12/23/13 San Francisco Chronicle: “Latinos, Asian Americans square off in political races”
by Joe Garofoli
Dave Gilliard has seen a lot in 25 years of coordinating political campaigns in California, a resume that includes the 2003 recall of Gov. Gray Davis. But even he doesn’t know what to expect in two legislative races he’s running that are a window into the future of state politics.
That’s because both Orange County races feature an Asian American running against a Latino. As the 2014 campaigns gain momentum, Gilliard isn’t sure what role, if any, race and ethnicity will play in districts that are split among Asians, Latinos and whites. Will voters side with – or against – a candidate because of their race?
12/23/13 Al Jazeera: “Asian Americans: Myth and reality: Contrary to popular perception, discrimination against Asian Americans is alive and well in the US.”
by Tanya Golash-Boza
Tanya Golash-Boza is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Merced. She is the author of Yo Soy Negro Blackness in Peru, Immigration Nation: Raids, Detentions and Deportations in Post-9/11 America and Due Process Denied: Detentions and Deportations in the United States.
Recently, the hashtag #NotYourAsianSidekick exploded on Twitter, trending for more than 24 hours, with over 45,000 tweets in under 24 hours.
This hashtag, started by writer Suey Park, inspired Asian Americans and others to share their thoughts on the multiple ways Asians are marginalised.
12/14/13 MSNBC: “Asian Americans want immigration reform, too”
By Richard Lui
A study released Wednesday by the Asian American Legal Defense and Educaton (AALDEF) of one group shows 67% of Republican respondents support immigration reform. These numbers rise above the average because they are from an ethnic group with arguably the largest stake in the debate.
You might think we’re talking about Latino Americans. The study – conducted in New York, New Jersey, and Virginia – is actually of Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPI).
12/14/13 89.3 KPCC Southern California Public Radio: “Lorde’s dating an Asian guy. Asian guys respond. (Video)”
by Josie Huang
In the last week, “Royals” singer Lorde managed to put out a new single, pick up several Grammy nominations, and as if that weren’t enough, catch flack online about her rumored boyfriend, James Lowe.
Commenters savaged Lowe for his appearance, and for being Asian.
12/10/13 PolicyMic: “Why Young Asian-Americans Are Fleeing Hollywood”
By Dana Ter
Asian-Americans have been moving to Asia to break into the entertainment industry for a while now despite initially having a limited grasp of Mandarin, Cantonese or Korean. It’s been difficult for Asian-Americans to make it in Hollywood, since they are often type-casted into certain roles such as socially awkward geeks or kungfu masters. Mike Hale from the New York Times described how even famous actresses like Maggie Q and Lucy Liu are not entirely able to escape the mold of the “sexy nerd” or the “dragon lady.”
12/8/13 PolicyMic: “Asian-Americans Are the New Kings Of the Internet”
By Justin Chan
Earlier this week, I came across Ryan Higa’s hilarious spoof of Ylvis’ electronic dance song “The Fox (What Does the Fox Say?).” Higa, a popular YouTube personality, is no stranger to attention. Since he first started uploading videos in 2006, he has attracted more than 10 million subscribers. His parody of the viral dance song alone has garnered more than 3,000,000 views since it was uploaded last week.
Higa is one of many Asian-Americans who have taken the internet by storm, a phenomenon which Whitney Pipkin recently described at Asian Fortune News. She writes, “Fueled by a desire to connect with and share their culture, Asian Americans have taken to the Internet, using tools like YouTube to tell their stories and, in some cases, launch successful business ventures.”
12/7/13 Los Angeles Times: “GOP starts a tough struggle to win back Asian American voters”
By Mark Z. Barabak
After years of divided loyalties, Asian American voters have swung heavily behind the Democratic Party and its candidates, posing a serious threat to Republicans whose political base ï¿½ older, whiter, more conservative ï¿½ is shrinking by the day. (Although referred to as the Asian American community, “communities” might be a better word to reflect the diversity of groups tracing their roots from the Indian subcontinent to the Far East.)
12/5/13 Los Angeles Times: “Asian Americans are the most prolific spenders in U.S., survey shows”
By Anh Do
Asian Americans have emerged as the most prolific and impulsive buyers in the nation, according to a Nielsen survey released Thursday.
11/11/13 Asian Fortune: “Republican Party Turns to Grassroots Outreach to Gain Asian Loyalty”
By Michelle Phipps-Evans
In the 2012 presidential election, Asian Americans turned to the Democratic Party and voted in favor of President Barack Obama by a ratio of three to one over Republican challenger, Governor Mitt Romney. According to a survey by the Asian American Justice Center, Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote (APIAVote) and the National Asian American Survey, 73 percent of Asian-American voters cast their lot for the Democratic candidateï¿½slightly above the Latino vote at 71 percent and below the Black vote at 93 percent. However, these combined numbers led to the Democrat retaining the White House for another term.
Itï¿½s no surprise, then, that the Republican Party has had to turn a corner.
According to Jason Chung, the Republican National Committee (RNC)ï¿½s national communications director for Asian and Pacific Islander Engagement, the RNC has been engaging in long-term, grassroots outreach efforts within different communities. The RNC is the presidential nominating convention of the Republican Party.
11/9/13 NPR: “Asian-American Lawyers Act Like ’22 Lewd Chinese Women'”
by Hansi Lo Wang
A cast of New York lawyers and a federal judge debuted a new production on Friday off-off Broadway ï¿½ all the way in Kansas City, Mo. Attorneys have gathered there for the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association’s annual convention. For the past seven years, the meeting has featured dramatic re-enactments of historic trials involving Asian-Americans.
The latest courtroom drama by the Asian American Bar Association of New York is 22 Lewd Chinese Women. The production focuses on the 19th-century Supreme Court case , which involved a group of women from China who sailed to San Francisco without husbands or children.
11/8/13 Paramus Post: “New Poll: Asian American Voters Not Tied to Political Party in Key States”
By Mel Fabrikant
According to the results of an exit poll in Virginia, New Jersey, and New York, Asian American voters are open to candidates of both political parties in key states. The nonpartisan multilingual exit poll of 2,290 Asian American voters was conducted by the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) after the mayoral election in New York and the gubernatorial elections in New Jersey and Virginia.
11/8/13 Asian Fortune: “The Bamboo Curtain to Public Office”
By Josephine Liang
Making up around 5% of the nationï¿½s whole population, and growing at a rate of 46% from 2000 to 2010, Asian Americans are a significant slice of the American pie. However, there are only a handful of Asian Americans currently in public office.
While interest in local politics has been on the increase, Asian American involvement has been historically low, which is a situation that have not changed much over the recent years. This is a curious situation, considering that Asian Americans have a higher socioeconomic background and education level than average, which normally correlates to higher political participation.
There are many hurdles facing Asian Americans who attempt to seek public office.
11/5/13 People for the American Way press release: “Poll: Democrats Crush Republicans Among Latino and Asian American Voters in Virginia”
by Gary Segura
With polls closed across the Commonwealth of Virginia, Latino Decisions can release the results of our 2013 Virginia Election Eve Survey of Latino and Asian American voters, commissioned by Americaï¿½s Voice and the People for the American Way. The poll finds a staggering margin of victory for Democrats within these two rapidly growing segments of the American electorate.
11/1/13 Digital Spy: “Jimmy Kimmel apologizes to Asian-American group over China joke”
By Justin Harp
Jimmy Kimmel has apologized to an Asian-American advocacy group over a joke told on his late-night show.
The comic elicited a firestorm of controversy for a segment on his ABC series, in which a child mockingly suggested that killing the Chinese would erase US debt.
10/31/13 Atlantic Highlands Herald: “The New Jersey Democratic State Committee Launches the South Asian American Caucus”
by Satish V. Poondi
Edison, NJ ï¿½ The New Jersey Democratic State Committee (NJDSC) today joined with leaders from the South Asian community to officially kickoff the South Asian American Caucus. This inaugural event represents the culmination of the New Jersey State Democratic Partyï¿½s commitment to this growing and vibrant community, a community that has long supported democratic values in the state. New Jersey has the third largest South Asian population after California and New York. According to the latest census data, there are more than 350,000 South Asians residing in New Jersey. The South Asian community is very diverse. It includes people of Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi and Sri Lankan descent.
10/26/13 South China Morning Post: “Chinese community rallies against Jimmy Kimmel for ‘kill everyone in China’ comment; Protesters include mainland netizens and Chinese Americans from over 37 states”
by Jeremy Blum
Overseas Chinese communities and domestic Chinese citizens alike have rallied together against US comedian Jimmy Kimmel and television network ABC for a late night talk show skit that suggested Americans “kill everyone in China”.
10/25/13 press release from Asian American Federation of New York: “New York State Senate and Assembly Districts Highlight the Growth and Diversity of Asian New Yorkers”
New York, NY: Today, the Asian American Federation released briefing papers that detail the Asian population, ethnic breakdowns and the major Asian languages spoken in the State Senate and Assembly districts in New York City based on new lines finalized in May 2012. The briefing papers examine the 65 Assembly districts and 26 Senate districts in New York City.
According to Asian Americans of the Empire State: Growing Diversity and Common Needs, published by the Asian American Federation earlier this year, New York State is home to the second largest population of Asian Americans. “While the fastest population growth and the newest communities are in the upstate region, most Asian American New Yorkers live in the New York City metro area,” said Howard Shih, Census Programs Director at the Federation. “The Asian American community is culturally and economically diverse.”
Some of the key highlights from the briefing papers are:
1. For the first time, one State Senate district is majority Asian.
2. Three Assembly Districts are now majority Asian, up from only one in 2002.
3. Chinese is the most spoken language other than English in 5 Assembly Districts and 3 Senate Districts. Korean is the most spoken language other than English in one Assembly District (District 26).
4. The second most commonly spoken Asian language group consists of the languages of the fast-growing South Asian population.
“Asian American communities throughout our city are growing and thriving, adding to the rich cultural diversity that makes New York such a wonderful place,” said State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, whose district includes Manhattan’s Chinatown. Speaker Silver’s district, historically one of the oldest Asian enclaves in the City, is home to almost 60,000 Asian Americans. “These profiles are valuable tools that allow elected officials to keep track of the demographics of the constituencies we represent,” added Speaker Silver.
According to the Assembly district briefing paper, District 40 in Flushing has the largest Asian population, followed by District 25 in Northeast Queens. In District 40, 64% of the population is Asian. “This briefing paper is a tool for elected leaders because it is so important to know what ethnic groups we are serving in our different Assembly districts, and base our services and communications on the needs of different groups. As the only Asian American elected to a state office and the prime sponsor of Data Disaggregation bill, data breakdowns like this enable the state leaders to provide better access to the services that our constituents deserve. I will personally be promoting this tool and sharing it with my colleagues in the New York State Assembly so that we can continue to have stronger connections with our state’s growing Asian American community,” said Assemblymember Ron Kim (D. 40).
“By providing information on the diverse and growing communities across the city and in individual districts, we move one step closer to making state government accessible to everyone it serves. I look forward to working with all the great groups serving the Asian American community to ensure even greater language access to public information,” said Assemblymember Nily Rozic, who represents District 25 which has over 67,000 Asians, or 54% of total population.
On the State Senate side, the district with the largest Asian population is District 16 in Flushing Queens, represented by Senator Toby Ann Stavisky. District 16 has over 176,000 Asians, making the district 55% Asian. “This paper by the Federation highlights one of the most fascinating parts of my district’s incredible culture of diversity and inclusion. I am glad that New Yorkers of all backgrounds, from the Chinese population in Flushing to the South Asian population in Jackson Heights and the Korean population in Murray Hill have decided to call Queens home. I remain committed to ensuring that my constituents have in-language assistance to services, civic participation access, and other opportunities to have a stronger voice in their community. This insightful research helps me better understand and better serve all of the people of the 16th district,” said Senator Stavisky.
District 11 had the second largest Asian population, with over 1 in 3 residents who are Asian. The third largest Asian population is District 26, which encompasses Lower Manhattan’s Chinatown. 24% of the population in District 26 is Asian. Upon review of the briefing paper, Senator Daniel Squadron remarked, “As New York’s Asian American population continues to grow, it’s critical that the community has real partners and a real voice in government. This report only underscores how important that partnership is, on everything from language access in education and government to protecting small businesses.”
“In a few months, the 2014 election cycle for state offices will begin. We hope these briefing papers are tools for elected leaders to reach out and engage the Asian Americans living in their districts. Oftentimes, outreach to our community is overlooked, but having tools like these that show the breakdowns of the top languages in New York City’s state assembly and senate districts, as well as the disaggregation by the top 19 Asian languages spoken in each district, will better equip our leaders to engage residents. In turn, these papers will facilitate community leaders and advocates to show that our civic voice is growing and that we need to better connect with our elected officials to offer our expertise, ask for help and support,” said Cao K. O, executive director of the Federation.
10/21/13 Medical Daily: “Asian Americans More Prone To Obesity, Despite Lower Weights: The Hidden Risks Of Being ‘Skinny Fat’; Asian Americans Face Obesity Related Illnesses At Lower Body Weights
Asian Americans are surprisingly susceptible to obesity-related illnesses, even at much lower BMIs.”
By Matthew Mientka
To the casual observer, Asian Americans may appear immune to the obesity epidemic plaguing whites, African Americans, and Hispanics at a national obesity rate of 35 percent. With relatively low body weights, only 11 percent of Asian Americans are considered obese.
However, this growing population of Americans. set to grow from five percent to nine percent by 2042. may simply be more susceptible to obesity-related health effects at lower weights, with many embodying the concept of “skinny fat” person.
10/19/2013 NY1: “Mayoral Candidates Court Asian American Vote, Fill Up On Soda Ban Debate”
By: Bobby Cuza
It was a tale of two Chinatowns in the mayor’s race Friday as the leading candidates went looking for support in the Asian-American community with very divergent results and also voiced their thoughts on a recent ruling on Mayor Bloomberg’s large sugary drink ban. NY1’s Bobby Cuza filed the following report.
10/11/13 The Salt Lake Tribune: “Asian-Americans troubled by stereotypes from white evangelicals”
By Sarah Pulliam Bailey
Religion News Service
Asian-American Christians are voicing concerns over how they’re depicted by white evangelicals, most recently at a conference hosted by Rick Warren’s Saddleback Church in California.
10/10/13 Northwest Asian Weekly: “Asian American family at center of SUV-bike brawl”
By Colleen Long
The Associated Press
New York (AP): The driver of an SUV involved in a bloody confrontation with a throng of motorcyclists was put in “grave danger” and feared for the life of his family when he drove through the crowd, striking a biker on the street, according to the Associated Press.
Rosalyn Ng said in a statement that she and her husband, Alexian Lien, had been planning to celebrate their wedding anniversary with their 2-year-old daughter on the afternoon of Sept. 29, but instead they were swarmed by a motorcycle rally on Manhattan’s West Side Highway.
10/10/13 New York Daily News: “More white people moving into Chinatown as section sees real estate prices rise: study: Caucasian populations are growing faster in the Chinatowns of Boston, Philadelphia and Manhattan than in each city overall, according to research by the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund in New York.”
By Erica Pearson
The character of Manhattan’s Chinatown is changing as new hotels and luxury condos open and the white population grows faster there than in other parts of the city, a new study shows.
10/10/13 BBC: “Jailed US man Kenneth Bae’s mother in North Korea visit”
The mother of a US citizen imprisoned in North Korea is being allowed to visit him, his family says.
Kenneth Bae, a Korean-American, was arrested last November and sentenced to 15 years’ hard labour in May.
North Korea said that Mr Bae – described as both a tour operator and Christian missionary – had used his tourism business to plot sedition.
10/9/13 NPR: “Yuppie Condos Destroying Chinatowns?”
Big city Chinatowns have long been a haven for Chinese immigrants. But a new report finds that Asian-Americans are leaving Chinatowns as luxury buildings attract wealthier, white residents. For more, host Michel Martin speaks with the report’s author Bethany Li of the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund.
