a 4-to-3 ruling that gullibly deferred to a university’s pretexts for using race, and ignored a number of the Supreme Court’s own past decisions in doing so.
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The Supreme Court’s majority was disingenuous in refusing to address the statistical evidence showing the University of Texas’s discrimination against Asian-American applicants. That discrimination was both at odds with its “diversity” rationale for using race, and a sign that that the University’s true goal was to achieve a de facto quota or proportional representation by race, which the Supreme Court’s own past precedents – Bakke and Gratz – said were not legitimate state interests, much less compelling ones. This is fatal, because an improper motivation for using race taints an otherwise valid affirmative-action program, under Supreme Court precedent. Diversity must have been UT’s “actual purpose” for using race, for such use of race to be constitutional under the Supreme Court’s past rulings. (See, e.g., Shaw v. Hunt, 517 U.S. 899, 908 n.4, 910 (1996)).
As Justices Alito, Roberts, and Thomas noted in dissent, “Asian-American enrollees admitted to UT . . . have consistently higher average SAT scores than white enrollees,” who in turn have higher average scores than black and Hispanic applicants. This discrimination against Asians directly undercuts the University’s “diversity” argument, since the Asian percentage of the student body has always been lower than the Hispanic percentage, and if “diversity” were truly the University’s goal – as opposed to achieving a de facto quota – it would not be favoring Hispanics over Asians in admissions. As the Asian American Legal Foundation noted, the university’s policy reflected the untenable and racist assumption that “Asian Americans are not worth as much as Hispanics in promoting ‘cross-racial understanding,’ breaking down ‘racial stereotypes,’ and enabling students to ‘better understand persons of different races.’”
Rather than address the statistical reality of discrimination against Asian applicants, the Supreme Court majority instead cited a contrary assertion in an amicus brief filed by a progressive Asian group. That brief claimed that there was no discrimination against Asians (by which the brief meant, no more discrimination against Asians than whites). But arguments in amicus briefs are not evidence. By contrast, the Supreme Court’s own past rulings such as Teamsters v. United States (1977) recognize that such statistics can demonstrate intentional discrimination.
6/23/16 NBC News: “‘Giving Back’: Why One Asian-American Woman Is Headed to West Point”
by Chris Fuchs
Iris Yu was seven years old when she told her parents she wanted to join the Army. The family was visiting the prestigious U.S. Military Academy at West Point in upstate New York when Yu saw the army uniform and thought it was cool.
6/23/16 NBC News: “Hispanics, Asian Americans Among Most Purged Voters in New York City: Analysis”
by Chris Fuchs
Hispanics in Brooklyn, New York, were disproportionately purged from voter rolls last summer compared to other ethnicities or races, according to an analysis by WNYC. Also high on the list were voters surnamed Wong and Chan, the New York public radio station’s analysis found, which are both common last names among Chinese Americans.
6/21/16 Newsweek: “Do the Ivys Discriminate Against Asian-Americans?”
BY Elizabeth Slattery
Any day now, the U.S. Supreme Court will hand down its decision in Abigail Fisher’s discrimination suit against the University of Texas at Austin. However the justices rule in that case, more lawsuits accusing school admissions programs of discrimination are likely to come.
In May, the Asian American Coalition for Education and 130 other Asian-American groups asked the U.S. Department of Education and the Justice Department to investigate Yale University, Brown University and Dartmouth College for their admissions policies, which they claim amount to “race-based quotas” that lock out well-qualified Asian-American applicants.
6/18/16 Reuters: “Shame, Fear Keeping Asian-Americans From Seeking Deportation Protection”
South Korean-born Hyun Kim feels American to his bones, but the undocumented immigrant has failed to seek protection from deportation under a program launched by President Barack Obama to shield young people brought to the United States as children.
6/16/16 USA Today College: “Asian-American representation in classrooms: The next battleground?”
By Grace Z. Li (Harvard University)
A growing movement of Asian-American activists is adding a new voice into claims of systematic racism at campuses nationwide.
From alleged racism against professors of color to calls for more Asian-American culture courses, the issues have resulted in protests and petitions at schools including Dartmouth College, Williams College, Cornell University, Stanford University and Northwestern University.
6/6/16 The Atlantic: “The Professional Burdens of Being a ‘Model Minority’; Stereotypes about Asian Americans are often held up as proof that racial labels can be flattering, but they subtly produce a number of problems in schools and offices”
by Adia Harvey Wingfield
There are a number of ways in which Asian Americans are thriving economically. They are overrepresented among the ranks of professional-managerial workers in the U.S., and have higher average incomes than whites. On average, they are also more educated than Americans of other racial groups, including whites. These facts lead many to conclude that Asian Americans represent a “model minority”—a group whose hard work, initiative, personal responsibility, and success offer proof that American meritocracy works as intended.
6/15/16 Associated Press: “Latinos, Asian-Americans underrepresented in NY Legislature”
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York is like much of the nation at large when it comes to the representation of minority groups in state legislatures.
While-Asian Americans account for 8 percent of New York’s population, only one member of the state Legislature is of Asian descent. That makes New York one of the top five states for underrepresentation of Asians, along with New Jersey, Nevada, Illinois and California.
6/15/16 New York Magazine: “Why Don’t Jews and Asian-Americans Like the Republican Party?”
By Jonathan Chait
American Jews, Milton Himmelfarb wrote 60 years ago, “earn like Episcopalians and vote like Puerto Ricans.” Jewish Republicans have spent most of the time since then alternating between hopeful predictions that this anomaly would cease, and bitter recriminations as to why it persists. In recent years, Asian-Americans have joined Jews as a demographic curiosity, voting far more heavily Democratic than their aggregate income profile would suggest. Republican staffers Lanhee Chen and Tevi Troy have an op-ed in today’s Wall Street Journal that falls into the latter category, puzzling over the stubborn tendency of their brethren to forsake the GOP. Their answer is the insidious propaganda of the elite universities they attend.
6/15/16 Wall Street Journal: “The Mystery of Jewish and Asian-American Democratic Loyalty; progressive proselytizing at top universities may explain why so many Jews and Asians are liberals”
By Tevi D. Troy And Lanhee J. Chen
Many of this year’s college graduates will cast a vote in a presidential election for the first time in November. If they are Jewish or Asian-American, as we are, the odds are that they will vote Democratic. Among Jews, 78% backed Barack Obama in 2008, and 70% did in 2012, despite a foreign policy that at best could be described as rough on Israel. Asian-American support for Mr. Obama grew between 2008 and 2012, from 62% to an even more lopsided 73%. What accounts for this overwhelming support for Democrats?
6/8/16 wavy.com: “Caught on camera: Business owner fights back with robbery suspect”
By Jason Marks
NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — When Keqiu Wang and her husband Jiamde Lin opened Crazy Wings last year, they didn’t realize things could get so crazy.
6/8/16 India West : “California’s Indian American, AAPI Communities ‘Feel the Bern’”
PALO ALTO, Calif. — The Asian American and Pacific Islander communities — including members of the Indian American community — came in droves to the Cubberley Community Center Pavilion to support Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, D-Vt., in advance of the June 7 primary.
6/7/16 NBC News: “California Votes: This ‘Overlooked’ Group Could Determine the Clinton-Sanders Race”
by Chris Fuchs
As California heads into what some are predicting to be a close Democratic primary, Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community organizations in the Golden State have been busy pushing AAPI voters to head to the polls on Tuesday. One group is also planning to visit voting sites in central California to ensure language assistance is available to voters with limited English proficiency
6/7/16 Angry Asian Man: “White Actor to Play Spider-Man’s Asian Best Friend, Sort Of”
More whitewashing in the Marvel Cinematic Universe? 14-year-old actor Michael Barbieri has reportedly been cast in Marvel’s upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming as one of Peter Parker’s best friends. The part appears to be based on a character named Ganke Lee… who is Asian American in the comic books.