10/3/13 Rafu Shimpo: Los Angeles Japanese Daily News:
“California GOP Strengthening Ties with Asian American Communities”
Anaheim: The California Republican Party will continue strengthening ties with California’s fastest-
growing ethnic group in its third Asian Pacific American Roundtable at the California Republican Party
9/28/13 New America Media: ‘Mandarin Returns Home’ — SAT Scores Climb for Asian Americans
by Andrew Lam
According to The National Center for Fair and Open Testing, there’s a disturbing trend in SAT scores
Since 2006, the score over all has fallen 20 points, dropping from 1518 to 1498 in 2012, six years later.
White students’ average score has fallen by a relatively small 4 points, though other ethnic groups have
fallen by as much as 22 points.
There’s one exception, however. Asian American students are scoring higher than ever before, and
on average this population has seen their score rise by a shocking 41 points.
9/27/13 http://www.kcet.org: “L.A. County is the Capital of Asian America”
by Elson Trinidad
Earlier this week, the nonprofit organization Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles released its demographic research report, “A Community Of Contrasts: Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders in Los Angeles County.” The document quantifies the growth and issues facing L.A. County’s 1,497,960 Asian Americans (15 percent of the county’s population) and 54,169 Pacific Islanders — including the non-immigrant Native Hawaiian sub-demographic — (the largest number in the continental U.S.) between 2000 and 2010.
9/25/13 Los Angeles Daily News: “L.A. County’s Asian-Americans face significant economic challenges”
By Brenda Gazzar
According to the report “A Community of Contrasts: Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific
Islanders in L.A. County” by Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Los Angeles, the number of Asian
Americans living in poverty in Los Angeles County increased 20% from 2007 to 2011. In contrast, the
total number living below the poverty line countywide grew 11% over the same period.
9/25/13 Los Angeles Times: “Census data mask poverty suffered by some Asian American groups”
By Emily Alpert
For instance, one-quarter of people of Cambodian descent in Los Angeles County lived in poverty
between 2006 and 2010, exceeding other disadvantaged groups such as Latinos and African
Americans, the civil rights group Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Los Angeles found in its analysis of
U.S. Census Bureau data.
9/25/13 scpr.org: “LA’s growing Asian-American population: There’s more to the story”
by Leslie Berestein Rojas
Between 2000 and 2010, Los Angeles County’s Asian American population grew nearly twice as fast
as that of Latinos, and more than five times as fast as the general population. That’s according to a report
released Wednesday by Asian Americans Advancing Justice Los Angeles, the organization that
compiled a new report using census, academic and government data.
For many, the report contains surprising information. For example, while Chinese Americans are still
the region’s largest Asian ethnic group, the fastest-growing group is Bangladeshis: Between 2000 and
2010, L.A. County’s Bangladeshi population grew 122 percent. Of the five fastest growing Asian groups
in the county, four are South Asian.
9/24/13 policymic.com: “Asian Americans are the Fastest Growing Minority in the U.S.
and It’s Bad News for the GOP”
by Robin Ye
The much ballyhooed analysis post-2012 election mainly focused on the influence of the Latino
electorate, the GOP’s inability to appeal to minority voters, and President Obama’s historically poor
showing amongst white voters. But not enough was written about an emerging force in U.S. politics:
the Asian-American vote.
The Asian American electorate is expected to double by 2040. Armed with a historic high of 13 Asian
American members of the 113th Congress and the designation of fastest growing immigrant and racial
group in the U.S., Asian Americans are poised to make large waves again in American politics,
perhaps even as soon as 2014.
9/23/13 WBUR: “For Boston’s Asian-American Community, A Political Arrival”
By David Scharfenberg
Boston: One of the biggest questions going into Tuesday’s preliminary mayoral election in Boston is
whether younger and more diverse residents will show up at the polls in large enough numbers to influence
the outcome. And the rapidly growing Asian-American community is among the groups in play.
9/18/13 Wall Street Journal: “I Got Eyelid Surgery, but Not to Look White:
I don’t suffer from Asian self-hatred. Neither does CBS’s Julie Chen”
By Euny Hong
Last week, the Chinese-American talk-show host Julie Chen revealed on CBS’s “The Talk” that she
had double-eyelid surgery early in her career, after a boss at an Ohio TV station insisted it was the
only way she would get in front of the cameras. An agent told her the same thing. Plenty of people found
fault with the TV executive and the agent for putting that kind of pressure on Ms. Chen, but critics, most
of them Asian, have also laid into the broadcast journalist, claiming that blepharoplasty is a form of
racial reassignment surgery, indicative of Asian self-hatred and white-worship.
The accusation is bogus. I should know: In 2002, I had the double-eyelid procedure. I did it because
I was dissatisfied with my appearance, of course, but not because I wanted to look Caucasian.
9/16/13 NY City Lens: “Asian Americans Voters in Flushing Supported Liu, Overwhemingly”
By Rosa Kim
Mayoral candidate and former Comptroller John Liu did not need to be at the Self-Help Innovative
Senior Center last Tuesday. Many Flushing residents who stopped by to vote at the polling site located
on 45-25 Kissena Boulevard supported him any way.
John Liu received 42.2 percent (7,476 votes) out of 16,282 votes in precincts with a majority
Asian/Asian-American population, including Flushing, according to the New York Times.
9/11/13 New America Media: “Asian American Voter Bloc Grows, But Unique Challenges Persist”
Op-ed, Eugene Lee & David Kitamura
As the fastest-growing ethnic group in the country, Asian Americans are an increasingly critical
population of voters. Nearly four million Asian Americans voted in the 2012 election, representing
a 16 percent increase from those who voted in 2008, and a 91 percent increase from those who
voted in 2000.
And like other communities of color, Asian Americans have faced and continue to face barriers
to voting. For example, until the mid-twentieth century, foreign-born Asian Americans were flat out
denied the right to vote because of restrictions on their ability to naturalize as U.S. citizens.
9/10/13 Asian Week: “Cultural Stigma Hurts Asian American Teens with Depression”
By Katherine Kam
Editor’s Note: The following article is part 1 of a series on Asian Americans and mental health by
New America Media and is reprinted with permission.
Depression in Asian American teens is a problem that few people glimpse, let alone imagine.
But it’s a reality, a painful one that’s often obscured by stigma, misinformation, and shame.
9/19/2013 Huffington Post: “The First Asian American Miss America Responds to the Hate”
It is a small sorority of women who can call themselves Miss America. It gets even smaller when
you consider how many women of color have won. This week, the sisterhood of Asian Miss Americas
has grown to two.
In 2000, Angela Perez Baraquio, an American of Filipino descent, won the Miss America title.
She has some choice words for the racism that occurred in the past week and sage advice to
our current Miss America, Nina Davuluri.
9/7/13 Asian Fortune: “Should Asian American Families Consider Private School?”
by: Devika Koppikar
At age 16, Phyllis Kesslenï¿½’s son Randy* took Mandarin in school with only two other students.
Randy, now 17, is currently fluent in three world languages: Mandarin, Spanish and Latin, in addition
to his native language, English.
Kesslen said that if she had her son attended a public school, he would not have had the same
opportunities to develop his multilingual talents. For example, in a public school, a class with only
three students would have likely been canceled due to low enrollment and lack of funds to support
such a small class.
9/5/13 New York Daily News: “Half of Asian American students in city middle and high schools have
been bullied, new survey reveals”
By Erica Pearson
A new survey of Asian American students in city middle and high schools found that half have been
bullied about their race or religion at school.
9/4/13 Atlantic Wire: “Why Asians Love ‘Crazy Rich Asians'”
by Alexander Abad-Santos
The men and women who populate Kevin Kwan’s latest novel, Crazy Rich Asians, are some of the
most vile, vapid, superficial, raunchy and conniving Asian characters who have ever been created, and
Asian-Americans, by and large, love every single one of them.
9/3/13 Chicago Sun Times: “GOP gov hopeful Dan Rutherford taps Steve Kim as running mate”
Republican gubernatorial hopeful Dan Rutherford said Monday he is choosing a suburban attorney
[Steve Kim] as his lieutenant governor pick, a hard worker, known well in Republican leadership circles and potentially the first Asian American to hold state office.
8/28/13 Voice of America: “Asian American Group Targets Immigration Bill”
by Elizabeth Lee
Los Angeles: It’s a hot day in the Los Angeles neighborhoods that comprise some of the highest
concentrations of Asian Americans in California, and Nathanel Lowe’s job is just beginning. His group,
Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAAJ), has organized about 60 people to go door-to-door to talk
about immigration reform.
Concerned about the U.S. Senate’s recent passage of the 2013 Immigration Bill, a section of which,
if made into law, would ban citizens from sponsoring naturalization of siblings and children over the age
of 31, his group is asking people to actively oppose it.
8/27/2013 Huffington Post: “In America, A New Asian Creative Class”
by Youyoung Lee
In his 2012 book “The Rise of the Creative Class, Revisited,” Richard Florida, a senior editor at
The Atlantic, estimates that Asians make up 6.1 percent of creative jobs in America — a number that seems
insignificant until you look at it from the reverse. “Asian-Americans are by far the most heavily represented
in the creative class work,” Florida writes. “Nearly one-half (47 percent) of them work in creative class jobs,
compared to roughly one-third (34 percent) of whites, 24 percent of African-Americans, and 18 percent of
Hispanics.” The jobs that qualify as “creative,” Florida says, span “science and technology, arts, media,
and culture, traditional knowledge workers and the professions” — in short, anything but the doctors or
lawyers their parents may have once groomed them to be.
8/25/13 Vancouver Sun: “Asians in North America: Success and friction: A Pew Research Center study
titled The Rise of Asian Americans has potentially deep implications for Canada, where there are
proportionally triple the numbers of ethnic Asians: Almost 15 per cent of Canadians have origins in Asia
compared to just 5.8 per cent of Americans.”
by Douglas Todd
The Pew Research Center’s study, titled The Rise of Asian-Americans, has potentially deep
implications for Canada, where there are proportionally triple the numbers of ethnic Asians: Almost
15 per cent of Canadians have origins in Asia compared to just 5.8 per cent of Americans.
The Pew Center’s multifaceted exploration of 3,500 Asians. vastly more extensive than anything
attempted in Canada, is particularly relevant for Metro Vancouver, where 43 per cent of residents
have Asian ancestry, predominantly Chinese.
The Pew poll found Asian-Americans are the highest-income and best-educated of all ethno-
8/21/13 WUSA9.com: “Hidden health risks for Asian-Americans”
by Anita Brikman
Gaithersburg, Md. (WUSA9) – Dr. Wong says gastrointestinal problems are more common in
Asian-Americans; upward of 90% are lactose intolerant and many Asian women don’t get all the
calcium they need.
And Dr. Wong says that’s not the only disease which is more prevalent in this population.
Asian-Americans are more likely to be diagnosed with diabetes and its precursor metabolic
syndrome, which also raises heart attack and stroke risk. All the while, Dr. Wong says they may
look like the picture of health on the outside.
8/10/13 Washington Times: “Asia-Pacific policy with Hawaii GOP chair, David Chang”
Honolulu, August 10, 2013: As economic and political changes shift the world’s attention
towards the Asia-Pacific region, the importance of Hawaii and its people is growing with each day.
One of the unique leadership personalities in the islands is David Chang, a West Point graduate,
business owner and chairman of the Hawaii Republican Party.
8/5/13 Huffington Post: “Asian Voices: Progressives, Are You Listening?”
by Jarryd Willis (Doctoral student and teacher)
We’ve heard little of the 1.4 million undocumented Asians or 200k Asian youth who qualify for the
DreamACT. Remember, Bill Clinton never won the Asian vote, and we shouldn’t take it for granted in 2016.
Asian-Americans appear to be the only large (and growing) voting group whose interests align with the
Democratic Party and yet they are rarely afforded the same share of the ‘debate spotlight’ as social issues
relevant to women, LGBT, Black, Hispanic, religious minority, middle-income and low-income voters. The
absence of Asian voters’ concerns in the public debate allows the GOP to take a revanchist approach to
legislation affecting minority populations with the belief that they’re acting in impunity. To be blunt, they may
feel the Black/Latino/LGBT demographic groups affected are inexorably members of the Democratic Party,
and therefore there’s nothing to gain by supporting a law and/or no cost in repealing a law tailored to the
concerns of such groups.
8/5/13 AALDEF: “Rush Limbaugh and the acceptance of low-level racism against Asian Americans”
If you haven’t noticed, in one week the anti-Asian/Asian American meter was off the charts and maxing
out in the red.
8/5/13 Asian Fortune: “Republicans Host Meet Up with Korean Americans”
By Jennie L. Ilustre
Washington, D.C.: House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (CA) and Majority Leader
Eric Cantor led fellow legislators at a Republican Meet up with Korean Americans, celebrating the strong
60-year alliance of the United States and South Korea.
8/2/13 89.3 KPCC (Southern California Public Radio): “Asian-Americans become a more prominent
voice in immigration debate”
by Leslie Berestein Rojas
During the last great immigration debate of the mid-2000s, it was mainly Latinos who were heard and
seen pushing for an immigration overhaul. But things have changed. Take one single day this week in
Los Angeles, when two Asian-American groups in different parts of town were speaking out in favor of
comprehensive immigration reform.
8/2/13 NY1: “Stringer Makes Pitch To Asian American Electorate,”
by Zack Fink
Asian Americans could play a big role in deciding citywide races this year, as the Asian American
population was the fasting growing ethnic community in the city over the last decade, and the Democratic
candidates for city comptroller courted their vote this week, with Scott Stringer making his pitch Friday
afternoon in Chinatown. NY1’s Zack Fink filed the following report
7/31/13 BBC: “U.S. man abandoned in US jail gets $4m in compensation”
A university student in the US city of San Diego has received $4.1m from the
US government after he was abandoned for more than four days in a prison cell, his lawyer said.
Daniel Chong said he drank his urine to stay alive, tried to carve a message to his mother on his
arm and hallucinated.
He was held in a drug raid in 2012, but told he would not be charged. Nobody returned to his cell
for four days.
7/26/13 Grist: “Asian Americans lean green”
By Anna Fahey
As populations grow and political preferences shift, Asian Americans are emerging as an
increasingly powerful voting bloc. And politicos, NGOs, and pollsters alike are just beginning to pay
more attention. So, while polling data are still fairly spotty, evidence is mounting that most Asian
Americans hold particularly strong green values.
In fact, research indicates Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders rank much higher on their
commitment to and identification with environmentalism than the rest of the U.S. population.
7/25/13 Atlanta Journal Constitution: “Atlanta’s Asian-American communities”
Moderated by Rick Badie
This region’s Asian-American community has grown substantially in recent years, remaking
neighborhoods and driving the economy. With growth, naturally, comes challenges, something
today’s guest writers address. Co-chairs of an advisory task force explain the need for a
commission to address issues statewide. The other writer outlines key issues the community
7/23/13 Washington Post: “Asian American lawmakers to press Obama on diversity in administration”
By David Nakamura
Asian American lawmakers say they’re disappointed by the lack of Asian American
appointees serving in high-level positions in the Obama administration, a message they’ll
deliver directly to the president Tuesday.
7/23/13 Asian American Federation: “New Council Districts Highlight the Growth and Diversity
of Asian New Yorkers,”
New York, NY: Today, the Asian American Federation released a briefing paper that details
the Asian population, ethnic breakdowns and the major Asian languages spoken in each of the
51 Council Districts based on new lines finalized in May 2013.
Some of the key highlights from the briefing paper are:
1. In addition to one majority Asian district, eleven other districts had more than one in five residents
who were Asian.
2. Four City Council Districts were home to a very diverse mix of Asian ethnic groups. Each of these
districts had seven or more different Asian groups who each had populations of more than 1,000 people.
3. The diversity of Asian languages spoken in the city is a particular challenge when reaching out to
7/19/13 New America Media: “Immigration Disguises Severity of Poverty Among Asians in U.S.”
by Asha DuMonthier
The influx of highly skilled, highly educated workers on H1-B visas from Asian countries in the last
decade has skewed poverty statistics, according to a new report by the National Coalition for Asian
Pacific American Community Development (National CAPACD).
Between 2000 and 2011 the official AAPI poverty rate only increased by .3 percent. Yet during the
same period, according to the report, the actual number of AAPIs living in poverty increased by
50 percent, which means there are roughly half a million more AAPIs living in poverty today than there
were ten years ago.
7/11/13 WLRN: “What The Lack Of Asian-Americans Says About Miami”
By Elaine Chen
ï¿½Miami is the face of America’s futureï¿½ is a refrain Iï¿½ve heard often. It seems a point of pride that Miami is
leading the rest of the country in our racial diversity.
But this statement is only true if you disregard people like me, Asian-Americans.
The U.S. population is about six percent Asian-American. Chicago has a slightly higher share, and
Boston and New York have about 10 percent and 14 percent, respectively.
Miami-Dade County has less than two percent. Thatï¿½s lower than the percentage of Asian-Americans for
the entire state of Florida.
7/8/13 SCPR: “How does the formation of Asian American communities in Southern California differ
from the rest of the country?”
Ethnic neighborhoods tend to attract and are bolstered by new immigrants, but does the same impulse
to segregate hold for second- or third-generation Asian Americans?
Asian Americans make up the third largest ethnic minority group in the U.S. and a third of them,
about 5.6 million, live in California. In SoCal, the San Gabriel Valley and Westminster in Orange County
are two Asian enclaves that readily come to mind ï¿½ they are so big and dense that they sometimes feel
more like their own individual region than merely an ethnic neighborhood. A new report co-authored by
two Brown University researchers finds that the Asian Americans are almost as segregated from the
white Americans as they were 20 years ago.
7/3/13 Asian American Legal Defense and Eduction Fund: “Civil Rights Group Files Racial Harassment
Complaint on behalf of Asian Middle School Basketball Player”
The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) filed complaints with the U.S.
Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights urging both federal
agencies to investigate the racial harassment suffered by 14-year-old Milena Clarke, an Asian American
basketball player and student in Kentucky’s Russell Independent School District (RISD). Milena, a recent
graduate of Russell Middle School, has been the target of severe, persistent, and ongoing racial
harassment in RISD’s Red Devils basketball program since July 2011.
6/25/13 Los Angeles Times: “Many Asian Americans are as segregated by neighborhood as Latinos:
A Brown University study finds the pattern especially pronounced in L.A. and Orange counties.
But in many U.S. cities, it’s a matter of choice, not economic hurdles.”
By Emily Alpert
People with Chinese or Vietnamese roots are as segregated as Latinos in neighborhoods nationwide,
a study from Brown University has found. In Los Angeles and Orange counties, the pattern is even more
extreme ï¿½ and has grown more so over the last two decades.
6/24/13 Chicagoist: “Asian Americans Have A Voice With New City Council Caucus”
By Chuck Sudo
Hispanics may be the largest ethnic group in Chicago but Asian Americans are the fastest growing bloc.
According to 2010 Census numbers, Chicago’s Asian American population increased from 423,032 to
583,563, a 38 percent growth. The influx has transformed once lily-white neighborhoods like Bridgeport
into veritable melting pots and further informed the cultural and business fabrics of neighborhoods like
Albany Park, Avondale, Rogers Park, West Ridge and Pilsen.
6/23/13 NBCDFW.com: “Garland Mall Focused On Asian-Americans;
Cali Saigon Mall caters to growing Asian population in DFW”
By Andres Gutierrez
This is the first weekend that north Texans have a new place to shop for foods common to Asian-
6/22/13 NJ.com: “Chatham resident, Andrew Wang, honored as an Asian American in business”
Andrew Wang of Chatham, an owner and senior vice president of Runnymede Capital Management, Inc.,
has been named among the ï¿½Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Businessï¿½ of 2013 by the Asian
American Business Development Center.
6/21/13 Sampan.org: “Asian American and Pacific Islander poverty grows in wake of recession”
by the National Coalition for Asian Pacific Community Development
The ï¿½Spotlight: Asian American and Pacific Islander Povertyï¿½ study brings attention to communities
in need and broadens the conversation about what it means to be AAPI in America. The study reveals
that the AAPI poor population grew faster than most other ethnic groups from 2007-2011, increasing
by 38% to over 2 million. Other key highlights of the study include:
AAPI Poverty is Growing Dramatically: From 2007 to 2011, the number of AAPIs living below the
federal poverty level increased by more than half a million.
This 38% increase can be broken down into a 37% increase for Asian Americans (AAs) in poverty
and a 60% increase for Native Hawaiians and Other Pacific Islanders (NHOPIs) in poverty.
In comparison, the general poverty population grew by 27% during the same time period, with the
Hispanic/Latino poverty population growing by 42% and the African American poverty population
growing by 20%.
The AAPI Poor Population is Concentrated: Over 50% of all AAPI poor live in 10 metropolitan
areas (New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Honolulu, Seattle, San Jose, Houston,
Sacramento, and Philadelphia). No other racial/ethnic poverty population is as concentrated in as
few places. Approximately 30% of all AAPI poor live in only 3 metro areas (New York, Los Angeles,
and San Francisco).
AAPI Poor Disproportionately Face High Housing Costs: The 20 highest cost housing markets
in the country contain almost half of all AAPI poor. No other racial/ethnic category has as high of a
proportion of its poor population in these markets (closest is Hispanic/Latino at 27%).
The AAPI Poor Population is Diverse: From 2000 to 2010, the US Census identified AAPI
populations in poverty for 22 separate ethnic groups. The largest single group is non-Taiwanese
Chinese at almost 450,000, followed by Asian Indian at over 245,000 and Vietnamese at 230,000.
Hmong have the highest poverty rate at 27%, followed by Bangladeshi at 21% and Tongans at 19%.
The full report, ï¿½Spotlight: Asian American and Pacific Islander Povertyï¿½ and additional information
is available on the National CAPACD website.
National CAPACD is a national advocacy organization dedicated to addressing the housing,
community and economic development needs of diverse and growing AAPI communities. National
CAPACDï¿½s member-based network includes more than 100 community-based organizations and
individuals, including community development corporations, preservation agencies, community-
based social service providers and advocacy agencies. Our members are in 17 states,
implementing innovative affordable housing, social service, community development and community
organizing strategies to improve the well-being of low-income AAPIs.
6/21/13 Hypen Magazine: “The ABCs of Hmong: A Sacramento school learns the value of Hmong
By: Momo Chang |
At Sacramentoï¿½s Susan B. Anthony Elementary, Sao Vueï¿½s kindergarteners sit on a brightly
colored carpet, looking up at him and repeating alphabet sounds. ï¿½Ahhh, aaay, eeeh,ï¿½ they sing.
The sounds are not in English ï¿½ they are in Hmong. Sacramento is home to the nationï¿½s third-
largest Hmong American community, and the school has the only Hmong dual-language immersion
program on the West Coast. Itï¿½s the second such program in the country after one in St. Paul, MN,
which has the largest Hmong American population.
6/18/13 Asian Fortune: “Nowhere to Go; Ageing and Isolation in the Asian-American Community”
By Duncan Hardock
The atmosphere inside the Chinese Culture and Community Service Center (CCACC) is festive.
To the right, a fitness class chants as they move to beat of the music. In a classroom down the hall,
rows of elderly Chinese Americans practice the ancient art of calligraphy. Eighty-year-olds are
playing table tennis in the middle of the hallway, bantering as the little white ball whips back and forth.
The vast majority of these seniors are suffering from some kind of ailment, but in a way, they are the
lucky ones. The CCACCï¿½s Adult Day Healthcare Center, located in Gaithersburg, Maryland, is open
to everyone, but many families canï¿½t afford the services without the assistance of Medicaid, and
Medicaid wonï¿½t cover the expense unless the seniorï¿½s health condition has degraded to a certain level.
6/17/13 International Business Times: “What If Asian-Americans Formed Their Own Country?”
By Palash Ghosh
Asian-Americans comprise not only the fastest-growing minority group in the U.S., but also the
wealthiest, most accomplished and educated segment of the population — marking an extraordinary
historic evolution in this country.
According to a report released by the Nielsen Co. late last year, Asian-Americans, as a whole, enjoy
an annual aggregate purchasing power of some $718 billion — and this figure could climb to $1 trillion
within only five years. Thus, given that U.S. total GDP amounts to some $15 trillion; it is reasonable
to suggest that Asian-Americans represent a crucial — and ever more important — part of the world’s
6/14/13 Wall Street Journal: “Oanh Ngo Usadi: Dreams of My Father, From Vietnam to Grand Central
Station: In our thatched house deep in the Mekong Delta, we listened to the banned Voice of America,
the volume low.”
By Oanh Ngo Usadi
My father died three years ago. For months after his death, I had a recurring dream in which my entire
family, my mother, siblings, aunts and uncles were together for a crawfish boil, Cajun and Vietnamese
style. Amid the revelry and drone of the back-porch fans, I would see my father. But my euphoria would
vanish as I realized that he, looking lost and out of place, was dead and should not be there.
Born in 1927 in Hue, Vietnam, my father took part in the nationalist resistance against the French
occupation, serving in a reconnaissance unit. During one mission a bomb exploded, killing many.
My father was taken prisoner and his parents were informed that he was MIA. For a while he was even
mistakenly declared dead, and a sheet of paper commemorating his ultimate sacrifice for the country is
one of the few possessions that have followed us over the years.
6/14/13 Houston Chronicle: “Harris County Republican Party rejects supremely qualified Asian-American”
Deja vu all over again with the Harris County Republican Party Vacancy Committee. In April, their
Taliban philosophy caused them to reject a gay candidate for precinct chair. This month, it caused them
to table the application of a supremely qualified Asian-American, which in turn caused the candidate
to withdraw his application. Heï¿½s too invested in the Republican Party to leave it and he will still promote
the Republican brand but it is a shame that HCRP Chair Jared Woodfill supports this committee.
Hereï¿½s the deal. Nghi Ho is a four-term Alief Independent School District Board member. He is a veteran,
having served as a Lieutenant in Navy in the first Gulf War. A graduate of the University of Texas.
A successful small business owner.
6/13/13 Los Angeles Times: “Affirmative action and breaking the ‘bamboo ceiling’ for Asian Americans:
Ending such preferences in college admissions won’t level the field for Asian Americans”
By Carolyn Chen
Any day now, the Supreme Court will announce its decision in the Fisher vs. University of Texas case,
which could invalidate the use of race-conscious policies in college admissions. Some Asian American
groups, such as the 80-20 Education Foundation, have been among the most vocal and visible in
opposing what’s broadly termed affirmative action. They believe getting rid of race considerations will
work to the advantage of Asian Americans, who on average have held more extracurricular leadership
positions and have higher test scores and grade-point averages than whites, yet have the lowest
acceptance rate to elite private universities.
They are not wrong to worry about Asian admissions. The circumstantial evidence for a “bamboo”
ceiling on Asian admissions is mounting. According to a 2009 study by sociologists Thomas Espenshade
and Alexandria Radford, Asian Americans must score 140 points higher on the SAT to have the same
chance at admission to private colleges as whites. College enrollment trends show that the percentage
of Asian Americans in many Ivies has stayed flat ï¿½ between 15% and 18% ï¿½ in the last 20 years,
even though the college-age population of Asian Americans has doubled.
6/12/13 Southern Calif Public Radio: “Is it hip to be Asian in America?”
A Korean pop group 2NE1. Are views towards Asian Americans changing in the U.S.?
Used to be that the U.S. was the world’s cultural exporter writ large, but take a look at American pop
culture today, and chances are, what you’ll see is a lot of influence coming from Asia.
6/10/13 Asia Society: “Infographic: Asian American Corporate Employees Dedicated,
But Often Don’t Fit In”
by Paul Chung
Over 40 percent of Asian Pacific Americans working at Fortune 500 Companies say they either
don’t feel a sense of belonging in the workplace or are indifferent.
6/10/13 Washington Post: “Lumped together data masks struggles among diverse Asian-American
and Pacific Islander groups”
By Associated Press
Washington ï¿½ Taken together on paper, Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders appear to be a
high-achieving bunch with few of the challenges faced by other racial and ethnic minorities in the U.S.
when it comes to education.
Break these populations down into their many ethnic groups, however, and stark disparities emerge.
For example, between 2006 and 2010, about three-quarters of Taiwanese-Americans and more than
half of Korean-Americans aged 25 and older had earned bachelorï¿½s degrees, but only 10 percent of
Samoans and 12 percent of Laotian-Americans in that same age range had done so ï¿½ large gaps that
frequently go unseen.
6/7/13 Inside HigherEd: “The Deceptive Data on Asians”
By Scott Jaschik
But a report released Thursday calls for the end to such data reporting. It is time to disaggregate
data about Asian-American students as much as possible, says the report, issued by the Educational
Testing Service and the National Commission on Asian-American and Pacific Islander Research in
Education. The failure of most schools and colleges to do so has resulted in key problems facing
Asian-American groups being “overlooked and misunderstood,” said Robert T. Teranishi, associate
professor of higher education at New York University and principal investigator for the report, during
a news briefing.
6/6/13 Diverse: Issues in Higher Education: “Report: Asian-American Subgroups Among Nationï¿½s Poorest”
by Lydia Lum
As the nation continues to crawl out of the Great Recession, some subgroups of Asian-Americans are
among the poorest populations, based on income sources, home foreclosures and housing burden,
according to a new study by University of California, Los Angeles researchers.
Multiple economic indicators show Southeast Asians, for instance, consistently among the so-called
have-nots, said Melany De La Cruz-Viesca, one of the studyï¿½s co-authors.
6/6/13 New York Times: “Bob Fletcher Dies at 101; Helped Japanese-Americans”
By William Yardley
Bob Fletcher, a former California agriculture inspector who, ignoring the resentment of neighbors, quit his job in the middle of World War II to manage the fruit farms of Japanese families forced to live in internment camps, died on May 23 in Sacramento. He was 101.
6/1/13 Daily Princetonian: “Lee GS ï¿½99 named next U. provost, first Asian-American to hold post”
By Jean-Carlos Arenas
Economics and Wilson School professor David Lee GS ï¿½99 has been selected to serve as
the Universityï¿½s next provost effective July 1, the University announced Wednesday morning.
Lee will be the first Asian-American to hold the post, as well as the highest-ranking Asian-
American in the University administration. He will succeed Christopher Eisgruber ï¿½83, who will
become the Universityï¿½s 20th president on July 1.
5/31/13 Quartz: “Thanks to the Chinese, Hollywood will have more Asians in film,”
By Inkoo Kang
This monthï¿½s gross-out college comedy 21 and Over is the kind of no-hype, no-stars box-office blip that
usually passes through movie theaters without much notice except from bored teenagers at mall cineplexes.
But the film was noticedï¿½not for being the first comedy since the Harold and Kumar series to feature an
Asian-American character with depth and screen time, but because the filmï¿½s Chinese producers
demanded changes to the script and a different cut of the film for their countryï¿½s box office.
In fact, the influx of Chinese cash into Hollywood has opened up a new niche beat for some journalists
detailing the edits Chinese financiers require. The individual storiesï¿½of changing Looperï¿½s future global
capital from Paris to (a more-plausible) Shanghai, of cutting risquï¿½ scenes from Cloud Atlas and Skyfall,
of deleting a single line from Life of Pi so as not to anger devout moviegoersï¿½are, of course, fascinating.
But taken in their totality, the pressï¿½s coverage of Chinese censorship of big-studio products has a certain
doomsaying quality. A Los Angeles Times reporter writes, for example, that ï¿½the net effect [of Chinese
influence] is a situation that movie-business veterans say is unprecedented: The suppressive tendencies
of a foreign nation are altering what is seen not just in one country but around the world.ï¿½ Unmentioned is
the United Statesï¿½ own history of government censorship of its films, as well as the progressive
outcomes that will result from yuan-financed filmmaking.
5/29/13 Associated Press: “Syracuse jury: SUNY must pay ex-prof $600K in back wages”
By The Associated Press
Syracuse, N.Y. (AP) — A federal jury has awarded $600,000 in back pay to a former college professor
in Central New York after ruling university officials retaliated against him for complaining about
The U.S. District Court jury in Syracuse sided with Jason Zhou (ZOH) in the dispute with the State
University of New York Institute of Technology in Marcy, where he worked as a finance professor from
2005 until he was denied reappointment in late 2006.
5/29/13 Asian Fortune: “A Bonanza of Asian Culture: Houston Celebrates Asian Pacific American
By Tamara Treichel
Everything is bigger in Texas. When it comes to celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month,
this may be true: since May was officially made Asian Pacific American Heritage Month in 1992, Houston
has been celebrating it in a big way.