6/3/16 WGBH News: “Asian American groups claim top Ivy League schools practice racial discrimination”
By Kirk Carapezza
Three Ivy League schools are alleged to have used racial quotas to limit the number of Asian American students admitted to their campuses. The Asian American Coalition for Education says Yale, Brown and Dartmouth have been doing this for at least a decade. The group recently filed a complaint with the federal government.
5/25/16 Washington Post: “On Capitol Hill, Asian American representation in pop culture is on the agenda”
By Alyssa Rosenberg
As debates about diversity spread beyond the century-old discussion of how African Americans are represented on-screen, some of the sharpest debates have been about the depiction of Asians and Asian Americans, who, when they aren’t being presented as mystical sages, have often been pigeon-holed as sexless, socially awkward geeks. And amidst those debates, a group of Asian American actors and media entrepreneurs gathered on Capitol Hill on Tuesday for a discussion introduced by Rep. Judy Chu (D-Calif.) and moderated by commentator Jeff Yang about how to move the entertainment industry forward.
5/25/16 New York Times: “Asian-American Actors Are Fighting for Visibility. They Will Not Be Ignored”
By Amanda Hess
When Constance Wu landed the part of Jessica Huang, the Chinese-American matriarch on the ABC sitcom “Fresh Off the Boat,” she didn’t realize just how significant the role would turn out to be. As she developed her part, Ms. Wu heard the same dismal fact repeated over and over again: It had been 20 years since a show featuring a predominantly Asian-American cast had aired on television. ABC’s previous offering, the 1994 Margaret Cho vehicle “All-American Girl,” was canceled after one season.
5/25/16 Southern California Public Radio: “In this political year, will Asian-American voters step up to the polls?”
by Leslie Berestein Rojas
In a small downtown Los Angeles office one May evening, Helen Xiang and her teenage son Sam sat side by side, calling a list of Chinese-American registered voters.
Sam spoke in English and his mother in Mandarin, but their message was the same: get to the polls June 7 and vote in the state primary.
5/25/16 CBS MoneyWatch: “Are elite colleges biased against Asian Americans?”
By Aimee Picchi
Getting accepted by an Ivy League college can seem like a crapshoot, but a coalition of Asian-American organizations alleges that some elite schools are using a discriminatory process that hurts Asian-American applicants.
The complaint, filed by the Asian American Coalition for Education (AACE), claims that Brown, Yale and Dartmouth are relying on quotas to keep enrollment of Asian Americans to about 16 percent of their student bodies. “The situation is eerily reminiscent of the quota system the Ivy League schools maintained for Jews during the 1920s,” the complaint states.
America’s population of Asian Americans between ages 18 and 21 — the prime college years — has jumped from about 3 percent in 1990 to 5.1 percent in 2011, but enrollment of Asian-American students at elite colleges peaked in 1993 and then started declining, according to the complaint.
5/24/16 NBC News: “Asian-American Voters Tip Toward Dems Headed into 2016 Election: Study”
by Charles Lam
Asian-American voters headed into the 2016 elections are shifting toward the Democratic Party, according to a report released Monday by APIA Vote, Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC, and AAPI Data.
5/23/16 Los Angeles Times: “Asian Americans becoming more Democratic, survey finds”
by Kate Linthicum
Asian American voters are flocking toward the Democratic Party and do not like Donald Trump, according to a new poll conducted for several Asian American advocacy groups.
5/23/16 Southern California Public Radio: “Asian-American men fight for lead roles in Hollywood”
by Elyssa Dudley
Tim Chiou is not shy about describing the situation he and other actors like him face in Hollywood: “There’s this unofficial rule that Asian-American men are at the bottom of the food chain in terms of love and sex.”
5/23/16 NBC News: “Opinion: Are Asian Americans Really Healthier Than Everyone Else?”
by Kathy Ko Chin
“Aren’t all Asian Americans healthy?” asked my cab driver as I was telling him about what I did for a living, working at Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF), promoting equitable health policies for Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders. I countered, but he wasn’t convinced.
Even the data shows that, in the aggregate, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are among the healthiest Americans.
5/21/16 The Brockton, MA Enterprise: “Rep. Tackey Chan, Quincy: First Asian American caucus formed in Mass. House of Representatives”
Massachusetts has a long history with Asia. Chinese were on tea ships in Salem during the colonial era and settled in Massachusetts in 1870. In 1841, the first Japanese immigrant to the United States lived in Fairhaven. Today, Lowell and Lynn are home to the second and third largest Cambodian populations in the United States. These are only a small number of examples of the many different Asian nationalities that live in Massachusetts and how they contribute to our history.
Three Asian Americans were elected to the House of Representatives in 2010 for the first time in history. Currently there are five Asian Americans in the House of Representatives. One is a Joint Committee chairman and is an inspiration that leadership positions are possible. As a group, we originate from three different Asian countries and represent 13 municipalities in five different counties. We recognize our differences but focus on our commonalities, working together to make our world stronger.
Forming an Asian American Caucus in the House of Representatives is a significant achievement. We are among the first of a generation. We are the first Chinese, the first Japanese, the first female, and the first and only Cambodian elected to a state or federal position in the United States. This marks incredible growth and is the beginning of increasing diversity at the State House. We believe in a bright future for Asian Americans in Massachusetts and are dedicated to helping make that happen. Each of us face our own unique struggles and are willing to share our experiences with others to show that they are not alone.
5/20/16 The Chronicle of High Education
by Peter Schmidt
Asian-American Groups Accuse Brown, Dartmouth, and Yale of Bias in Admissions
A long list of Asian-American groups plans on Monday to call for federal investigations of Brown University, Dartmouth College, and Yale University for alleged discrimination in admissions.
5/20/16 MarketWatch: “Why Asian Americans are the healthiest Americans”
By Emma Court
Asian American adults — especially Chinese American adults — are more physically and psychologically healthy than other U.S. adults, according to Centers for Disease Control data released Thursday.
5/20/2016 Huffington Post: “What The Government’s Latest Asian-American Health Report Got Wrong”
by Anna Almendrala
The NCHS’s most recent report on the health status of Asian-Americans paints a rosy picture, but data collection methodology suggests the results may be skewed.
Asian-Americans fare better than the general population on five different measures of health, according to a new national study.
But though it may appear that the “model minority“ myth about the 15 million Asians in America extends even to physical and mental health, experts say this finding obscures the truth about vast disparities between Asian subgroups — and that the study’s methodology may have prevented the elderly, immigrants and people who don’t speak English from contributing to a more nuanced picture of the health status of Asians in America.
5/19/16 NBC News: “Nielsen Report Finds Asian-American Consumers An Economic ‘Driving Force'”
by Stephany Bai
Nielsen released its fifth annual Asian-American consumer report today, the latest in the research company’s Diverse Intelligence series. The report, titled “Asian-Americans: Culturally Diverse and Expanding Their Footprint,” explores consumption patterns among Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States.
5/17/16 Boston Post: “Asian-American Lin to head national campus Christian group”
by Kara Bettis
Madison, Wisc. – One of the nation’s leading organizations serving Christian college students has named Tom Lin its next leader. He will become InterVarsity Christian Fellowship USA’s first Asian-American president in August.
5/17/16 India.com: “Why Hollywood’s Whitewashing of Asian-American Characters is Problematic”
By Saloni Gajjar
Mainstream media is finally catching up with Hollywood’s misogynistic practice of whitewashing. The concept isn’t new in the industry—white actors are often cast in roles originally conceived for Asian actors. Most recently, Tilda Swinton was cast as The Ancient One in Marvel’s upcoming movie “Doctor Strange” starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Chiwitel Ejiofor. The casting of Scarlett Johannson as Major Kusanagi in the adaptation of Manga’s “Ghost in the Shell” has also sparked an outrage. In both the original comics, these fantastic roles were Asian. So, why is a white person playing them?
5/16/16 New York Times: “Why Chinatown Still Matters”
By Maurice Berger
There is one thing we do not see in a compelling 1982 self-portrait by Dean Wong: his face. Taken in Seattle’s Chinatown, the photograph zeroes in on the back of a metal helmet, polished to a mirrorlike finish. In it is reflected a crowd of neighborhood residents — a metaphor for the people and hometown community that have shaped and fascinated Mr. Wong.
The image appears in Mr. Wong’s new book, “Seeing the Light: Four Decades in Chinatown” (Chin Music Press), which centers on Seattle but includes images from other cities, including San Francisco, New York and Vancouver, British Columbia. Juxtaposing photographs with short, anecdotal essays, the book serves as a powerful corrective to decades of one-dimensional and blinkered reporting on neighborhoods generally represented in the cultural mainstream as exotic, insular or irrelevant, as places to order a quick meal or marvel at the colorful rituals of the Chinese New Year.
5/14/2016 Huffington Post: “Racial Profiling: Doing Science While Asian American”
by Frank H. Wu
In the past two years, the federal government has twice targeted Asian immigrants for prosecution with sensational allegations that they were spies, only to be embarrassed by the cases turning out to have no basis whatsoever. The federal government rarely sees its criminal cases disintegrate in such absolute terms, but it possesses the power to ruin the lives of naturalized citizens. Both Xiaoxing Xi, chair of the physics department at Temple University, and Sherry Chen, a mid-level civil servant with the National Weather Service, vindicated themselves through exhaustive struggles. The CBS News program Sixty Minutes has produced a segment about their fight for justice.
5/13/16 Inside Higher Education: “Stop Anti-Asian Bias: Whatever the Supreme Court says about affirmative action, it is time for elite colleges to stop favoring white applicants over Asian Americans”
By Hrishikesh Joshi
Any day now the U.S. Supreme Court will rule on Fisher v. University of Texas. The case concerns a lawsuit filed by Abigail Fisher, a white applicant who was denied admission to UT. Fisher argues that her race played a role in the admissions decision, and this, she claims, constituted a violation of her rights.
Yet one feature of modern college admissions practices in the United States that can often be overlooked in this discussion is that white applicants receive a significant boost relative to Asian-Americans. This is among the findings of a major study by Princeton sociologists Thomas J. Epenshade and Alexandria Walton Radford, who also observe that Hispanic and African-American applicants receive a boost relative to whites.
5/13/16 U.S. News and World Report: “Moving Beyond Bubble Tea: Neither Republicans nor Democrats will win Asian-American votes by treating them like a monolith”
By Lynda Tran
When Hillary Clinton downed a cup of bubble tea in Queens last month, the image was compelling not just because the likely Democratic nominee to the White House clearly enjoyed this Asian specialty beverage. It captured our attention because it showcased a basic truism in politics: If you want to win votes, you have to show voters that you “get” who they are. And when it comes to Asian-American voters, that tenet has been more overlooked than you might think.
5/13/16 NBC News: “DNC Launches Video Series Highlighting Asian-American Members of Congress”
by Stephany Bai
The Democratic National Committee (DNC) is honoring Asian-American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) members of Congress with a series of videos throughout the month of May, Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.
5/12/16 Rafu Shimpo: “APAMC: Hollywood Uses Whitewashing and Yellowface to Erase Asian American Stories”
The Asian Pacific American Media Coalition (APAMC) is troubled by recent developments in which white actresses were selected to play the roles of Asian characters in two upcoming movies.
Scarlett Johansson will play a Japanese cyborg whose name has been changed from Major Motoko Kusanagi to simply “The Major” in the new DreamWorks film adaptation of Japanese anime and manga series “Ghost in the Shell” and Tilda Swinton is playing a character originally written as a Tibetan sorcerer, the Ancient One, in Marvel’s upcoming “Doctor Strange” film.
These casting decisions perpetuate the practice of “whitewashing” roles from original material that features Asians as lead characters. The coalition opposes these casting decisions as they contribute to the exclusion of Asian Americans as well as thoughtful Asian and Asian American narratives from mainstream media.
5/11/16 Pew Research Center: “The challenges of polling Asian Americans”
BY George Gaoleave
One question we’re often asked is, Why aren’t Asian Americans shown as a separate group when differences among whites, blacks and Hispanics are discussed?
It’s worth noting that Asians are indeed included in our U.S. surveys. While we often do not break out their standalone views, Asians’ responses are still incorporated into the general population figures that we report.
Nonetheless, it’s a good question, and one we hear frequently, so we put together a summary of some of the methodological and other issues on accurately polling U.S. Asians.
5/11/16 Chicago CBS: “Asian Americans Emerge On Chicago Political Landscape”
By Susanna Song
Chicago (CBS) — For the first time this November, an Asian American could be represented in office at every level from city alderman to Congress.
It’s unprecedented in Chicago and Illinois politics, CBS 2’s Susanna Song reports
5/9/16 Hollywood Reporter: “Where Are the Asian-American Movie Stars?”
By Rebecca Sun and Rebecca Ford
After an uproar over the whitewashing of Asian characters in ‘Doctor Strange’ and ‘Ghost in the Shell,’ THR looks at how Asian-American representation can be improved in Hollywood.
As diversity continues to be the buzzword that isn’t going away, the ancient Hollywood practice of whitewashing has come under fire. When photos were released last month of Tilda Swinton playing The Ancient One in Marvel’s Doctor Strange and Scarlett Johansson as the Major in DreamWorks’ manga adaptation Ghost in the Shell, both characters that were Asian in the original comic books, it sparked a fresh wave of backlash that followed on the heels of the criticism that greeted Emma Stone’s portrayal of a part-Asian character in Aloha last year. (Marvel has explained that Swinton’s version of the character is Celtic, while Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson tweeted that he is “listening and learning” from the Asian-American community’s response to “Hollywood whitewashing, stereotyping & erasure.”)
5/5/16 NBC News: “Obama to Asian-American Community: ‘You Are Part of the Lifeblood of This Nation'”
by Traci G. Lee
WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Barack Obama addressed a range of topics including healthcare, education disparities, and immigration at a gala dinner Wednesday note hosted by the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS).
5/4/16 Los Angeles Times: “Op-Ed: Is racial bias to blame for the high number of Asian Americans charged with espionage?”
by George Koo, Daniel Olmos
In recent years, federal prosecutors have brought a number of high-profile criminal cases against Asian Americans accused of economic espionage or theft of trade secrets. Announced with great fanfare, many of these cases later collapsed.
5/3/16 NBC News: “50 Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders of the Obama Administration”
by Benjamin To
2016 marks the final year of an administration that has been touted as the most diverse in American history, according to a UC Berkeley study reported on by the Washington Post.
In honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, NBC Asian America spoke with fifty of the many Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in President Barack Obama’s administration, who served in capacities from the Department of Homeland Security to the National Endowment of the Arts.
4/29/16 The Root: “Asian Americans to Outnumber African Americans by 2065: Report”
by Richard Prince
According to a recent report from Pew Research Center, 10 Demographic Trends Shaping the U.S., by 2065, the AAPI community will make up 14 percent of the U.S. population with the African American population at 13 percent.
Immigration from Asian countries has overtaken the immigration coming from Latin American countries, including Mexico.
Deep in a blog post headlined, “Future immigration will change the face of America by 2065,” Pew’s D’Vera Cohn wrote, “Non-Hispanic whites will remain the largest racial or ethnic group in the overall population but will become less than a majority, the projections show. Currently 62% of the population, they will make up 46% of it in 2065. Hispanics will be 24% of the population (18% now), Asians will be 14% (6% now) and blacks will be 13% (12% now)”
4/29/16 Reuters: “Asian-American group targets swing states in U.S. presidential race”
By Luciana Lopez
A new group plans to spend millions of dollars to register and turn out Asian-American voters in a handful of U.S. swing states, a bid to give the relatively small but fast-growing group a stronger influence in the Nov. 8 presidential election.