5/28/13 Americans for Progress: “Why Immigration Is an Asian American Issue”
By Tram Kieu
Asian Americans are the fastest-growing immigrant population in the United States today. According to
2011 Census data, almost half of all immigrants in the United Statesï¿½18.2 millionï¿½came from Asia.
This group overwhelmingly supported President Barack Obama for re-electionï¿½by 68 percentï¿½and
cares deeply about fixing the immigration system.
5/28/13 The Washington Times: “Obama: Asian-Americans will benefit from immigration reform”
by Dave Boyer
Calling the Asia-Pacific region ï¿½a central part of my life,ï¿½ President Obama said Monday that the
contributions of Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders are a prime reason for Congress to pass
5/24/13 Sampan: “Asian American groups welcome Senate leadership, call on Congress to strengthen
family immigration overhaul”
by the Asian American Center for Advancing Justice
A group of senators, dubbed the ï¿½Gang of Eight,ï¿½ released a comprehensive immigration reform bill on
April 17, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013. The Asian
American Center for Advancing Justice ï¿½ Asian American Institute, Asian American Justice Center, Asian
Law Caucus and Asian Pacific American Legal Center ï¿½ welcomes the groupï¿½s leadership in bringing
immigration reform to the forefront. Unfortunately, the family immigration overhaul proposes changes that
will dramatically restrict families from reuniting with certain loved ones and excludes LGBT couples from
the family-immigration system.
5/20/13 NPR: “Asian-Americans: Smart, High-Incomes And … Poor?”
Asian-Americans have the highest income and education levels of any racial group in the country.
So it might be surprising that they have a higher poverty rate than non-Hispanic whites. Michel Martin
discusses the issue with Algernon Austin of the Economic Policy Institute and Rosalind Chou, co-author
of The Myth of the Model Minority.
5/20/13 San Antonio Express-News: “Asian-Pacific Americans are an integral part of
American military story”
by Major General M. Ted Wong
Asian-Pacific Americans are an integral part of the American military story. Despite facing
the challenges of discrimination, language barriers and cultural differences; Asian-Pacific
Americans’ military service and patriotism have left their mark on U.S. history since the Civil War.
5/18/13 The Daily Caller: “Two IRS offices targeted Hawaii GOP leader at the same time”
By Patrick Howley
In what former Republican executive and activist Dylan Nonaka is calling a massive invasion of privacy
that suggests a coordinated effort to target conservative groups, two IRS offices last year independently
and simultaneously conducted costly audits and sought tea party-related training materials that they
apparently believed could be tied to Nonaka.
5/19/13 Metro: “Asian-American students hurt by race category”
by Bruce Walsh
The numbers don’t lie when it comes to the Asian American Pacific Islander designation in higher
For nearly a decade NYU professor Robert T. Teranishi has researched the disparity in college
achievement and opportunity between racial groups. But, over the last few years, a glaring problem in the
data on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders has begun to emerge for him.
5/16/13 Acton Institute: “Affirmative Action Limits Opportunities For Asian Americans”
by Anthony Bradley
One of the realities of using race to socially engineer the racial make-up of college freshman classes
by elite decision-makers, is that it does nothing but perpetuate the injustice of institutional and planned
discrimination. This is the greatest irony of affirmative action education policy. The attempt to redress
past injustices does nothing but set the stage for new forms of injustice against other groups.
Today, Asian-American high-school students are faced with the reality that, if they are high achievers,
top schools do not want too many of them. In fact, checking ï¿½Asian-Americanï¿½ on your college admissions
application can prove to be a real liability.
James Liu, a student at Amherst College, expresses the ongoing tensions regarding Asian-American
students in The Amherst Student, an independent student newspaper at the college, by telling us a story
about a friend:
My friend was, for lack of a better term, a statistical aberration. He possessed a bizarre talent for
shading in bubbles. On his first sitting, he clocked a perfect score of 2400 on the SAT Reasoning Test.
No one-hit wonder, by the end of junior year, he had added perfect scores of 800 on two SAT Subject
Tests and 5ï¿½s on eight AP exams to his repertoire. With a 4.0 GPA, multiple club leadership positions
and an amicable character, he was well regarded by both his teachers and peers. Needless to say,
his college expectations were high.
Then, April came. The initial blow was more of a curious surprise than an outright disappointment.
My friend was waitlisted by Harvard, Yale, Princeton and Dartmouth, his four top college choices.
Remaining optimistic, he would joke that the waitlist is even more selective than the admitted class,
after all, the odds of being waitlisted by all four schools was smaller than being admitted to any given
one. After that, however, it was a slow defeat by attrition. That year, Princeton accepted zero students
of its waitlist. Harvard accepted about only 25. Eventually, Yale and Dartmouth bid their farewells, and
in the end, he was rejected by all but one of the schools that he applied to regular decision.
Why would someone be wait-listed at Harvard with test scores like this? Honesty demands that we
all admit that if a black student had applied to Harvard with those exact same test scores, I doubt we
would be reading about her being wait-listed. Liu highlights the following data from his research:
In ï¿½The Opportunity Cost of Admission Preferences at Elite Universitiesï¿½, Thomas J. Espenshade
and Chang Y Chung of Princeton Univ. state, ï¿½African-American applicants receive the equivalent of
230 extra SAT points (on a 1600-point scale), and being Hispanic is worth an additional 185 SAT
points. Other things equal, recruited athletes gain an admission bonus worth 200 points, while the
preference for legacy candidates is worth 160 points. Asian-American applicants face a loss
equivalent to 50 SAT points. In another 2009 study of more than 9,000 students who applied to
selective universities, Espenshade along with Alexandria Walton Radford found that ï¿½white students
were three times more likely to be admitted than Asians with the same academic recordï¿½.
In the end, Lui asks a provocative question, ï¿½how does preferential admissions treatment for an
applicant whose parents immigrated from Argentina in the 1990s do anymore to remedy the
vestiges of historic immigration than providing that same treatment to an applicant whose Japanese
grandfather was interned during World War II, or whose great-grandmother was prohibited from
attending an all-white high school in Mississippi (Lum v. Rice) or whose Filipino grandfather could
not marry the woman he loved because a 1953 Utah statute declared marriage between a ï¿½white and
This is a great question, and many of us are unsure how those in favor of race-based preferential
treatment in college admissions would make such a distinction. In an effort to move beyond this,
Lui concludes that affirmative action should be based on class and not race because ï¿½race is an
inadequate indicator of disenfranchisement. The best indicator that a person suffers from present
and historic discrimination is persistent poverty.ï¿½ On the surface this may seem more helpful but the
underlying paternalism behind this view may not be as helpful as one might imagine. Institutional
classism is not better than institutional racism.
Unfortunately, exchanging class for race does not solve the riddle either because schools will still
discriminate against people on the basis of reported household incomeï¿½this is still institutional
discrimination. Preferential treatment by class only means that high-achieving students who were
born, by no fault of their own, into higher-income families will be treated unfairly. This is not justice.
Why should high-achieving students from upper-income families be penalized because of
We must also keep in mind that families move in and out of classes over time. There is no way
to accurately determine the ï¿½classï¿½ of any given applicant without more discrimination. A laid-off
corporate executive could technically qualify as ï¿½lower-classï¿½ because, in America, we generally
judge class on the basis of income. I can only imagine all of the perverse incentives this would
create for families to find a way to appear poor on paper in order to increase the chances of their
children being admitted to an elite school.
It seems that what would be best for college admissions is a world without any imposed
preferential treatment on the basis of race or class. If this means, for example, that Harvard and
Yale end up being 80 percent Asian-American then it is what it is. If high-achieving students want
to attend schools that are not as competitive but have more ethnically diverse populations, those
schools would gladly welcome them. It would be a trade-off for sure, but one in which everyone is
treated equally, because using discrimination to redress discrimination does nothing but
perpetuate the injustice of discrimination.
5/13/13 The Hill: “Democrats seek to ease Asian American concerns over family visa changes”
By Mike Lillis
Democrats on the front lines of immigration reform are reaching out to Asian Americans this month
in an effort to ease concerns over family visas.
5/10/13 Los Angeles Weekly: “Geisha Video That Disrespects Asian Americans Made With L.A. Tax Money”
By Dennis Romero
CBS Los Angeles’ David Goldstein this week uncovered a video in which a man dresses as a geisha
and speaks with a fake Japanese accent as two others perv on him/her:
Amazingly, the video, made to tout the city’s use of recycled water at a Japanese garden, is part of
a series of almost nonsensical clips that cost taxpayers $48,000 a year to make.
5/10/13 Hyphen Magazine: “Fixinï¿½ to Go Mainstream — Asian Americans on the Rise in Southern Politics”
by Ngoc Nguyen
The Southern crop of Asian American leaders, which includes politicians and political activists, are in
many ways unique compared with their peers in other parts of the country. For one, they are relatively
young. Many were born after the civil rights movement and have never experienced barriers to voting
or Jim Crow laws. Bobby Jindal and Nikki Haley, Indian American governors of Louisiana and South
Carolina, respectively, were both elected in their 30s. The same holds true for state and local leaders
like Ramey Ko, who at 32, is the youngest municipal judge in Austin, TX
5/9/13 scpr.org: Take Two: “Why are there so few Asian Americans in LA politics?”
by A Martï¿½nez with Leo Duran
When L.A. voters go to the polls later this month, they could be making history. That’s because, if
he’s elected, candidate John Choi could be the first Asian-American elected to the city council in
20 years. But even then, he’d only be the second ever to hold a seat on the council.
In a city where 1 in 8 people are Asian-American, why is it hard for them to have a permanent
place at LA’s political table?
5/9/13 racebending.com: “Star Trek: Into Whiteness”
If thereï¿½s one thing that most fans of Star Trek will agree on, itï¿½s the fact that Gene Roddenberryï¿½s
vision for the show ï¿½ and, more optimistically, for human society ï¿½ was predicated on the idea that
all life is valuable, and that the worth of a person should not be judged by their appearance. Much of
this was done through the old sci-fi trope of using aliens to stand in for oppressed groups, but Star
Trek didnï¿½t rely on the metaphor; it had characters who were part of the ensemble, important and
beloved members of the Enterprise crew, who were people of colour. It had background characters
who were people of colour. And, here and there, it had anti-heroes and villains who were people of
colour ï¿½ one of whom, Khan Noonian Singh, became well-nigh iconic.
And who is now being played by white actor Benedict Cumberbatch in the new JJ Abrams reboot
movie, Star Trek: Into Darkness.
5/8/13 Washington Post: “How Asian Americans became a key White House constituency”
by Juliet Eilperin
The growing influence of Asian Americans in U.S. politics will be on full display Wednesday, as
President Obama met with 15 Asian American leaders this afternoon, and Vice President Biden
addresses the Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies gala tonight.
How did Asian Americans get to be such a key political constituency? Both their votes and their
donations have made a difference, especially in Obamaï¿½s reelection bid.
5/7/13 New York Daily News: “Taking on Sen. Chuck Schumer, House member says immigration
bill’s family visa changes would hurt Asian-Americans; Freshman Rep. Grace Meng (D-Queens) is
upset that visas would no longer be offered for sibling reunification. Also, the age limit for adult
children seeking visas to reunite with their parents would be capped at 31. Asians make up a large
percentage of foreign-born Americans.”
By Dan Friedman
Washington ï¿½ The most junior member of New Yorkï¿½s delegation is taking on the stateï¿½s most
powerful lawmaker on the racial impact of an immigration bill.
Freshman Rep. Grace Meng (D-Queens) wrote Sen. Chuck Schumer on Tuesday, arguing that
an immigration overhaul he helped author ï¿½contains a number of provisions that are disadvantageous
to the Asian American community and detrimentalï¿½ to the nation.
5/7/13 Medill Reports: “Most Asian-Americans live in mixed neighborhoods, but exceptions abound,
by Jayna Omaye
Asian-Americans are not only the best educated and fastest growing racial group in this country,
they are also more likely than any other race or ethnicity to live in racially diverse neighborhoods,
according to a recent Pew study.
5/5/13 New York Times: “Foreign Bride as a Fetish and a Person”
By Mike Hale
Steven is a 60-year-old parking-garage attendant who lives in a small apartment above a store
in the Northern California suburbs. Heï¿½s white, which is significant because he has what is politely
known as an Asian fetish and popularly known as yellow fever. ï¿½Theyï¿½re all so beautiful,ï¿½ he says,
looking at a display of thumbnail images of prospective Asian brides.
5/4/13 libertyunyielding.com: “SC Dem: Letï¿½s send ï¿½Nikki Haley back to wherever the hell she came fromï¿½”
by Howard Portnoy
The party of tolerance and civility strikes again. Mail Online reports that on Friday, Dick Harpootlian,
South Carolina Democratic Party Chairman, told a gathering weï¿½ll send ï¿½Nikki Haley back to wherever
the hell she came from.ï¿½
Somehow one gets the distinct sense that he was not referring to the town of Bamberg, S.C., where
the current governor of South Carolina was born in 1972 to a couple who had emigrated to the U.S.
from India. Rather, it appears he was casting aspersions on Haleyï¿½s heritage.
5/4/13 WUSA9: “Asian Pacific American Heritage Month: Why We’re Proud”
May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. Census data shows Asians are now the fastest growing
racial group in the U.S. Locally, both Fairfax and Montgomery Counties saw near 15% increases in the
Asian American population in the last decade. Based on state planning info, the largest demographics
within the region are Chinese, Indian and Korean (in that order). We asked representatives in our newsroom
to talk about taking pride in their identities.
5/3/13 Los Angeles Times: “Asian Americans had higher poverty rate than whites in 2011, study says,”
by Shan Li
Contrary to popular perception, not all Asian Americans are basking in financial security and working
high-income jobs after years of intensive schooling.
The official poverty rate of Asian Americans in 2011 actually exceeded that of whites by 2.5 percentage
points, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
5/3/13 Smithsonian Magazine: “From the Civil War to Civil Rights: The Many Ways Asian Americans
Have Shaped the Country”
In honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, a new traveling show developed by by the
Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) and the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American
Center seeks to provide a more complete story of Asian American history. Now on view at the American
History Museum, the exhibition ï¿½I Want the Wide American Earth: An Asian Pacific American Storyï¿½ begins
with the pre-Columbian years and spans the centuries, to tell of the Asian experience with a series of
posters featuring archival images and beautiful illustrations that eventually will travel the country.
A condensed set of exhibition materials will also be distributed to 10,000 schools nationwide as teaching
Spring 2013 Bucknell Magazine: “The Forgotten Story of the “First Chinese American”:
A Bucknell Alumnus Led the Fight for Chinese Enfranchisement in the 19th Century.”
By Scott D. Seligman
Wong Chin Foo (1847ï¿½98), who studied in 1869ï¿½70 at what was then the University at Lewisburg, never
accepted as inevitable the lowly position Chinese were compelled to occupy in American society.
He struggled to secure a more central place at the American table. He was the first to employ the term
“Chinese American.” He published New York’s first Chinese-language newspaper. He established
America’s first association of Chinese voters and was probably the first Chinese ever to testify before
Congress. In his three decades in the United States, the outspoken Wong fought tirelessly for the rights
he felt his compatriots deserved. Although little remembered today, he was arguably the most famous
Chinese in the nation during his lifetime.
5/2/13 Associated Press: “North Korea sentences American to 15 years’ labor”
By Sam Kim
Seoul, South Korea (AP) ï¿½ A Korean American detained for six months in North Korea has been
sentenced to 15 years of hard labor for “hostile acts” against the state, the North’s media said Thursday ï¿½
a move that could trigger a visit by a high-profile American if history is any guide.
Kenneth Bae, a Washington state man described by friends as a devout Christian and a tour operator,
is at least the sixth American detained in North Korea since 2009. The others eventually were deported
or released without serving out their terms, some after trips to Pyongyang by prominent Americans,
including former U.S. presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter.
5/1/13 New York Law Journal: “Asian Americans Find a Voice Within the Law”
by Mike Huang
Although great strides have been made in achieving equality, inequality continues to exist within our
very own profession. As the president of the Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY),
I have encountered people who are surprised that a minority bar association dedicated to advancing
the interests of Asian Americans within the legal profession exists at all and who have asked about
the necessity for such an organization. This reaction reflects the attitude of mainstream society toward
Asian Americans. When people think of equality, they often think of gender equality, or equality for
minorities, but Asian Americans are not among the minorities about whom society is concerned.