The AAPI Victory Fund plan to spend $2 million to register at least 50,000 voters in places like Nevada, Virginia and North Carolina before election day — states where it says the number of eligible Asian-American voters exceeds the margin of victory in the 2012 presidential poll.
4/28/16 NBC News: “New Report Illustrates Disparities in Elder Asian-American Community”
by Emil Guillermo
The idea of a rapidly growing Asian-American community may invoke images of a booming youthful culture, but in Los Angeles, a new report reveals a graying community that’s less raging and more aging.
Los Angeles County is home to 480,000 Asian-American adults over the age of 50, a number larger than any other county in the nation, according to the findings of a report by the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) and Asian Americans Advancing Justice | Los Angeles released Wednesday.
4/26/16 New York Times: “After Missteps, U.S. Tightens Rules for Espionage Cases”
By Matt Apuzzo
Washington — The Justice Department has issued new rules that give prosecutors in Washington greater oversight and control over national security cases after the collapse of several high-profile prosecutions led to allegations that Chinese-Americans were being singled out as spies.
4/23/16 NPR: “‘Awoken’ By N.Y. Cop Shooting, Asian-American Activists Chart Way Forward”
by Hansi Lo Wang
A bustling street in downtown Brooklyn, N.Y., separated two groups. Each was fenced in by stone-faced police officers and steel barricades: an Asian-American community divided by Tuesday’s sentencing of 28-year-old Peter Liang, the son of Chinese immigrants.
On one side, a group of mainly Chinese-American protesters held up poster boards declaring “Racist Prosecution!” and “Peter Liang Deserves Justice too!” in black marker.
On the other, a racially mixed group of activists that included Asian-Americans lifted “Black Lives Matter” signs, both in English and Chinese.
4/20/16 press release: “AALDEF Exit Poll: Chinatown Voters Support Clinton, Trump in NY Presidential Primaries; 65th AD Special Election Results”
New York, NY — Asian American voters in New York’s Chinatown strongly supported Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump in the April 19 presidential primary elections, according to preliminary results of a bilingual exit poll conducted by the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF).
4/20/16 Brookings Institution: “Asian-American success and the pitfalls of generalization”
by Nathan Joo, Richard V. Reeves and Edward Rodrigue
Asian-American successes in perspective
It is certainly true that treated as a whole group, Asian-Americans appear to be doing well. Relative to other racial and ethnic minorities, they live in wealthier neighborhoods, have high marriage rates, high levels of educational achievement, and are successful in the labor market.
The most striking success of Asian-Americans, and the one most commonly highlighted in the media, is in educational attainment. While 36 percent of whites, 23 percent of blacks, and 16 percent of Hispanics have a bachelor’s degree or more, 54 percent of Asians do. Furthermore, while 14 percent of whites have advanced degrees, 21 percent of Asian-Americans do.
4/20/16 Singapore Straits Times: “Dr. Ken a sitcom written from an Asian-American standpoint”
by Alison de Souza (In Los Angeles)
You will be disappointed if you sit down with comedian Ken Jeong and expect Mr Chow – the flamboyantly foul-mouthed gangster from The Hangover films (2009-2013) – to show up.
The physician he plays in his sitcom Dr. Ken – which airs in Singapore on the Sony Channel (StarHub TV Channel 510, Singtel TV Channel 316) on Wednesdays at 8.20pm – is loosely based on Jeong’s previous incarnation as a general practitioner, a job he gave up a decade ago to pursue acting and comedy.
4/19/16 Los Angeles Times: “No prison time for ex-NYPD Officer Peter Liang in fatal shooting of Akai Gurley”
by Matt Hansen and Matt Pearce
Former New York Police Officer Peter Liang will not serve time behind bars for killing an innocent, unarmed black man in 2014 in a case that drew passionate allegations of racial injustice from both African American and Asian American protesters.
A Brooklyn judge on Tuesday ordered Liang to serve five years’ probation and complete 800 hours of community service, saying the Chinese American rookie cop never intended to shoot, let alone kill, Akai Gurley while patrolling a dark stairwell in a Brooklyn housing project with his gun drawn.
4/19/2016 The Hollywood Reporter: “Asian-American Actresses Call Scarlett Johansson’s ‘Ghost in the Shell’ Role “Blackface””
by Rebecca Sun
Constance Wu, Ming-Na Wen and Joan Chen sounded off during a panel addressing issues facing Asian Americans in Hollywood.
Several Asian-American leading ladies have spoken out on the latest instance of Hollywood whitewashing – and they don’t all feel the same way.
During a luncheon at the Beverly Wilshire on Saturday, Agents of SHIELD’s Ming-Na Wen and Fresh Off the Boat’s Constance Wu shared their reactions to the first image of Scarlett Johansson as Ghost in the Shell heroine Major Motoko Kusanagi.
4/19/16 The Ithacan: “The Asian-American vote”
By Frances Johnson
As of 2014, Asian-Americans make up 4 percent of the eligible voter population. The number varies from study to study, but approximately 47.3 percent of eligible Asian-American voters cast ballots in the 2012 presidential election. The Asian-American vote is the lowest among the major racial and ethnic groups, which leaves many people asking why.
4/19/16 Los Angeles Times: “Doctors’ message to Asian Americans: Watch out for diabetes even if you’re young and thin: Asians are at higher risk for diabetes”
by Soumya Karlamangla
As a doctor in training, Sinha studied which patients were usually diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes: they were at least middle-aged, ate too much fast food, drank soda and didn’t exercise.
The Silicon Valley techies visiting his office were typically slender Asian Americans in their 30s who worked out regularly and ate healthy meals. But, as Sinha repeatedly found, they either already had or were about to get diabetes.
4/18/16 The Guardian: “Scapegoated?’ The police killing that left Asian Americans angry, then divided: The conviction of Peter Liang, a Chinese-American officer who fatally shot unarmed black father Akai Gurley, has sparked complex racial tensions”
by Julia Carrie Wong
When thousands of protesters flooded downtown San Francisco in late February to speak out against the US criminal justice system, an immigrant mother of two took the stage. It was her first time addressing a large crowd, and the first time she had been involved in organizing a protest.
But Luo, a first-generation Chinese immigrant who lives in a middle-class Bay Area suburb that boasts one of the top-rated high schools in the country, was not talking because she was scared that one of her children would end up dead from a police officer’s bullet.
Instead, she was taking part in an international wave of demonstrations on 20 February protesting the conviction of New York police officer Peter Liang, a first-generation Chinese American, for killing Akai Gurley, an unarmed, 28-year-old black father who was quickly described as “totally innocent” by the New York City police commissioner.
4/18/16 NPR: “In Close Race, ‘Unprecedented’ Push For Asian-American Voters Comes To N.Y.”
by Hansi Lo Wang
The next presidential primary battle has arrived in a state with one of the country’s largest Asian populations.
A bulk of New York’s more than 903,000 eligible Asian-American voters lives in New York City, where 24-year-old Brenda Nguyen has been going door to door for the Bernie Sanders campaign in Sunset Park, a Brooklyn neighborhood with a growing Chinese-American community.
4/13/16 Los Angeles Times: “Why this cop’s conviction brought thousands of Asian Americans into New York’s streets”
by Frank Shyong
On a Saturday in February, Chivy Ngo, who owns Mister Bo Ky restaurant in Brooklyn, took a rare three-hour lunch break, closed his restaurant and taped a sign to the door.
“Will be at the rally for PETER LIANG reopen at 3 p.m.”
Ngo, a Chinese immigrant from Vietnam, rarely participates in politics. But that was before New York Police Officer Peter Liang fired his gun into a dark stairwell, and the ricocheting bullet struck and killed an unarmed black man.
4/11/16 Voice of America: “Why Asian Americans Are the Most Educated Group in America”
by Dora Mekouar
Asian Americans are the highest-earning and fastest-growing racial group in the United States.
They’re also the best educated, as new numbers released by the U.S. Census Bureau demonstrate. More than half of Asians in the United States, 54 percent, have at least a bachelor’s degree. That’s up from 38 percent in 1995. It’s an impressive number, especially when compared to the 33 percent college-graduation rate for the total U.S. population.
4/11/16 Brooklyn Daily Eagle: “Asian-Americans solidify political clout by forming Democratic club”
By Paula Katinas
Hoping to harness the city’s burgeoning Asian-American population into a major political force, community leaders have formed a new political club and have established an ambitious agenda aimed at registering large number of Asian-Americans to vote and pushing elected officials to start paying attention to the needs of Asian-Americans.
4/5/16 INQUIRER.net: “California’s Asian voters could deliver poll wins–study”
By: Cecile Ochoa
LOS ANGELES — Asian Americans could deliver election victories to campaigns and candidates who understand what motivates Asian American voters, says a poll done by an influential Asian American organization.
The AJ-LA project underscores the observation that Asian American voters have the potential to deliver the margin of victory in many local, state and federal elections. Asian Americans are the fastest growing racial group across the United States,
4/5/16 Music Industry News Network : “Asian-American Rock Band The Slants Win Historic Trademark Case In Federal Appeals Court”
On Tuesday, December 22, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled that the Asian-American band The Slants have the right to register their trademark. In a decision with national implications on free speech, the appeals court ruled that the U.S Patent and Trademark Office and Department of Justice violated the band’s First Amendment rights. In a 9-3 vote, the appeals court struck down the “disparagement” portion of the Lanham Act, a 1946 law that allowed the Trademark Office to deny marks that could be considered “scandalous, immoral, or disparaging.” Writing for the opinion, Judge Kimberly Moore stated, “Courts have been slow to appreciate the expressive power of trademarks…Words — even a single word — can be powerful. Mr. Simon Tam named his band The Slants to make a statement about racial and cultural issues in this country. With his band name, Mr. Tam conveys more about our society than many volumes of undisputedly protected speech.” This victory comes after six years of fighting against the Trademark Office.
3/30/16 89.3 KPCC: “New poll shows Asian American voters shifting in political views”
by Mary Plummer
While conservative on some issues, Asian American voters in California have long been known to lean Democratic. But new polling data shows that the electorate may be shifting further to the left.
3/27/16 Jersey Pinoy: “Stuyvesant’s Case”
Recent media reports say that Asian-Americans account for almost three-fourths of the enrollment at Stuyvesant High School, one of the city’s eight specialized, elite public high schools that strictly use test scores as basis for admission. “Each November, over 28,000 eight and ninth graders take the two-and-a-half hour Specialized High Schools Admission Test, and roughly 800 students, or 2.8% of applicants, are accepted to Stuyvesant each year,” Wikipedia says. Of this small number of successful applicants, over 70% are Asian, Sara happily being one of them this year. But getting into Stuyvesant is not an easy job. Sara had to give up many weekends for months to take SHSAT test preparation classes at Kweller Prep, doing writing assignments and practice tests on top of her regular I.S. 73 homework for many days. We spent close to $5K of our savings on sessions that began as early as the fall of 2014 and ended in an intensive one-week after school session days before the October 2015 test.
3/27/16 Channel News Asia: “Growing Asian American community could play bigger role in presidential race”
The Asian American community represents 3 per cent of voters, but its political clout could increase as it is expected to swell to 10 per cent by 2044.
By Kevin McAleese
3/24/16 Crain’s: “The backstory of Cuomo’s Asian-less diversity panel: There was just one state legislator of Asian descent to choose from, and he’s at war with the governor”
by Erik Engquist
If there’s one thing you want on a diversity panel, it’s diversity.
Yet the Advisory Council on Diversity and Inclusion announced by Gov. Andrew Cuomo March 18 to accelerate hiring of minorities in state government was bereft of Asian-Americans.
3/24/16 NY Post: “Assemblyman warns of riots if ex-NYPD cop gets no-jail sentence in fatal shooting”
By Emily Saul
Assemblyman Charles Barron on Thursday warned of riots, saying “violence is inevitable” if former NYPD officer Peter Liang gets the no-jail sentence recommended by Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson.
3/16/16 Medill Reports Chicago: “Illinois Primary Results Highlight Rising Political Power of Asian Americans”
By Jenny G. Zhang
Tuesday’s primary election proved a big win for Asian Americans, as candidates Theresa Mah, Josina Morita, Tammy Duckworth and Raja Krishnamoorthi won their respective races in Illinois.
3/15/16 Los Angeles Times: “George Takei, Ang Lee and other Asian academy members protest Oscars jokes”
by Rebecca Keegan
A group of 25 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences members of Asian descent have sent a letter to academy leaders objecting to jokes mocking Asians during February’s Oscar show.
3/14/16 NBC News: “In Florida, a Community Push to Grow the Asian-American Electorate”
by Emil Guillermo
Asian Americans are approximately 2.5 percent of the electorate in Florida, according to APIA Vote — roughly half the proportional size of the national Asian-American electorate — but this election year, there’s an all-out effort to grow the vote.
3/14/16 NBC News: “Asian-American Organizations Rally Together to Find a Role in Ohio Vote”
by Emil Guillermo
In Ohio, the most vocal Asian Americans are Democrats, but the community likes to point to a young Republican as an example of empowerment.
In Ohio state Rep. Niraj Antani, the first Indian American voted to the Buckeye State’s legislature, they see an example of how a small community can make a difference despite being approximately 1.3 percent of the electorate in Ohio, according to APIA Vote.
3/11/16 NBC News: “Rubio Adviser: The GOP Can Win Back Asian-American Voters”
by Alice Rhee
As Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio’s campaign faces a lagging delegate count, one of Rubio’s top policy advisers, Lanhee Chen, remains bullish on his candidate and hopeful that his party can win back Asian-American voters, who have swung increasingly toward the Democratic Party since the early ’90s.
3/11/16 Washington Post: “Will the U.S. Supreme Court get its first Asian American justice?”
By Amy Goldstein
On a Monday last month, the residents of a village in southern India organized special prayers for an American judge nearly 9,000 miles away. The federal judge’s father was born in the village, called Mela Thiruvenkatanathapuram, and now the son had surfaced as a possible justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.
Such pride reflects the attention now focused on Sri Srinivasan, 49, a member of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit who is a leading candidate in President Obama’s search to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court, according to people familiar with the deliberations. If he were chosen, Srinivasan, born in India and raised in Kansas, would become the first Asian American nominated to the high court.
3/10/16 Washington Post: “What would a Hindu justice mean for the Supreme Court?”
By Julie Zauzmer
President Obama has narrowed his list of potential Supreme Court nominees to about six names, our colleagues on The Post politics staff report.
One jurist in the running, whose name has been floated for the Supreme Court starting almost immediately after Justice Antonin Scalia’s death, would make history: Sri Srinivasan would be the first Hindu justice ever to serve on the Supreme Court.
3/9/16 New York Daily News: “Politicians and community leaders to meet with NYPD to discuss hate crimes against Asian-Americans”
by Lisa Colangelo
Assemblyman Ron Kim says victims in Asian-American community “felt targeted by the assailants because of their ethnicity yet the attacks were not classified as hate crimes.”
Asian-American leaders, concerned the NYPD takes too long to classify hate crimes against the community, will meet with police officials in Flushing on Thursday at a special public meeting.
Those incidents included the brutal slashing of 16-year-old exchange student JiaJia Liang in December while she walked to school in Queens and the stabbing of playwright David Henry Hwang in Brooklyn in November.