The indifference toward Asian American equality is a result of our having been classified under the
rubric of the “model minority” and thus viewed as achieving success by keeping our heads down and
working hard. But Asian Americans have not achieved the success and equality that we are perceived
to have reached, particularly in the legal profession.
5/1/13 Chronicle of Higher Education: “Are Asian Americans Held Back by Stereotypes? Though Asian-
Americans and Pacific Islanders occupy a higher percentage of full-time, tenured faculty positions than
do other racial-minority groups, they represent a small percentage of the top leadership positions in
by Nick DeSantis
Though Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders occupy a higher percentage of full-time, tenured faculty
positions than do other racial-minority groups, they represent a small percentage of the top leadership
positions in higher education, according to a report released on Wednesday by the American Council on
According to the councilï¿½s data, 1.5 percent of college and university presidents are Asian-Americans
and Pacific Islanders. Though that group accounts for 7 percent of full-time, tenured faculty members,
Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders make up just 2 percent of chief academic officers and 3 percent
of academic deans.
4/28/13 New York Times: “New Suburban Dream Born of Asia and Southern California”
By Jennifer Medina
San Marino, Calif. ï¿½ Beneath the palm trees that line Huntington Drive, named for the railroad
magnate who founded this Southern California city, hang signs to honor families who have helped
sponsor the centennial celebration here this year. There are names like Dryden, Crowley and Telleen,
families that have lived here for generations. But there are newer names as well: Sun, Koo and Shi.
4/28/13 Diverse Education: “Asian Pacific Americans Still Battling Stereotype of Not Being Assertive Enough to Lead”
by Lydia Lum
San Francisco ï¿½ Although both of Dr. Lori Adrianï¿½s parents were educators in their native Philippines,
she still describes her college presidency as an accident of sorts. Consider her life and career path:
4/26/2013 Huffington Post: “Lu Lingzi’s America”
I can’t get Lu Lingzi, the young Chinese student killed during last Monday’s Boston Marathon bombing,
out of my head. I feel deeply for all the victims, but for some reason it’s Lu’s face, ethereal and half-smiling,
hand poised to eat a strawberry sundae, haunting me.
4/26/13 Tampa Bay Times: “As America’s fastest-growing immigrant group, Asians find a growing voice”
by Alex Leary, Times Washington Bureau Chief
Annandale, Va.- It is the fastest-growing immigrant group in the United States, sweeping in cultural,
political and demographic changes. Hispanics? No. The wave flows from China, Vietnam, South Korea,
the Philippines and India ï¿½ Asians who are asserting themselves economically, scrambling elections
and have much at stake as Congress begins to tackle immigration reform. “It’s been building for years
but we have a place at the table,” said Shekar Narasimhan, an Indian-American entrepreneur in the
Virginia suburbs of Washington. “We can’t be ignored anymore. It feels terrific.”
4/25/2013 Boston Globe: “Carjack victim recounts his harrowing night”
By Eric Moskowitz
The 26-year-old Chinese entrepreneur had just pulled his new Mercedes to the curb on Brighton
Avenue to answer a text when an old sedan swerved behind him, slamming on the brakes. A man in
dark clothes got out and approached the passenger window. It was nearly 11 p.m. last Thursday.
The man rapped on the glass, speaking quickly. Danny, unable to hear him, lowered the window —
and the man reached an arm through, unlocked the door, and climbed in, brandishing a silver handgun.
ï¿½Donï¿½t be stupid,ï¿½ he told Danny. He asked if he had followed the news about Mondayï¿½s Boston
Marathon bombings. Danny had, down to the release of the grainy suspect photos less than six hours
ï¿½I did that,ï¿½ said the man, who would later be identified as Tamerlan Tsarnaev. ï¿½And I just killed a
policeman in Cambridge.ï¿½
He ordered Danny to drive — right on Fordham Road, right again on Commonwealth Avenue —
the beginning of an achingly slow odyssey last Thursday night and Friday morning in which Danny
felt the possibility of death pressing on him like a vise.
4/24/2013 San Jose Mercury News: “Glass ceiling: Asian Americans still under-represented in
Silicon Valley leadership”
by Buck Gee, Denise Peck and Vish Mishra
While the proportion of Asian American high tech workers in Silicon Valley has grown from 38
percent in 2000 to over 50 percent in 2010, their representation on senior executive teams is only
11 percent. In board rooms, their presence has declined from 8.8 percent to 8.3 percent. And even
though Chinese Americans constitute the largest Asian group, their board representation has
dropped from 5 percent to 3 percent.
4/24/13 The Careerist: “Big Law’s Bamboo Ceilingï¿½Is It Finally Broken?”
by Vivia Chen
Have Asian Americans broken the racial barriers when it comes to career success? You’d think so,
judging by the recent Pew survey, which I reported on a few days ago, that finds Asian Americans
to be better educated, wealthier, and happier than most Americans. In fact, a sizable percentage of
Asian Americans no longer regard discrimination as a major issue in their own lives (over 80 percent
say it’s a “minor” problem or “not a problem”).
4/23/13 The Daily Mail: “Chinese carjack victim of Boston bombers only escaped when they stopped for
Red Bull… and they didn’t kill him because he ‘wasn’t American'”
By Paul Thompson
Close call: The victim was able to jump out of the car and flee while Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, pictured,
looked to buy cans of Red Bull and chocolate bars
A man taken hostage by the alleged Boston bombers after he was car jacked was able to escape after
they stopped to buy cans of Red Bull at a gas station, MailOnline can reveal.
The carjacking victim, whose name has not been revealed, has told authorities that being Chinese
almost certainly saved his life, saying that the brothers told him they would not kill him because he was
4/22/13 Bloomberg BNA
Q&A: Implicit Bias Effect on Asian American Workers
by Lydell C. Bridgeford
Marita Etcubaï¿½ez, director of programs at the Asian American Justice Center (AAJC), discusses how
implicit bias and stereotypes of Asian Americans can hinder their career advancement in the workplace.
4/18/2013 The Huffington Post: “‘Chinese In Hollywood’ To Shine A Light On Forgotten Chinese
Contributions To Entertainment”
By Anna Almendrala
Have you ever heard of Esther Eng, a trailblazing Chinese-American filmmaker? By the time she
was 35, she had directed 10 feature films. Notably, she was also the one who gave Bruce Lee his
first-ever starring role, in her film “Golden Gate Girl” (1941).
4/18/13 Boston University: “BU Scholarship to Honor LU Lingzi: In response to worldwide outpouring,
trustees launch fund with $560,000”
by Susan Seligson
BU has created a scholarship fund in memory of LU Lingzi (GRSï¿½14), the graduate student who was
killed in the bomb blast near the Boston Marathon finish line.
Contribute to the LU Lingzi Memorial Scholarship Fund here.
4/18/13 Asian Journal: “Asian American leaders call for more inclusive immigration bill: Senate
legislation is step in right direction, but excludes needs of many immigrants”
Washington ï¿½ The National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA), a coalition of 30 national
Asian Pacific American organizations, released the following statement Wednesday regarding the
introduction of an immigration reform bill in the U.S. Senate:
4/18/2013 San Jose Mercury News: “Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders left out of immigration debate”
By Paul Fong and Mayra Cruz
For the first time in history, the influx of Asians moving to the United States has surpassed that of
Latinos, and although Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders make up only 5 percent of the U.S.
population, they account for 12 percent or 1.5 million of the 12 million aspiring Americans in the country.
This means that more than 10 percent of this community is undocumented.
4/18/13 Bloomberg: “How Republicans Can Win Over Asian-Americans”
By Lanhee Chen
I am the son of Taiwanese immigrants who came to the U.S. in the 1970s seeking opportunity for
themselves and the chance for their children to grow up in a more prosperous society. My story is not
unusual among Asian-Americans. Itï¿½s also a profile that is tailor-made for the Republican Party, which
stands for enhancing opportunity. Yet Asian-Americans from my generation (and others) are finding less
and less appeal in the Republican Party.
4/15/13 Time: “The Thin-Envelope Crisis”
By Fareed Zakaria
In an essay in the American Conservative, Ron Unz uses a mountain of data to charge that America’s
top colleges and universities have over the past two decades maintained a quota–an upper limit–of
about 16.5% for Asian Americans, despite their exploding applicant numbers and high achievements.
Some of Unz’s data is bad. His numbers do not account for the many Asian mixed-race students and
others who refuse to divulge their race (largely from fears that they will be rejected because of a quota).
Two Ivy League admissions officers estimated to me that Asian Americans probably make up more
than 20% of their entering classes. Even so, institutions that are highly selective but rely on more
objective measures for admission have found that their Asian-American populations have risen much
more sharply over the past two decades. Caltech and the University of California, Berkeley, are now
about 40% Asian. New York City’s Stuyvesant High School admits about 1,000 students out of the
30,000 who take a math and reading test (and thus is twice as selective as Harvard). It is now 72%
Asian American. The U.S. math and science olympiad winners are more than 70% Asian American.
In this context, for the U.S.’s top colleges and universities to be at 20% is, at the least, worth some
Test scores are only one measure of a student’s achievement, and other qualities must be taken
into account. But it’s worth keeping in mind that the arguments for such subjective criteria are precisely
those that were made in the 1930s to justify quotas for Jews. In fact, in his book The Chosen: The
Hidden History of Admission and Exclusion at Harvard, Yale and Princeton, scholar Jerome Karabel
exhaustively documented how nonobjective admissions criteria such as interviews and extracurriculars
were put in place by Ivy League schools in large measure to keep Jewish admissions from rising.
4/14/13 Crain’s New York Business: “The city comptroller takes on Jamie Dimon despiteï¿½
or because ofï¿½his own trouble.”
Liu on the Chase
City Comptroller John Liu, a Democratic mayoral candidate, is using his power as a trustee of
public pensions with investments in JPMorgan Chase & Co. to strip CEO Jamie Dimon of his role
as chairman in light of the $6 billion “London whale” trading loss. While Mr. Liu flexes his office’s
muscle, his former campaign treasurer is set to face trial over an alleged donation scheme.
4/11/13 USA Today: “GOP sees need to woo Asian-American voters”
by Martha T. Moore
Asian Americans used to vote heavily Republican, but they have swung to Democrats.
They are a small but fast-growing demographic
Republicans try to gear outreach to Asian Americans
4/11/13 Northwest Asian Weekly: “More than just the money ï¿½ Asian American NFL agent seeks
character in clients”
By Jason J. Cruz
ï¿½Show me the money!ï¿½ That line made famous by Cuba Gooding Jr. in the movie ï¿½Jerry Maguireï¿½
exemplifies the greed of sports management.
Eugene Lee, professional sports agent, is seeking to go beyond this. As the NFL Draft takes place on
April 20, Lee will be tending to the needs of his players, as they hope to realize their dreams of finally
making it to the National Football League.
4/10/2013 Huffington Post: “We Are Not Newcomers or Bystanders: Asian Americans and the
Struggle for Immigration Reform”
by Deepa Iyer (Executive Director, South Asian Americans Leading Together)
Taking part in the immigrant rights rally in Washington D.C. on April 10th is significant for me, not
only as an immigrant and an advocate for racial justice, but as an Asian American. Despite common
perceptions, Asian Americans are neither newcomers nor bystanders in the struggle for equality of
immigrants in the United States. We are inheritors of a history of restrictive and racist immigration
policies, from the Chinese Exclusion Act to quotas limiting migration from Asian countries to the
post 9/11 program called NSEERS (National Security Entry/Exit Registration System). We are also
the beneficiaries of the courageous acts of people such as Takao Ozawa, Bhagat Singh Thind and
many others who challenged unfair immigration policies at the beginning of the 20th century. This
history of resilience and struggle continues today, as Asian American DREAMers, exploited workers,
detained immigrants and separated family members share stories of hardship and mistreatment,
and call for changes to our country’s broken immigration system.
4/10/13 Hyphen Magazine: “Hot Asian American Guys Are Taking Over My TV (Finally)”
by Theresa Celebra
I’m thirty years old and have been watching TV for a pretty long time, and I feel fully confident in
saying this has the best season of all time for hot Asian American men. To complement Dianne’s
Hyphen TV column, I made a short list of favorites. This season I’ve religiously watched three shows
in particular, and all of them have featured pretty attractive Asian American guys — all getting the girl.
4/9/13 Los Angeles Times: “Republicans reach out to Asian American voters with new hires”
By Maeve Reston
As the 168 members of the Republican National Committee head to Los Angeles for their spring
meeting ï¿½ a visit meant to illustrate the partyï¿½s commitment to broadening its reach even in the bluest of
states ï¿½ Chairman Reince Priebus announced two new hires who will focus on stepping up the partyï¿½s
efforts to engage voters in Asian and Pacific Islander communities.
The hirings of Stephen Fong as a national field director and Jason Chung as a national communications
director are the first in a series of changes that will be announced this week as the partyï¿½s members
debate actions intended to reverse their losses in the 2012 presidential race.
4/9/13 Capital New York: “A candidate forum touching on John Liu, the 7 line and ‘Asian massage therapy'”
By Azi Paybarah
4/9/13 The American Spectator: “Tests and Tiger Moms”
By Thomas Sowell
Recent statistics on the students who passed the examination to get into Stuyvesant High School raise
troubling questions that are unlikely to receive the kind of serious answers they deserve.
These successful applicants included 9 black students, 24 Latino students, 177 white students and
620 Asian Americans.
4/8/13 CNN: “Caught in the middle: Asian immigrants struggle to stay in America”
By Sudip Bhattacharya
Washington (CNN) — It should have been a happy day for Raymond Jose: He had been accepted to
college, with scholarships to help pay for it.
But when he told his parents, his mother started to cry.
“I was puzzled why she was crying after hearing such great news,” said Jose, who was to attend
Montgomery College in Maryland. “That was when she started to explain to me we were undocumented,
that we had overstayed our tourist visas.”
Jose’s family had come to the United States from the Philippines in 2000, when Jose was 9. They first
lived in the Tampa Bay, Florida, area but moved four years later to Maryland.
4/7/13 Crains New York: “Big trouble, little Chinatown bank: DA’s charges against Abacus Federal:
Financial fraud or Asia-U.S. culture clash?”
by Dave Lindorff
When Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. invited local media last May to watch 19
employees of Chinatown’s Abacus Federal Savings Bank being led together in chains out of the
bank for arraignment, he no doubt failed to imagine that the spectacle would remind more than a
few city residents of a Chinese road gang in the U.S. over a century ago.
4/6/13 News Track India: “Asian-American basketball player says ‘ethnicity’ reason behind
NBA, college snub”
New York (ANI): American professional basketball player Jeremy Lin has revealed in an
interview that he was not drafted by any National Basketball Association (NBA) club or get a
major college scholarship because of his ethnicity.
4/5/13 New American Media: “Roger Ebert Defended Asian-American Cinema”
by Suzanne Joe Kai
I will remember Roger Ebert not only for his reviews and commentary, but also for his
advocacy of Asian American cinema.
4/5/2013 Washington Post: “McLeanï¿½s John Tran named first Asian-American judge in
Virginia history, to join Fairfax bench”
By Tom Jackman
McLean resident John M. Tran, a former federal and Alexandria city prosecutor, was elected
early Thursday to the Fairfax County Circuit Court by the Virginia General Assembly. Tran,
remarkably, will become the first Asian-American ever to serve as a judge in the
Commonwealth of Virginia.
4/4/13 Huffington Post: “Pew Research vs Asian Americans”
Recently, some legitimate questions have been raised about The Pew Internet and
American Life Project’s new “Demographics of Social Media Users” study for failing
to include Asian-Americans. Unfortunately, Pew’s response has only highlighted the glaring
problem that for 20 years Asians have been regularly excluded from all of their research
studies, not just this latest one on digital aptitude.
4/4/13 Nonprofit Quarterly: “Harvard ï¿½Rejectï¿½ to Establish Asian American University”
by Erwin de Leon
Before long, Asian American students may have an alternative to Harvard and other top colleges.