3/6/16 Associated Press: “Asian-American Jab At Oscars Reveals Deeper Diversity Woes”
Los Angeles (AP) — TV’s “Fresh Off the Boat” creator Nahnatchka Khan was reveling in Oscar host Chris Rock’s deft comedic assault on white-fixated Hollywood. Then three Asian-American kids were brought onstage for a gag mocking them as ethnic stereotypes.
3/5/16 Los Angeles Times: “How Asian Americans climbed the ranks and changed the political landscape”
by Victoria Kim
Steve S. Kim had been running a flower shop with his sister across the street from Los Angeles City Hall for a couple years when a customer who bought flowers every week for his wife off-handedly asked a life-changing question.
A year earlier, riots had torn through Los Angeles. The new mayor, Richard Riordan, was amassing a diverse staff. Did Kim have any interest in politics?
Kim, who was 25 at the time, figured: Politics? Why not?
3/3/16 The National Law Journal: “White House Reaches Out to Asian-American Leaders About Supreme Court Seat”
by Zoe Tillman
A White House official held a conference call Thursday evening with Asian-American and Pacific Islander leaders to discuss the U.S. Supreme Court. Several Asian-American judges have been discussed as leading candidates for the late Justice Antonin Scalia’s seat.
3/2/16 NBC News: “Texas Republican Primary Results Leaves Some Asian Americans Divided”
by Emil Guillermo
Texas not only had the top prize Tuesday night — 155 Republican delegates — it also featured the largest Asian American electorate among the Super Tuesday states.
2/29/16 Los Angeles Times: “Chris Rock’s Oscars joke about Asian American accountants stirs outrage”
by Randall Roberts
Despite an Academy Award ceremony focused on addressing issues of diversity in Hollywood, Asian Americans expressed outrage on social media after two jokes that poked at stereotypes. The comments, one by host Chris Rock during a skit and another by comedic actor Sacha Baron Cohen under his Ali G persona, were particularly notable due to the controversy surrounding the #OscarsSoWhite theme.
2/29/16 CCTV America: “2016 election candidates court growing Asian-American vote in Virginia”
by Jessica Stone
Part of winning Virginia’s primary election is winning the votes of Asian-Americans. Their influence in the state is growing, especially in the northern part of the state.
Asians made up just 4.8 percent of the American population in the last U.S. Census.
But in Virginia politics, where races are tight, Asian-American voters matter.
2/29/16 NBC News: “On Super Tuesday, Asian Americans in Texas Poised to Make a Difference”
by Emil Guillermo
Hillary Clinton was busy winning in South Carolina on Saturday, so Asian Americans in Texas had to settle for a world famous ice skating champ.
As early voting ended Friday in the Lone Star State, Michelle Kwan, who signed on to join the Clinton campaign last June, was brought in to rally Asian Americans and show them it doesn’t take an Olympian effort to get out and vote on Super Tuesday.
2/27/16 Harvard Magazine: “Overseers Petitioners Challenge Harvard Policies”
by John S. Rosenberg
As campaign announcements go, it was as splashy as could be: a page-one story in The New York Times of January 15, headlined “How Some Would Level the Playing Field: Free Harvard Degrees.” The article detailed a plan by five people to petition for slots on the annual ballot for Harvard’s Board of Overseers election under a common campaign theme, “Free Harvard, Fair Harvard.”
It then pivots to another point, drawing a substantive conclusion about admissions practices. It says, “…top officials at Harvard, Yale, Princeton and the other Ivy League schools today strongly deny the existence of ‘Asian quotas.’ But there exists powerful statistical evidence to the contrary.…Racial discrimination against Asian-American students has no place at Harvard University and must end.” [This claim is a subject of current litigation against Harvard; it is also an issue on which some members of the petition slate have expressed their conclusions—see discussion below.]
2/24/16 New York Post: “A political awakening is taking hold with Asian-American New Yorkers”
By Post Editorial Board
As Lunar New Year celebrations wind down, it’s worth noting that this transition from the Year of the Goat to the Year of the Monkey marks a sharp rise in Asian-American political consciousness in the city — with bigger changes likely ahead.
State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli holds his annual New Year affair Thursday at the Yung Wing School in Chinatown; we bet he’ll hear something new this year.
Last weekend, several thousand Chinese-Americans rallied at Cadman Plaza to protest the manslaughter conviction of former Police Officer Peter Liang in the death of Akai Gurley.
2/24/16 Los Angeles Times: “Ex-state Sen. Leland Yee gets 5 years in prison in corruption case”
by Maura Dolan and Patrick McGreevy
A federal district judge sentenced former state Sen. Leland Yee, a San Francisco Democrat, to five years in prison Wednesday for trading political favors for campaign contributions. He was also fined $20,000.
2/23/16 New York Times Magazine: “How Should Asian-Americans Feel About the Peter Liang Protests?”
By Jay Caspian Kang
Every public thing that happens to Asian-Americans — whether the unexpected ascent of a Harvard-educated basketball star, the premiere of a network family sitcom or the conviction of a 28-year-old rookie cop who shot and killed an unarmed black man in the stairwell of a housing project — doubles as a referendum on the state of the people. This sounds unfair, but it happens because Asian-Americans are so rarely in the national conversation, especially within the sludgy arena of identity politics. As a rule, we seldom engage in the sort of political advocacy and discourse that might explain, or even defend, our odd, singular and tenuous status as Americans. This is how it has always been for immigrant populations who believe, rightly or wrongly, that they are on a quick march toward whiteness.
On Saturday, Feb. 20, Asian-Americans briefly broke that silence: They were among the thousands across the country who gathered to protest the manslaughter conviction of the former N.Y.P.D. officer Peter Liang in the killing of Akai Gurley, a 28-year-old black man. Last November, just five days before a grand jury in St. Louis decided to not indict Officer Darren Wilson in the killing of Michael Brown, Liang and his partner were on patrol in the Louis Pink Houses in East New York, Brooklyn. Liang, who had his gun drawn, opened a door to a stairwell. The gun was discharged; a bullet ricocheted off a wall and struck Gurley. Rather than administer medical treatment to Gurley, Liang and his partner argued over who would call their supervisor.
2/23/16 Seattle Globalist: “Peter Liang case stirs passion and controversy in Asian American community”
by Venice Buhain and Alex Garland
About 200 people marched in downtown Seattle over the weekend in support of former New York City police officer Peter Liang.
Demonstrators say the Chinese American police officer stands to receive a harsher punishment than white NYPD police officers have received, after he was found guilty of manslaughter in the shooting death of Akai Gurley.
2/23/16 Voice of America” Asian Americans Face Unique Odds When Running for Office”
by Elizabeth Lee
LOS ANGELES— Asian Americans have been described as the “Next Sleeping Giant” in American politics. The Asian American electorate is projected to double in the next 25 years, as the overall Asian population expands by 74 percent. The western state of California is home to about one-third of the nation’s Asian Americans, and some of them have chosen a political career, including immigrants who have become U.S. citizens. But these candidates have learned that running for office poses some unique challenges.
2/22/16 NBC News: “CEOs in the Making: The Youngest Asian-Americans in Tech”
by Eva Shang
Grace Xiao is taking an indefinite leave of absence from Harvard. As the founder of Kynplex, a start-up conceived as the LinkedIn for scientific innovation, Xiao, 21, is leaving Boston on a Thiel Fellowship, a prestigious program that offers entrepreneurial students $100,000 to drop out of school for two years to work on their startups.
2/22/16 Breitbart: “Analysts: Asian-American Vote Could Move Right over Security”
by William Bigelow
The Asian-American population in Orange County, traditionally a Democratic constituency, may be willing to turn toward the Republican Party if the GOP continues its efforts at outreach, analysts say.