Hun Loo Gong, a self-made tech billionaire and Harvard reject, is reportedly establishing a university
in California for students he calls ï¿½vengeful rejectsï¿½ of elite institutions, ï¿½students who want to let
Harvard and Berkeley and Stanford know the schools made a great, big mistake.ï¿½
3/31/13 diverseeducation.com: “Rejected Asian Americans Start New ï¿½Historical Asian American
College and Universityï¿½ Movement”
by Emil Guillermo
Hun Loo ï¿½Lincolnï¿½ Gong, a self-made billionaire who designed the first chip that enabled laptops to
automatically read both Apple and PC software in Chinese and English, was rejected from Harvard in 1981.
He has never forgotten that, nor the fact that itï¿½s impossibly difficult for Asian Americans to get beyond
the limitations of top institutions with increasingly high percentages of Asian American students.
Gong knew of other high level executives in the tech field who were Asian immigrants, now naturalized
citizens, but were rejected from their top choices like Harvard, UC Berkeley, and Stanford. Last month,
during a poker night in San Jose, Calif., Gong got his millionaire buddies to pool close to $1 billion dollars
to create a full-fledged university based in California, that would cater to what he called the ï¿½vengeful rejects.ï¿½
Then they will set up a virtual online university that will give opportunities to Asian immigrants abroad
to receive American degrees, as well as Asian Americans who got rejected from the top schools.
3/28/13 Rafu Shimpo: LA Daily Japanese News: “Into the Next Stage: ï¿½Olympus Has Fallenï¿½:
Not Even One Asian American Face? Really?”
By Guy Aoki
For years, I worried about the impact of the ï¿½Red Dawnï¿½ remake, where North Koreans invade
Seattle and take over the country. I shouldï¿½ve paid more attention to another movie just released
by the same company, Film District, ï¿½Olympus Has Fallen.ï¿½ . . . . .
2. It doesnï¿½t feature one Asian American face ï¿½ let alone someone who speaks any lines ï¿½
to offset the vicious North Korean terrorists.
3/21/13 NBER Working Papers Series: “The Missing ï¿½One-Offsï¿½:
The Hidden Supply of High-Achieving, Low Income Students”
by Caroline M. Hoxby abs Christopher Avery
Working Paper 18586 http://www.nber.org/papers/w18586
The vast majority of very high-achieving students who are low-income do not apply to any
selective college or university. This is despite the fact that selective institutions would often cost them
less, owing to generous financial aid, than the resource-poor two-year and non-selective four-year
institutions to which they actually apply. Moreover, high-achieving, low-income students who do apply
to selective institutions are admitted and graduate at high rates. We demonstrate that these low-income
students’ application behavior differs greatly from that of their high-income counterparts who have
15.2% are Asian American.
3/21/13 Inside Higher Ed: “Academics born in India see growth in presidential ranks,”
by Kevin Kiley
Asians and Asian Americans make up 5.4 percent of all undergraduate teaching faculty in the country,
according to a 2011 survey by the Higher Education Research Institute at the University of California
Los Angeles. In a survey of presidents and chancellors by the American Council on Education also
released in 2011, Asian and Asian-Americans only made up 1.5 percent of those individuals.
3/20/13 New America Media: “Proof-of-Citizenship Laws ‘Disenfranchise’ Asian Americans”
Op-ed, by Glenn Magpantay
After the 2012 elections, political leaders across the country recognized the Asian Pacific Islander
community and its ability to influence local, state and national races. Yet in several states, legislatures
have adopted laws that effectively disenfranchise members of these communities.
Arizona, Alabama, Kansas, Tennessee, and Georgia ï¿½ home to sizable and growing API and Latino
communities — now require voters to present documentary proof of U.S. citizenship. At least twelve
other states are considering passing similar laws.
3/17/13 Washington Post: “Comptroller launches bid to become NYCï¿½s first Asian-American mayor,
while ex-aides face trial”
By Associated Press
New York ï¿½ City Comptroller John Liu embarked Sunday on a mayoral bid that illuminates the
political rise of New York Cityï¿½s Asian-American population but has been shadowed by a fundraising-
conspiracy case against two former aides.
Already the first person of Asian descent to be elected citywide in New York, Liu, a Democrat,
hopes to become its first Asian-American mayor.
3/17/13 Los Angeles Times: “Another side of illegal immigration: Unlike their parents, who generally
remain silent and live in fear and shame, young Asians and Pacific Islanders are joining to advocate
by Steve Lopez
Denise Panaligan, 19, confessed to me that she was nervous.
Because she had never stood up in public and admitted that she and her family had moved here a
decade ago from the Philippines without papers. Like many of her peers who came to the United States
as children, Panaligan had no idea she was undocumented until she was ready to apply for college and
needed a Social Security number.
3/15/13 Patheos: “Asian and Asian American Catholicism”
By Jerry Park
St. Basilï¿½s is one of the main Catholic churches for Los Angelenos and is well-positioned for
walking from Koreatown. During my two days there, I witnessed specific Korean prayers and even
modes of prayer that I had not seen in my years growing up in mixed-ethnic Catholic churches in
New Jersey and Philadelphia. Three years later, Iï¿½m reminded of how significant Catholicism is
for many Korean immigrants and many Koreans.
3/14/13 Rafu Shimpo (Los Angeles Japanese Daily News): “Into The Next Stage: The Politics
Behind Getting an Asian American Star in ï¿½21 and Overï¿½”
By Guy Aoki
It was encouraging to see trailers for ï¿½21 and Overï¿½ because it focused on two white friends
trying to help their best friend (Justin Chon) celebrate his 21st birthday. Itï¿½s rare that Asian
American characters get to be that prominent in a film. The names of the actors playing his friends
Casey (Skylar Astin) and Miller (Miles Teller), come first in the credits with Chon in the third slot.
3/13/13 Schoolbook.org: “Debate of Single-Test Admissions Policy Divides on Access and Race”
By Beth Fertig
The multiple-choice test that determines admission to the cityï¿½s specialized high schools,
the Specialized High School Admissions Test, is at the center of a legal complaint as well as a
vast and lucrative business of test-prep tutoring.
Each fall, about 30,000 kids take the test in the hope of landing one of the 6,000 available spots.
Out of nearly 28,000 students who applied for the 2012-13 school year, only 5 percent of black
students received offers and 6.7 percent of Latinos while 30.6 percent of white and 35 percent of
Asians received offers.
Asian students currently account for 60 percent of the students attending the highly competitive
3/13/13 AsianScientist: “Asian American Engineers Honored For Their Contributions To
AsianScientist (Mar. 13, 2013) ï¿½ At the recent Asian American Engineer of the Year (AAEOY)
Awards ceremony, 19 senior and upcoming engineers were recognized for their contributions to
3/12/13 Gothamist: “NY’s First Asian American Assemblyman Gets A Month In Jail For Bribery,”
By Garth Johnston
Jimmy Meng was the first Asian American to be elected to the New York State legislature in
2004 and today he became the first Asian American former Assemblyman to be sent to jail on
bribery charges. Meng, the father of New York’s first Asian American Congresswoman Grace
Meng, was sentenced today to one month in jail and fined $30,000 for his role in an $80,000 in
a fruit basket bribery scheme.
3/11/13 WBUR Boston: “Discrimination Against Asians In College Admissions; College
acceptance letters are coming. A call to accept more qualified Asian students”
Carolyn Chen: ï¿½At the end of this month, high school seniors will submit their college
applications and begin waiting to hear where they will spend the next four years of their lives.
More than they might realize, the outcome will depend on race. If you are Asian, your chances of
getting into the most selective colleges and universities will almost certainly be lower than if you
Carolyn Chen, director in Asian American Studies at Northwestern University, where she is
also professor of sociology. In December she wrote an op-ed in the New York Times titled,
ï¿½Asians: Too Smart for Their Own Good?ï¿½
3/9/13 New York Times: “The Leading Liberal Against Affirmative Action
By David Leonhardt
Perhaps the most prominent self-described progressive with doubts about the current version of
affirmative action is Richard D. Kahlenberg, of the Century Foundation. Mr. Kahlenberg argues that
a race-focused version of affirmative action can be unfair, is inconsistent with many of the programï¿½s
original goals and has lost the support of the public. Todayï¿½s affirmative action, he says, helps
perpetuate privilege, by helping to fill elite-college campuses with an ethnically diverse mix of affluent
3/9/13 The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: “Asian Americans say the faced voting problems”
By Dan Klepal
Asian American voters in Georgia had a range of problems during the 2012 presidential
election, including being improperly asked to show proof of citizenship at the polls, not having access
to translators or interpreters when reviewing ballots, and having their names misspelled on voter rolls.
3/7/13 Fronteras: “Asian-Americans Have Their Own Priorities For Immigration Reform”
by Charles Castaldi
Many observers on Capitol Hill believe that after the sequestration showdown, the White House and
Congress will actually make an effort to compromise and pass immigration reform laws this year. And
among the voices wanting to make themselves heard in the immigration debate are some who are
definitely not speaking Spanish.
The variety of those voices can be heard at the downtown L.A. headquarters of the Asian Pacific
American Legal Center (APALC). Inside their offices, a multitude of languages are spoken: Korean,
Vietnamese, Tagalog, Mandarin, Cantonese, Khmer, Thai, Hindi, Punjabi. Itï¿½s a long list that reflects
the changing demographics of the L.A. area.
3/7/13 PolicyMic: “Why Are Asian Americans Fleeing the GOP?”
by Yumi Araki
Not too long ago, the Republican Party was successful in appealing to Asian Americans; a cohort
that seems to embody the conservative identity better than any other non-white group in America.
As the highest earning ethnic group with the highest number of degree-holders, Asian Americans are
also the most likely to embark on conservative-leaning professions. On paper, Asian Americans fit
the GOP bill. So then why did 73% of them vote for Obama?
3/4/13 Gallup.com: “Asian-Americans Solidly Prefer Democrats; Sixty-one percent of young adult
Asian-Americans identify as/lean Democratic”
by Andrew Dugan
Washington, D.C. — Asian-Americans — who were a key part, if sometimes overlooked, of President
Barack Obama’s 2012 electoral coalition — solidly back the Democratic Party, with 57% identifying as
or leaning Democratic, compared with 28% identifying as or leaning Republican. Thirteen percent are
“pure” independents. However, the data suggest that a substantial portion of Asian-Americans are not
entirely wedded to either of the major political parties: 46% first describe themselves as independent
or other, and only when asked if they “lean” Republican or Democratic does the Democratic Party
garner its majority support within this group.
3/3/13 Associated Press: “McConnell takes on group for criticizing wife Elaine Chao”
By Roger Alford
Winchester, Ky. (AP) ï¿½ Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell lambasted a liberal group on
Saturday for criticizing the Asian heritage of his wife, former Labor Secretary Elaine Chao, calling its
Twitter messages “racial slurs” and “the ultimate outrage.”
3/3/12 Asian Fortune News: “Asian American Students Top U.S. Graduation Rates”
By Jhee Yoon
Washington, D.C.ï¿½Asian/Pacific Islanders have the highest high school graduation rates of any ethnic
groups in America, according to the U.S. Department of Education. 93.5% of Asian and Pacific Islander
students received diplomas at the end of the 2009-2010 school year, the focus of a study from DOEï¿½s
National Center for Education Statistics.
AAPI students are followed by white student graduates (83.0 percent), Hispanics (71.4 percent),
American Indian/Alaska Natives (69.1 percent), and African Americans (66.1 percent).
Asian Americans also do best at the other end of the spectrum, having the lowest calculated dropout
rate of 1.9 %, followed by white students, who have a 2.3 percent dropout rate. The dropout rate for
Hispanics students is 5.0%, followed by African Americans at 5.5%, and American Indian/Alaska Natives
The overall on-time high school graduation rate is at 78.2%, a rise of 2.7%. 78.2% ls the highest level
3/2/13 Asian Journal: “4 Asian Americans vying for LA City Council seats,”
by Joseph Pimentel
Los Angeles ï¿½ A historic four Asian Americans are vying for a seat in the LA City Council — a place
they have not had representation since the mid-1980s and early 1990s.
Korean Americans John Choi and Emile Mack; and Filipino-American Alex De Ocampo, are among
the 12 competitors aiming to replace mayoral candidate Eric Garcetti in the 13th Council District.
Japanese American LAPD Deputy Chief Terry Hara is running for the 9th Council District seat in the
March 5 primary election.
2/28/13 Associated Press: “First Asian-American studio chief brings hard work, humor to Warner Bros:
From eggs to film: A Japanese-American studio head”
By Ryan Nakashima
There isn’t much “Hollywood” about Kevin Tsujihara.
He spends most of his time in back-room meetings, away from the red carpets and spotlights for
which the city is known. There are few photos of him online, and a few weeks ago, someone created
the first page for him on Wikipedia.
2/28/13 Hyphen Magazine: “21 and Over: Making Jokes and Breaking Stereotypes”
by Nam Le
Iï¿½m going to review this movie twice, from two angles. Neither view is particularly more important than
the other — but both are inseparable from how I feel about 21 and Over.
Part I: Reviewing the Movie as an Avid Movie-watcher and Armchair Critic
Part II: Reviewing the Movie as an Asian American Studies Minor
2/28/13 The Detroit News: “Survey highlights challenges for Metro Detroit’s Asian-Americans,”
By Shawn D. Lewis
Metro Detroit’s Asian-American community faces bullying in schools, barriers to career advancement
and high unemployment, according to an assessment that will be delivered to state lawmakers Thursday.
2/27/13 Houston Chronicle: “Is Texasï¿½ Asian-American political voice at risk?”
As the U.S. Supreme Court considers the constitutionality of Section 5, a key provision of the landmark
Voting Rights Act of 1965, this week in Shelby Co. v. Holder, the need to protect Asian-American votersï¿½
rights has never been greater.
2/26/13 The Daily Beast: “Why Asian-Americans Have Turned Their Backs on the Republican Party”
by Lloyd Green
As recently as the 1990s, the fast-growing group leaned right. Lloyd Green on what changed.
The Republican Partyï¿½s problems with Latino voters are well documented, but its poor performance
with Asian-Americans should be giving the party even greater pause. By and large, Asian-Americans are
affluent, well educated, and disproportionately absent from the dreaded 47 percent. Moreover, they once
had a history of voting Republican. In 1992, Asian-Americans favored George H. W. Bush over Bill
Clinton, and four years later they went for Bob Dole.
2/24/13 New York Times: “Chinese Moving to East Harlem in a Quiet Shift From Downtown”
By J. David Goodman
For 10 days last month, a robbery pattern in East Harlem drew the heightened attention of the Police
Department, which flooded the area with patrol officers and papered storefronts with wanted posters.
There was nothing unusual in the robberï¿½s methods ï¿½ stalking victims into elevators, beating them with
fists and making off with wallets, purses and cellphones ï¿½ but his choice of victims added an alarming and,
for Spanish Harlem, perhaps unexpected demographic twist: all were Chinese.
The pattern of robberies, eight in all, brought unique challenges for the uptown precincts and forced the
Police Department to draw from its well of 149 Chinese-speaking officers, some of whom were reassigned
to East Harlem from Chinatown.
February 2013 Texas Monthly: “Found in Translation: Activist Glenda Joe on the immigrant experience
by Erica Grieder
One of Houstonï¿½s most touted attributes is its diversity. Just last year sociologists at Rice University
reported that the city had become the most ethnically diverse large metropolitan area in the United States.
Though Latinos saw the largest increase, the group with the fastest rate of growth was Asians, who now
make up 6.5 percent of the Houston metro population, up from 3.4 percent in 1990. Among the latter
communityï¿½s longtime activists is Glenda Joe, who embarked on a career in cross-cultural
communication in the seventies when she saw firsthand how the cityï¿½s diversity was contributing to both
its economic development and racial tensions. The 59-year-old has worked with everyone from Ku Klux
Klan members and Vietnamese fishermen to Korean grocers and black, white, and Latino high school
students; this month she will produce the 2013 Lunar New Year festival for some 50,000 people.
2/20/13 CNN: “Opinion: Asian-American men can be sexy, too
By Michael Hung
Michael Hung is a chef and writer living in San Francisco.
(CNN) – I’ve had three long-term relationships in my life, all with Asian-American women.
It was never a conscious decision to date solely within my race. In most ways, those relationships
were serendipitous. I’d met intelligent, loving, beautiful girls who happened to look like me. But this
idea of happy coincidence, in retrospect, was only partially true.