Although 73 percent of Asian-Americans voted for Barack Obama in 2012, in 2014 three Asian Republicans were elected to the state Legislature and three of five members of the county Board of Supervisors are Asian-Americans. National exit polls revealed 49 percent Asian-Americans voted for GOP congressional candidates.
2/22/16 Telesur: “Police Killing of Akai Gurley Divides Asian-American Community”
The fatal police shooting of Akai Gurley by an Chinese-American police officer has been a contentious issue for some Asian-Americans.
The Committee Against Anti-Asian Violence has condemned recent threats and harassment directed at supporters of justice for the slain unarmed Black youth, Akai Gurley, following a verdict that found police officer Peter Liang guilty of manslaughter.
2/21/16 Voice of America: “Asian-Americans Await Possible Supreme Court Nominee”
by Elizabeth Lee
LOS ANGELES— Ever since the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, names of his possible successor have been circulating in Washington and throughout the legal community, including that of Jacqueline Nguyen, who came to the U.S. as a refugee from Vietnam.
2/21/16 Daily Mail Online: “Nearly 15,000 people protest in New York over Asian-American cop’s manslaughter conviction for shooting unarmed black man;
Crowds accused authorities of ‘scapegoating’ Chinese-American cop
Liang was convicted Feb 11 after shooting unarmed Akai Gurley in 2014
But supporters say it was an accident and he was only convicted due to growing anger over police shootings
Counter-protesters say the pro-Liang protest was an ‘insult’ to Gurley’s family”
By James Wilkinson
A crowd of almost 15,000 people descended on Cadman Plaza, just outside the federal courthouse in Brooklyn, on Saturday to protest the manslaughter conviction of police officer Peter Liang, 28, after he fatally shot an unarmed black man in 2014.
2/21/16 NY Post: “Biased DA, city scapegoat the Asian-American community”
By Shirley Ng
The justice system has always failed Asian-Americans.
We remember all too well the brutal 1982 slaying of Vincent Chin — a 27-year-old Chinese-American man killed near Detroit by two thugs who believed he was Japanese and thus responsible for Motown’s downturn. His killers got off virtually scot-free.
Army Pvt. Danny Chen, who grew up in Manhattan’s Chinatown, was systematically beaten and harassed, driving him to suicide. His tormentors were barely given slaps on the wrist.
And now, the community has been victimized again — this time by Brooklyn DA Ken Thompson and his office’s unjust prosecution of NYPD Officer Peter Liang.
2/20/16 ABC News: “Thousands Rally in NYC, Around US Over Officer’s Conviction”
By julie walker and michael balsamo, associated press
About 10,000 protesters, some holding signs and other chanting, rallied in New York on Saturday in support of a former police officer convicted for fatally shooting an unarmed man in a darkened stairwell in a public housing building.
The protest in Brooklyn over ex-officer Peter Liang’s manslaughter conviction in the 2014 shooting of Akai Gurley was one of about 30 taking place around the U.S., organizers said. About 2,000 people marched in Philadelphia, according to Philly.com, and about 150 gathered in Ann Arbor, Michigan, according to The Ann Arbor News.
2/20/16 Asia Times: “Peter Liang cop conviction makes Asian American tiger roar”
By Orla O’Sullivan
NEW YORK–The mood of the crowd protesting at the manslaughter conviction of Chinese American policeman Peter Liang changed when his mother took to the stage this weekend.
An estimated 10,000 people — in one of the greatest shows of Asian American force New York has ever seen — had been chanting angry slogans. Among them: “No scapegoat!” “No justice, no peace!” and “We got the power!”
2/16/16 Washington Post: “Asian Americans, growing in number, struggle to emerge from political shadows”
By Pamela Constable
Sixteen Asian American men and women boarded a van in Springfield, Va., early one recent morning, armed with brochures and talking points. They were headed to Richmond for a day of lobbying, strategizing and mingling with state legislators and officials.
2/15/16 Associated Press: “Candidates court Asian-American vote in Nevada”
by Nicholas Riccardi
Las Vegas – As Democrats Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders compete for every vote before Saturday’s Nevada caucuses, they look for support among members of the nation’s fastest-growing ethnic group. Asian-Americans comprise 6 percent of the U.S. population, and their numbers have increased 56 percent since 2000. In Nevada, Asian-Americans are 9 percent of the population.
2/15/16 Associated Press: “Asian-American votes prized in Nevada caucus, including from former Hawaii residents”
By Nicholas Riccardi
Las Vegas (AP) — Cynthia Ameli stopped her car, shocked at what she saw: A group of young Asian-Americans waving Obama campaign signs on the side of a Las Vegas thoroughfare.
A Chinese-American who grew up in Chicago, Ameli was used to African-Americans and Latinos organizing for candidates, but not members of her own ethnic community. Even more astounding to her were how those signs in late 2012 announced the support of a community that had rarely spoken out about its politics — “Asian American Pacific Islanders for Obama.” Ameli leapt out of her car and asked for a sign.
2/13/16 Huffington Post: “Peter Liang, An Asian American Scapegoat?”
by Frank H. Wu, Distinguished Professor, UC Hastings College of the Law
Peter Liang has been made a scapegoat. The dictionary definition of the Biblical term is an individual (originally a goat) sacrificed for the sins of others. He is a fall guy. The Chinese American New Yorker has been found guilty of killing Akai Gurley, an unarmed African American, in an 2014 encounter in public housing.
2/12/16 New York Times: “Many Asians Express Dismay and Frustration After Liang Verdict”
By Sarah Maslin Nir and David W. Chen
As the jury read the verdict — guilty — in the manslaughter trial of a New York City police officer whose gunshot into the stairwell of a public-housing building killed an unarmed man, the officer, Peter Liang, crumpled in his seat in State Supreme Court in Brooklyn, his face falling into his hands.
2/12/16 Newsday: “An inept defense hurt Peter Liang”
By Len Levitt
Former rookie cop Peter Liang was not convicted on a charge of criminally negligent homicide in the shooting death of Akai Gurley in the stairwell of a Brooklyn housing project. And, he did not seem guilty of the higher crime of manslaughter, which is what a Brooklyn jury convicted him of on Thursday.
2/12/16 Bensonhurst Bean: “Asian American Community Reacts To Conviction Of Rookie Cop From Bensonhurst: ‘No Justice, Only Politics’”
By Benjamin Cohn
The conviction of an Asian American rookie cop who accidentally discharged his weapon, killing an innocent man in the staircase of a Brooklyn housing project in November, has evoked strong reactions from local Asian American leaders and community members.
2/5/16 NBC News: “Concerns Raised Over Reported Rise in Crime Against Asian Americans in NYC”
by Chris Fuchs
Members of New York’s congressional delegation sent a letter to the New York Police Department (NYPD) expressing concern over what they say is a rise in crime against Asian Americans and urging the department to hire more Asian police officers.
2/2/16 Observer: “Why Asian Americans Don’t Vote Republican”
By Cecilia Hyunjung Mo
During the recent No Labels-hosted Problem Solver Convention in New Hampshire, things got a little uncomfortable.
When Joseph Choe, an Asian-American college student, stood up to ask a question about South Korea, Donald Trump cut him off and wondered aloud: “Are you from South Korea?”
Choe responded, “I’m not. I was born in Texas, raised in Colorado.” His answer prompted laughter from the audience, and nothing more than a shrug from the GOP presidential candidate.
2/2/16 CCTV: “Fundraising group promotes more Asian-American US voters”
by Mark Niu
To change that, a group called the Asian American Pacific Islander, AAPI, Victory Fund was formed.
It’s the first Super PAC, or political action committee, that seeks to mobilize Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders around issues and voting.