2/12/13 The Hill: “Asian American priorities for immigration reform”
By Reps. Judy Chu (D-Calif.) and Michael Honda (D-Calif.) –
When Woodrow Wilson established the annual State of the Union address a hundred years ago,
the United States had a strict policy forbidding Asian immigrants from even setting foot on our
shores. The Chinese Exclusion Act was the law of the land, and it remains the only federal law to
ever exclude an entire group of people from immigration solely because of their race.
Moving forward, it is crucial that we also recognize the impact of our broken immigration system
on Asian Pacific Americans, a community that is often overlooked in this debate.
Today, Asians make up the largest group of new immigrants coming to the U.S. with nearly three
quarters of all Asian American adults being foreign born. Asian Americans are also the fastest
growing racial group in the country. Yet itï¿½s somehow still rare to hear our community mentioned in
discussions around immigration.
The Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, the leading voice for the Asian Pacific
American community in Congress, recently unveiled five central priorities for immigration reform.
With Asians making up ten percent of all unauthorized immigrants, the first among these is the
need for a roadmap to citizenship. In addition, the caucus has endorsed proposals to strengthen
our economy and workforce, promote integration for new Americans, and establish smarter, more
Finally, we support family unity and reducing immigration backlogs. Families should not be
divided across continents when we know that our society benefits by keeping them together.
Jerry Yang, the founder of Yahoo! is a perfect example. His mother brought him from Taiwan to
America when he was ten years old on a family visa. Despite knowing only one English word ï¿½
ï¿½shoeï¿½ ï¿½ upon arrival, Yang went on to master the language and thrive in his new home, ultimately
founding one of the worldï¿½s largest internet companies. He created thousands of American jobs
and provides a service that allows millions of Americans to be more productive. Unfortunately,
many immigrants are not as lucky as Jerry, and some have been forced to wait as long as 23
years to be reunited with their families in the United States.
We are a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants, and it is time for us to reconcile these facts
with a workable process for people who want to move here. These people share the same
aspirations as past generations of newcomers who helped build this country. Their spirit and talent
is not a threat to our nationï¿½s prosperity ï¿½ if anything, itï¿½s been the secret to our success. And as
our nation has benefited from diversity, so too will our immigration debate. Asian Americans and
Pacific Islanders bring a unique perspective to this discussion, and without our input, the next stage
in this great American experiment will be incomplete.
Chu is chairman of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus and a member of the
House Judiciary Committee. Honda is CAPAC chairman emeritus and chairs CAPACï¿½s Immigration
2/12/13 The American Prospect: “Why Asian Americans Are So Democraticï¿½In Three Charts”
by Jamelle Bouie
It’s ideology, and then some.
Apropos of this morningï¿½s post on the Democratic Partyï¿½s overwhelming strength with Asian
Americans, itï¿½s worth looking at why Asians are so supportive of Democrats in general, and
President Obama in particular.
2/12/13 The American Prospect: “The GOP’s Big Asian-American Problem”
by Jamelle Bouie
A recent survey shows how damaged the Republican brand is with Asian Americans.
Still overlooked in the immigration discussion are Asian Americans, who are the fastest growing
demographic group in the countryï¿½and one of the most diverse.
2/5/13 89.3 KPCC Southern California Public Radio: “How much disparity is there among Asian Americans? Plenty”
by Leslie Berestein Rojas
The details in a newly issued report on the disparities within California’s Asian American population are an eye-opening antidote to the “model minority” myth. They depict a diverse population that’s deeply divided along lines of social class, educational attainment, language and more.
1/31/13 press release: “OCA Supports Policy Framework Presented on Immigration Reform”
Washington, D.C. ï¿½ OCA, a national organization dedicated to advancing the political, social, and
economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans (APAs), is encouraged by the policy framework that
has been presented by the U.S. Senate and President Barack Obama regarding comprehensive
In the Senateï¿½s bi-partisan policy proposal, individuals who have unlawful residency status can
receive probationary legal status by passing a background check and paying fines and back taxes.
In addition, a new employment verification system and agriculture worker program is set to be
established to regulate policies that have been widely unchecked. President Obama has also
expressed strong support for family reunification, an issue that has separated families for decades,
as well as provisions that extend LGBT families privileges on par with heterosexual families.
ï¿½While the framework that has been presented is very broad and does not include specific
details, it does seem to provide a solid foundation toward immigration reform which attempts
to address key human rights issues,ï¿½ says Sharon M. Wong, OCA National President. ï¿½There is
no time like the present to put forth much needed policy solutions that reunifies families, grants
a path to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented individuals already here, and focus on
growing the countryï¿½s economy.ï¿½
In addition, the Senateï¿½s initial proposal provides a solution to the immigration ï¿½brain-drainï¿½,
a phenomenon where non-citizens are educated under the United Statesï¿½ education system,
but must return to their country of origin due to restricted issuance of work visas. The new
immigration proposal will award a green card to immigrants who have received a PhD or
Masterï¿½s Degree in science, technology, engineering, or math from an American university.
As the legislation will be presented in the coming weeks, specific details will be determined.
It is important to ensure that significant portions of the APA community donï¿½t slip through the
cracks. While agriculture and low-skilled workers have a separate path to citizenship, many
other occupations held by APA immigrants must be included in ensuring a fair and reasonable plan.
ï¿½Timely and adequate reform requires strong support from broad segments of our society as well
as a level of creativity that addresses key economic and political priorities of our country,ï¿½ notes
Tom Hayashi, OCA Executive Director. ï¿½We look forward to working with Congressional leaders
on fair and realistic legislation that ensures a competent and humane immigration system for
Contact: Tom Hayashi, Executive Director
1/31/13 NPR: “For Asian-Americans, Immigration Backlogs Are A Major Hurdle”
by Gene Demby
Although the national conversation about immigration policy tends to focus on Latinos, it is Asian-
Americans who encounter some of the knottiest challenges facing immigrants and immigration
Of the five countries with the longest backlogs for visas, four are in Asia.
According to a report from the National Asian American Survey released earlier this week, Asian-
Americans boast the highest proportion of foreign-born United States residents of any group ï¿½ about
3 in 4 Asian-American adults were born outside the country ï¿½ and Asia now accounts for the largest
share of immigration to the U.S. What’s more: There are an estimated 1.3 million unauthorized Asian
immigrants in the U.S.
1/30/13 New York Post: “Race, the UFT & NYCï¿½s top schools”
By Mark Schulte
The late Al Shanker, the legendary leader of the United Federation of Teachers, must be rolling over
in his grave: The unionï¿½s delegate assembly voted last month to support a lawsuit that would destroy
New York Cityï¿½s top academic high schools.
The suit by the NAACP Legal Defense Fund aims to throw out the Specialized High Schools
Admissions Test, which it claims discriminates against Hispanic and black students.
The test is the sole benchmark for admission into eight city high schools: Stuyvesant, Bronx Science,
Brooklyn Tech, Staten Island Tech, Brooklyn Latin, Queens HS for Sciences, HS of American Studies
and HS for Math, Science and Engineering.
Shanker, a Stuyvesant grad, fought hard against racialist nonsense that harmed education. Yet now
the union he built is joining in.
Before the vote, according to the UFTï¿½s New York Teacher, Janella Hinds, the unionï¿½s new vice
president for academic high schools, ï¿½argued that fewer than 10 percent of the students admitted to
these schools are black or Latino.ï¿½
In fact, during the 2010-11 school year, 2,043 of the 13,988 students at the eight high schoolsï¿½or
15 percent ï¿½ were black or Hispanic. Even the lawsuit, filed last September with the US Department
of Education, cites that stat.
The suit does raise a distressing issue: Black enrollment has fallen at the ï¿½Big Threeï¿½ schools since
the 1990s. In the 2010-11 school year, it was down to 3 percent at Bronx Science, 1 percent at
Stuyvesant and 10 percent at Brooklyn Tech.
But this tells us that the Legal Defense Fundï¿½s gripe isnï¿½t really with the test ï¿½ the LDF had no
problem with it nearly two decades ago, when black and Hispanic students were succeeding on it.
Itï¿½s only now, after Asian New Yorkers have come to trounce their black, Hispanic and white peers,
that the LDF imagines bias in the test.
For the record, in the 2010-11 school year, these eight schools had 8,240 Asian students
(59 percent), 3,675 whites (26 percent), 1,065 Hispanics (8 percent) and 978 blacks (7 percent).
(For comparison, the public-school system had 985,000 students ï¿½ 40 percent Hispanic, 30 percent
black and 15 percent each white and Asian.)
But at five of the schools, the black-Hispanic share was pretty good, ranging from 19 percent at
Brooklyn Tech to 51 percent at Brooklyn Latin. The gripe is really just with Stuyvesant (4 percent),
Staten Island Tech (7 percent) and Bronx Science (11 percent).
But what to do about the ï¿½underrepresentationï¿½ of black and Hispanic students at these three
I donï¿½t think the problem is the test. My decades of teaching in the city schools tell me that a big
reason Asian kids are doing so well is family support (and ï¿½Tiger Momï¿½-style pressure). The answer
is to provide more support to black and Hispanic kids in the years before they take the test.
Why doesnï¿½t the LDF (and the main NAACP, for that matter), perhaps with UFT volunteers, look
to set up a tutoring program to help these kids be ready to take the admissions test?
This private program could draw on the tens of thousands of successful minority graduates of
the cityï¿½s public schools ï¿½ people like Gen. Colin Powell, former Surgeon General Richard
Carmona, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas), writer-actress Esmeralda Santiago, Essence
Communications CEO Edward Lewis, federal Judge Dora Irizarry, Harvard Lawï¿½s Lani Guinier,
Baseball Hall of Famer Rod Carew and Neil de Grasse Tyson, the director of the Hayden Planetarium.
Tutoring programs in all five boroughs would start preparing minority fourth-graders for the test.
According to the National Assessment of Educational Progress, the Asian and white fourth-graders
in the cityï¿½s public schools are two years ahead of their black and Hispanic classmates in reading
and math. By eighth grade, these gaps are even larger.
The Big Three specialized high schools ï¿½ Stuyvesant, Brooklyn Tech, Bronx Science ï¿½ have
been educating the cityï¿½s brightest teens for a collective 275 years. For the UFTï¿½s current leadership
to so cavalierly discard this unrivaled success demonstrates educational malpractice that Al Shanker
would have certainly not allowed if he were still directing the unionï¿½s affairs.
Mark Schulte is a retired New York City public-school teacher.
1/29/13 http://www.wbez.org: “Asian-Americans hopeful on immigration reform; Many see their communityï¿½s
unique concerns included in discussions”
By: Odette Yousef
Asians are about 10 percent of the 11.5 million undocumented immigrants, according to a 2011
estimate from the U.S. Office of Immigration Statistics. They come primarily from China, the
Philippines, India, Korea, and Vietnam. Mexicans, by contrast, account for nearly 60 percent of the
total. It is not known how many Asian immigrants in Illinois are undocumented, but Asian-Americans
are one of the stateï¿½s fastest-growing racial groups.
1/28/13 Los Angeles Times: “Kevin Tsujihara is named CEO of Warner Bros.;
He has been president of Warner Bros.’ home entertainment unit and will become the first
Asian American to run a major Hollywood studio.”
By Meg James and Ben Fritz
In a bold bet on the digital future of entertainment, Time Warner Inc. has named Kevin Tsujihara as
chief executive of its Warner Bros. studio ï¿½ ending a fiercely fought battle for one of the most
powerful jobs in Hollywood.
1/28/2013 San Francisco Chronicle: “Asian-American women’s suicide rate tops other racial,
by Stephanie M. Lee
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Asian American women ages 65
and older had a higher suicide rate — 6.5 per 100,000 — than any other racial or ethnic group
between 2004 and 2007. White women had the next highest suicide rate: 4.3 per 100,000.
1/26/13 MyFoxNY.com: “Police search for suspect in attacks on Asian-Americans”
by Glenn Wilburn
New York – The NYPD continues the search for the man suspected of attacking Asian-Americans in
East Harlem and parts of the Upper East Side since January 17th.
Authorities say over the past week, the suspect has been assaulting six Asian-American residents
by repeatedly by punching them in the face and head and forcefully removing their property in elevators.
The latest incident took place on Friday when two Asian-American residents were assaulted.
Police say the suspect is described as a light skinned male black or male Hispanic, 6’0″- 6’2″,
200 – 230 lbs and wears a black jacket and a black doo-rag or skull cap.
Crime Stoppers is currently offering up to $2,000 in cash for information leading to the arrest and
indictment of the person responsible for these crimes.
Anyone with information can call Crime stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).
1/24/2013 Huffington Post: “Chiune Sugihara, Japan Diplomat Who Saved 6,000 Jews During
by Jaweed Kaleem
Most Americans know of Oskar Schindler, the German businessman who saved more than
1,200 lives during the Holocaust by hiring Jews to work in his factories and fought Nazi efforts
to remove them.
But fewer know about Chiune Sugihara, the Japanese diplomat who disobeyed his government’s
orders and issued visas that allowed 6,000 Jews to escape from Nazi-occupied territories via Japan.
1/24/13: The College Fix: “Polls Find Disdain for Race-Based College Admission Preferences”
by Danielle Charette – Swarthmore College
A Supreme Court decision on whether universities can use race as an admissions factor is expected
by June, however the court of public opinion has already weighed in on the matter ï¿½ and Americans of
all stripes stand largely against affirmative action, according to a variety of recent polls.
In those surveys, at least half if not more of those polled voiced opposition to race-based preferences.
1/19/13 Washington Post: “Hispanics and Asian Americans celebrate new electoral clout with
inaugural galas, wish lists”
By Pamela Constable and Luz Lazo
Dave Kumar, a District lawyer whose parents immigrated from India before he was born, and
Mauricio Martinez, a Salvadoran refugee who cooks for a catering service in Virginia, have one
important thing in common. Both are part of the historic surge in electoral participation and
activism by immigrant groups, who turned out for President Obama in record numbers last year
and put the country on notice that their votes and voices count.
1/18/13 National Journal: “10 Surprising Statistics on the Political Leanings of Asian-American Voters”
By Doris Nhan
73 percent of Asian-Americans voters supported President Obama in his reelection, an 11-percentage-
point jump from 2008.
The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund conducted an in-depth exit poll of 9,096 Asian-
American voters from 14 states and the District of Columbia.
Geographically, their political leanings were consistent with how the states eventually swung. The largest
groups of Asian-American voters who voted for Republican contender Mitt Romney were from Louisiana,
Texas and Georgia. All three states went to the former governor. In contrast, an overwhelming majority of
Asians cast their vote for Obama in the District of Columbia, Pennsylvania and New York, which went blue
79% of respondents were foreign-born, naturalized citizens. The plurality, 45 percent, were naturalized
more than 10 years ago.
76% of respondents were formally educated in the U.S., with the plurality (40 percent) achieving a college
or university degree. Close to one-quarter of those who were educated in the U.S. have an advanced degree.
57% identified as Democrats. The next largest group, 27 percent, were not registered with a party.
Just 14 percent were Republicans.
37% of Vietnamese-Americans were registered Republicans, the largest percentage for any ethnic group.
The next largest were Filipinos, 26 percent of whom were Republicans, and Koreans at 14 percent.
84% of Indo-Caribbeans were registered as Democrats, the largest percentage of all ethnic groups,
followed by Arabs (80 percent) and Bangladeshi (79 percent).
81% of Asian-Americans in Louisiana voted for Mitt Romney. In contrast, just 2 percent of Asian-
Americans in the District of Columbia voted red.
53% of respondents said the economy and jobs were the most important factors when voting for president.
Thatï¿½s followed by health care at 35 percent and education at 27 percent.
65% of respondents showed some or strong support for comprehensive immigration reform. About 21
percent strongly opposed reform or didnï¿½t know.
99% of ethnic Tagalog respondents said they knew English very well or moderately, the largest ethnic
group to say so. The largest ethnic groups that did not know English well or at all were Vietnamese and
Chinese at 30 percent. The majority of Asian-Americans, 84 percent, said they know English very well or
82% of first-time voters went for Obama. Just 16 percent of first-time voters supported Romney.