1/26/16 National Journal: “Asian Americans Feel Held Back at Work by Stereotypes”
by Leah Askarinam
Shen’s friend encouraged him to start writing about these issues in his blog. To get a better grasp on the scope of discrimination beyond his friends’ anecdotes and his own personal experiences, Shen posted a survey, which about 350 Asian-American men filled out. About one-third reported that they “feel they are treated worse than white people,” and 88 percent reported experiencing a racial stereotype. The most common stereotypes were being good at math, followed by having a small penis and being good with computers.
1/26/16 Voice of America: “Asian-Americans Becoming More Politically Engaged”
by Elizabeth Lee
Los Angeles— For Hugh Tra, an immigrant from Vietnam who says he has been politically active since high school, U.S. foreign policy is personal.
1/20/16 Forbes: “How Asian Americans Can Break Through The Bamboo Ceiling”
by Liyan Chen
Asian Americans are the fastest-growing, highest-income, best-educated racial group in the U.S., according to Pew Research Center. While they are well represented in the non-managerial workforce, they’re often significantly under-represented in the executive suite.
1/19/16 Colorlines.com: “Study: White Students See Asian-Americans as More Competent Than Blacks, Latinos”
by Kenrya Rankin
A new study proves the model minority stereotype is alive and well on some American college campuses.
1/14/16 New York Times: “How Some Would Level the Playing Field: Free Harvard Degrees”
By Stephanie Saul
Ron Unz, a conservative advocate, put together the slate of five candidates for the Board of Overseers at Harvard that is asking if the university ought to be tuition-free for undergraduates. Credit Jim Wilson/The New York Times
Should Harvard be free?
That is the provocative question posed by a slate of candidates running for the Board of Overseers at Harvard, which helps set strategy for the university. They say Harvard makes so much money from its $37.6 billion endowment that it should stop charging tuition to undergraduates.
But they have tied the notion to another, equally provocative question: Does Harvard shortchange Asian-Americans in admissions?
Their argument is that if Harvard were free, more highly qualified students from all backgrounds would apply, and the university would no longer have trouble balancing its class for racial or ethnic diversity — making sure, they say, that Asian-Americans do not lose out.
1/14/16 The College Fix: “Conservatives attempt a coup at Harvard by pledging free tuition, fairness for Asian Americans”
Asian-American groups suing Harvard for allegedly discriminating against their applicants have a new set of allies.
An “outsider” slate running for Harvard’s Board of Overseers is pledging to end tuition for undergraduates as well as treat Asian-American applicants by the same admissions standards as everyone else, The New York Times reports:
1/14/16 Salon: “Alabama cop paralyzed Indian grandfather; judge throws out case after two racially charged trials”
by Ben Norton
Sureshbahi Patel was walking on the sidewalk outside of his son’s home in an Alabama suburb on the morning of Feb. 6, 2015, minding his own business, when a white police officer approached him, frisked him and threw him to the ground, leaving him paralyzed.
1/14/16 New York Daily News: “NYC students in rich neighborhoods are doing better in school than kids in low-income areas”
BY Lisa L. Colangelo
“The most surprising finding was that Asian students in low-income school districts, despite facing a similar type of income-based achievement gap as other groups, are actually starting to close the gap with their high-income Asian peers in ELA proficiency and holding ground in math proficiency,” said Alex Armlovich, a policy analyst for the Manhattan Institute who authored the report.
For example, Armlovich said, Asian students in all school districts, regardless of income, improved proficiency on the math test by about 5.4%.
1/14/16 NPR: “New Asian-American SuperPAC Formed To Increase ‘The Power Of Our Vote'”
by Asma Khalid
To try and narrow that discrepancy, a group of Asian-Americans have created the AAPI (Asian American and Pacific Islander) Victory Fund.
“This fund is dedicated to really, at this point, one singular objective — and that is: How do we mobilize the Asian-American Pacific Islander community?” said Shekar Narasimhan, chairman of the AAPI Victory Fund and a Democratic political operative.
1/13/16 Huffington Post: “The State of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Is Growing Stronger–But Not for the Reasons Many Think”
by Christopher Kang
The state of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders is growing stronger, too–but not for the reasons that are commonly (mis)portrayed.
The state of AAPIs is often characterized as strong because we are so-called “model minorities.” On average, Asian Americans have the highest educational attainment and highest median household income. Some have even suggested we have an “advantage.”
1/8/16 Sampan.org: “Asian American local politicians work to overcome stereotypes”
By Ling-Mei Wong
Wu was first elected in 2013 as Boston city councilor at-large, winning reelection in 2015.
“I’ve always been very proud of my heritage and roots,” Wu said. “The Asian American community has contributed so much to our country at all different levels. So many of the values you associate with Asian American culture make for great public servants, in terms of hard work, thinking of the larger community and reflecting history.”
Not far from Boston, Quincy, too, is experiencing more diversity in city council with the election of its first two Asian American city councilors, Nina Liang and Noel DiBona, who took office on Jan. 4. Liang’s parents are from China, while DiBona’s mother is Thai.
1/8/16 http://www.wnd.com: “Asian-American Dream undermines Dem nightmare: what it is that makes some kids excel at school”
by Carl Jackson
The American Dream is free for all who choose to take advantage of it. Fewer leftist believe that to be the case today, but legal immigrants know better. In fact, if the rest of the world thought the “American idea” was as horrible as so many Democrats claim, we wouldn’t need a border fence, would we?
It’s easy to shout “America sucks!” when you’ve been coddled by her liberties all of your life. However, for Asian parents and students in New York City who have seen the world beyond America’s borders and weren’t impressed, nothing less than success is acceptable in the “land of opportunity.” They’ve run into a small problem, however: School authorities and non-Asian parents in NYC are doing everything in their power to assure that these kids don’t succeed. It’s truly an authentic case of “misery loves company.” Let me explain.
1/6/16 Inside Higher Ed: “‘Inside Graduate Admissions’: What goes on behind closed doors when professors decide who should get chance to earn a Ph.D.? Author of new book was allowed to watch. She saw elitism, a heavy focus on the GRE and some troubling conversations”
By Scott Jaschik
. . .But the question of who gets into Ph.D. programs has by comparison escaped much discussion.
That may change with the publication of Inside Graduate Admissions: Merit, Diversity and Faculty Gatekeeping, out this month from Harvard University Press. Julie R. Posselt (right), the author and an assistant professor of higher education at the University of Michigan, obtained permission from 10 highly ranked departments at three research universities to watch their reviews of candidates. . . . . . .
Across departments and disciplines, Posselt tracks a strong focus on ratings, a priority on GRE scores that extends beyond what most department would admit (or that creators of the test would advise), and some instances of what could be seen as discrimination. Of the latter, she describes a pattern in which faculty members effectively practice affirmative action for all applicants who are not from East Asia, effectively having one set of GRE standards for the students from China and elsewhere in East Asia and another, lower requirement for everyone else. And she describes one instance in which a candidate was strongly critiqued and eventually passed over in part related to her having attended a religious undergraduate institution. (More on both of those issues later.)
1/4/16 NBC News: “Helen Gym, First Asian-American Woman on Philadelphia City Council, Touts Community Investment”
by Frances Kai-Hwa Wang
Helen Gym took office Monday as the first Asian-American woman to ever serve on the Philadelphia City Council. She will serve in a citywide at-large seat.
1/4/16 Boston Post: “Wu elected as first Asian-American City Council president”
BY NBP STAFF
Boston – Boston got its first Asian-American City Council president Monday, as newly sworn-in members joined their returning colleagues to vote in Councilor at Large Michelle Wu to lead the legislative body.
Wu, who turns 31 later this month, won the position by a unanimous vote. The Roslindale resident was first elected to the 13-member council in 2013 and becomes only the third woman to preside over the body in its 106-year history.
1/1/16 Breitbart: “The Campaign to Suppress Asian Success in Schools”
by Dr. Susan Berry1
Policy expert Betsy McCaughey says the overwhelming academic success of Asian-American students has stoked the outrage of school officials and non-Asian parents across the nation.