1/16/2013 Milpitas Post: “Editorial: New focus on Asian-American achievements reveals inequities;
Company executive suites, elite universities fail to keep up”
by Milpitas Post Staff
Important efforts including research projects highlight the special situation affecting Asian-Americans
at the workplaces in Silicon Valley, and a parallel circumstance relating to admissions at some of our
best public and private institutions of higher learning. Raising the issue takes courage and being a bit
out of step with cultural norms, but unless there is a public awareness about what is happening, these
kinds of conditions remain hidden and become accepted.
Take for example, the executive ranks and board rooms of the major companies we glory in here in
our valley. The Asian-American workforce now accounts for about 50 percent of high-tech employment.
That’s up from 39 percent back in the year 2000. The big name high-tech firms, however, only have
about 12 percent of the executive cadre and only 8 percent of the board membership who are of Asian
There are some dramatic exceptions obviously. Solectron CEO Koishi Nishimura is one, Vinod
Khosla, a co-founder of Sun Microsystems is another; Nvidia’s Jen Hsun Huang and Adobe’s Shantanu
Narayan are there as well. Everyone can probably add others, but the total percentages tell a far different
Buck Gee, a former Cisco Systems vice president, and Vish Mishra, a major venture capitalist, are
especially aware of this, citing surveys which show that 70 to 80 percent of Asian-Americans polled feel
disadvantaged in workplace promotion.
They are busy developing leadership training at Stanford’s Business School. Another reason all of us
should be concerned is that many brilliant Asian-Americans now head back to their original homelands
to start ventures that could help our economy.
The problem also goes to college admissions at some of our top public and private universities
highlighted in a 2012 study by political activist Ron Unz. In 1980, only 5 percent of the Harvard student
body was Asian-American. It climbed steadily until it hit 20 percent in 1993. Subtle changes in admission
practices soon brought that down to 16 percent even though the number of highly qualified Asian
admission candidates continued to rise. The “magical” 16 percent seems to have been rigidly evident
for the past 15 years. The implication that must be drawn is that a quota system of sorts has been
imposed but never admitted. Admissions officers instead use subjective criteria like “uniqueness” or
“individuality” so that the total class will be wide-ranging and not just high achievers in hard sciences
The U.S. Supreme Court has been placing restraints on universities who attempted to impose quota
systems that tried to bring more African-American and Latino students onto the campus. It would seem
that the current approach to limiting Asian-Americans is simply the other side of the same coin.
Carolyn Chen, a professor at Northwestern, recently wrote a thought-provoking piece in the New York
Times. It was headlined “Asians: too smart for their own good?” Her thesis is that the kinds of implicit
quota systems pursued by the universities influence what kind of America we will become. If our most
renowned schools set quota limits on high achieving Asian-American high school graduates, we are
sending a message that hard work and good grades may be a fool’s errand.
Chen’s message also emphasized that we still do need affirmative action for minorities, who are
under represented at our best schools. But when it comes to white and Asian-American students the
playing field should be level.
And really, would it be so wrong if we actually did have a meritocracy in college admissions as well
as in later life and careers?
1/11/13 kvue.com: “Austin home to growing Asian-American population,”
by Quita Culpepper
Austin – In Travis County, the Asian population stands at 6.8 percent. That’s far more than the
national 4.2 percent.
1/8/13 New York Times: “As Asian-Americansï¿½ Numbers Grow, So Does Their Philanthropy;
A new class of affluent Asian-Americans is making a mark on philanthropy in the United States”
by Kirk Semple
About 800 people gathered in November in a ballroom in Midtown Manhattan for one of the yearï¿½s
more elegant galas. They dined on beef tenderloin with truffle butter, bid on ski and golf vacations in
a charity auction, and gave more than $1 million to a nonprofit group based in New York.
But this was not an old-money event. The donors were largely Korean immigrants and their children.
Members of a new class of affluent Asian-Americans, many of whom have benefited from booms
in finance and technology, are making their mark on philanthropy in the United States. They are
donating large sums to groups focused on their own diasporas or their homelands, like the
organization that held the fund-raiser, the Korean American Community Foundation.
1/8/13 Washington Examiner: “Shawn Steel: Republicans can win over Asian voters, if they try”
Shawn Steel, California’s National Republican Committeeman, and a former chairman of the
California Republican Party writes:
In the wake of Mitt Romney’s narrow loss to President Obama, much has been said about improving
Republican outreach to Hispanic voters. While that is true and necessary, there is another neglected voter
demographic with whom the GOP can make more immediate and significant headway: Asian-Pacific
In a national election decided by 4 points or less, tiny pools of voters are crucial. Asians are
America’s fastest-growing immigrant community, and Asian voters constitute 2 percent to 7 percent of
registered voters in half of the traditional 10 swing states. This isn’t exactly classified information, yet
Team Romney seemed oblivious to it.
Shared conservative values make Asians the best potential citizens for rapid integration into the
Economic achievement makes Asians the immigrant group most rapidly assimilated into the middle
class in U.S. history.
Asian-Americans enjoy longer marriages and have fewer children out of wedlock, and their families are
more intact than the general population’s.
First-generation Asian-American voters generally distrust government due to experience in their
homelands, where bribery was the local currency for getting permits and permission. Generally speaking,
they frown on government regulation of their businesses. The GOP is the middle-class party, and Asians
would feel more welcome if properly engaged.
Dear Friends, Distinguished Members of the Higher Education Media and Equal Rights Groups,
I am writing to you regarding the serious violation of equal protection, injustice, and discrimination
inflicted by racial preference policies, in particular affirmative action in college admissions, which almost
every college-bound Asian American student is confronted with today. They need your help!
America is poised to become a majority-minority nation. In fact, several states have crossed that line.
Based on the current demographic shift shown in Census data, by 2043 or sooner, itï¿½s projected the
whole country will become a majority-minority nation. Furthermore, the changing national demographics
helped President Obama win two elections. Nobody could argue that President Obamaï¿½s 2008 win is an
anomaly. Today, not only do minorities hold key positions in all 3 branches of the Federal government but
also many of them are successful leaders in business, sports, academia, and news media. (Deval Patrick
is the governor of my state and Setti Warren is the major of my city ï¿½ enough said.) The critical mass is
As minorities gain in population and political power nationally, racial preferences given to particular
groups are likely to come under fire and scrutiny from public opinions and the judicial courts, if not already.
Increasingly, racial preference affirmative action is an inadequate tool against inequality and in fact is now
causing more injustice and inequality problems than it is intended to solve. Can you imagine a race-based
preference for Asian athletes in the NBA or the NFL? (See article ï¿½What If the NBA Had Quotasï¿½)
It is unfortunate that many American universities and colleges, including prestigious private and public
institutions that educate our future leaders, are doing exactly that – secretly and illegally practicing social
engineering using racial preference, quota, or race-based point system in their admission process.
The evidence of these widespread practices and the discrimination against Asian American students is
overwhelming and has been extensively documented (more on this later). Moreover, historical college
admission data and comparative statistical analyses clearly show that discrimination against Asian
American students is systematic and institutionalized in most Ivy League universities, including Harvard,
Princeton, and Yale, as well as many public universities, including Univ. of Texas, Univ. of Michigan,
Univ. of Oklahoma, Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison, Univ. of Nebraska, Univ. of Arizona, Arizona State Univ.,
Miami Univ., and Ohio State Univ. As a result, numerous lawsuits and complaints were filed against
many of these universities by students of several races in the past decades.
College and university admission process is complex and multifaceted. And nobody doubts there are
many criteria to assess a studentï¿½s aptitude, capabilities, and characters across many dimensions, such
as academic merits, socioeconomic status, community service, personal drive and aspiration, citizenship,
etc. But, in this day and age, we should not believe that race is one. A studentï¿½s race has nothing to do
with his or her qualifications. Race conscious affirmative action is nothing but a form of racial discrimination
and self-righteous social engineering.
Inspired by a powerful research paper (See article ï¿½The Myth of American Meritocracyï¿½), and at the
same time, disappointed by the silence of many rights groups and the lack of voice in Asian American
community concerning the hardship and discrimination faced by many Asian American students, I started
a virtual community on Facebook – Asian Americans Against Affirmative Action (AAAAA). AAAAA intends
to promote racial equality and social justice through equal access, personal responsibilities, and
colorblind or race-neutral policies. AAAAA is against race-based admission policy which is now widely
adopted in many higher institutions.
The AAAAA Facebook page has a wealth of information on the topic of affirmative action including
an exhaustive collection of historic events, important court cases, interviews of intellectuals, reviews,
debates, articles by subject matter experts, books by prominent scholars, reports, commentaries,
op-eds, and many links to blogs, videos. I hope you find it resourceful and informative.
If you donï¿½t want to live a society where our children are afraid of telling their race or ethnicity to
colleges (See article ï¿½I am not Asianï¿½), if you donï¿½t want to live in a society where racial preference is
given to one group or groups over others, if you donï¿½t want to live in a society where our nationï¿½s most
prestigious universities consciously social-engineer our future, then race-based affirmative action must
be defeated and outlawed by the highest court and by every state. In fact, 7 states – Arizona, California,
Florida, Michigan, Nebraska, New Hampshire and Washington – have banned racial preferences in
I encourage to you speak out and write more on this subject. Also please support the initiative by
visiting and liking the AAAAA Facebook page and forwarding this message to your friends, colleagues,
family members and ask them to support as well.
We invite people of all races, not just Asian Americans, to join the fight for racial equality and justice.
Together, we can raise the public awareness, influence policy makers, and work towards abolishing
the race-based affirmative action policy once and for all.
Asian Americans Against Affirmative Action (AAAAA)
Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/AgainstAA
1/3/13 press release: “Civil Rights Organization Files Brief Asking Supreme Court to Uphold Equality:
New Civil Rights Org – Founded by Jennifer Gratz – Fights to Uphold Michigan Civil Rights Initiative”
National ï¿½ Over six years ago Michigan voters overwhelmingly passed the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative
(MCRI) and made it unconstitutional for the state to discriminate against, or grant preferential treatment to,
any group or individual on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity or national origin. On Nov. 15, 2012, in a
ruling that defied logic, eight federal judges on the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals struck the initiative down
– claiming equality violates the 14th (XIV) Amendment of the Constitution.
Immediately following the ruling Jennifer Gratz co-founded the XIV Foundation to continue to fight for
equality for all people.
ï¿½Much progress has been made over the past 15 years in challenging the discriminatory policies that
are errantly described as ï¿½affirmative actionï¿½ policies,ï¿½ Gratz stated. ï¿½Eight judges put this progress at
risk when they decided to overturn MCRI and the will of over 2.1 million Michigan voters who chose
equality over discrimination.ï¿½
XIV has taken the lead in coordinating MCRIï¿½s legal defense and amicus filings at the U.S. Supreme
Court. The organization recently filed an amicus brief (attached) supporting Michigan Attorney General
Bill Schuette’s request that the U.S. Supreme Court reverse the 6th Circuit’s decision.
Signatories to the amicus include:
ï¿½ Larry Arnn – President, Hillsdale College; Founding Chairman, California Civil Rights Initiative
ï¿½ Glynn Custred ï¿½ Author, California Civil Rights Initiative
ï¿½ Rachel Alexander ï¿½ Chairman, Arizona Civil Rights Initiative
ï¿½ Marc Schniederjans ï¿½ Chairman, Nebraska Civil Rights Initiative
ï¿½ Leon Drolet ï¿½ Chairman, Michigan Civil Rights Initiative
ï¿½ Representative Gary Hopper ï¿½ State Representative, New Hampshire; Sponsor of the New
Hampshire Civil Rights Initiative
ï¿½ Representative Pete Lund ï¿½ State Representative, Michigan
ï¿½ Senator Joe Hune ï¿½ State Senator, Michigan
ï¿½ Senator Dave Robertson ï¿½ State Senator, Michigan
In light of the fact that the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has twice upheld a constitutional amendment
in California that has the exact same language as MCRI, the XIV brief argues that ï¿½lower courts need
firm, clear directionï¿½ on this issue. ï¿½Without such clarity,ï¿½ XIV insists, ï¿½States and federal courts will
continue to struggle with race and gender equity and, in so doing, stymie citizen-led progress toward
In addition to defending MCRI, the XIV Foundation is dedicated to teaching the personal and
societal advantages of fair and equal treatment by telling the untold, personal stories of those
harmed by discriminatory policies.
Contact: Jennifer Gratz
1/3/13 Northwest Asian Weekly: “The Top 10 Outstanding Asian American Achievements of 2012,”
By Nina Huang
Each year, certain people are recognized for the extraordinary things that they have accomplished
in the Asian American communities. Here are 10 of those people from 2012.
1/3/13 Asian Fortune News: “Why Donï¿½t Asian Americans Own Guns?”
by Mary Tablante
Falls Church, VAï¿½After the Newtown tragedy last month, Mai Le, a petite 52-year-old originally
from Vietnam, was frightened. Now living in Springfield, Va, she never felt threatened by gun violence
before, but suddenly felt an urgent need to learn to defend herself.
1/2/13 Nature: “Asian researchers and engineers are too rarely made US science leaders,”
by Lilian Gomory Wu & Wei Jing
In 2009, Asians ï¿½ defined as people from the Far East, southeast Asia and the Indian subcontinent ï¿½
made up 78% of doctoral recipients with temporary visas who were planning to work in the United States.
Across all sectors, Asians in US science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers are not
reaching leadership positions at the same rate as white people, or even as members of other
In academia, just 42% of Asian men are tenured, compared with 58% of white men, 49% of black men
and 50% of Hispanic men. Just 21% of Asian women in academia are tenured, the lowest proportion for
any ethnicity or gender. They are also least likely to be promoted to full professor.
The industrial and federal workforces reflect similar numbers. Asian men are doing better than Asian
women in reaching managerial positions in industry, but their numbers are lower than those for men of
other races and ethnicities. Just 4% of Asian women in industry and 28% in the federal workforce hold
managerial positions, again the smallest percentage for any ethnicity or gender.
Asians are almost absent at the very top of US companies. The company Leadership Education for
Asian Pacifics, based in Los Angeles, California, reported in 2010 that there were just ten Asians or
Pacific Islanders among the chairs, presidents and chief executives of the 500 biggest US firms; only
three of them were women.
Why the disparity? It may be down to cultural behaviors, and Western interpretation of these behaviors.
Asians are often stereotyped as a ‘model minority’: hardworking and patient, family oriented, good at
math and science and having a strong work ethic, but also humble, non-confrontational and lacking the
passion to be charismatic leaders. Worse yet, a work group of the US government’s Equal Employment
Opportunity Commission reports that Asians are often perceived as ‘forever foreign’, which can affect
how others assess their ability to communicate, their competence and, more importantly, their
Good leadership has a cultural dimension. In east Asia, for example, effective leadership is measured
by what managers do rather than by what they say, no matter how passionately they speak. A manager
in charge of bringing out a product there would work day and night to get it out on time and free of defects.
Communication skills are generally less important in this model. The idea in the United States that east
Asians lack passion and opinions comes from cultural perceptions of their behavior: in discussions,
east Asians tend to respond slowly, taking time to listen to what is being said and thus giving the
appearance to Americans that they are not engaged, are passive and have no opinion. These differences
can easily lead to unintended biases.
The problem may go beyond verbal communication. Grant applications to the US National Science
Foundation from Asian principal investigators between 2004 and 2011 have been consistently funded
in lower proportions than those from black, Hispanic and white principal investigators, which suggests
that differences in writing styles may lead to biases. For example, east Asians’ humble demeanor could
cause them to describe the implications of their research in modest terms, which might bring them lower
ratings from reviewers.
For full story, see
1/2/13 Philadelphia Inquirer: “ICYMI: Do Asian Americans count as “diverse”?”
by Matt Katz
In Case You Missed It, in today’s paper I looked at how the definition of “diversity” among segments of
the Democratic base is now limited to Latinos and African Americans — at least when it comes to Christie’s
Supreme Court picks:
New Jersey Democrats have long argued that they would approve only “diverse” nominees to the state
Supreme Court. But now, as liberal opposition builds against Gov. Christie’s most recent picks, the
definition of diverse appears to be changing.
One of the two nominees, Monmouth County Superior Court Judge David Bauman, was born in Japan to
a Japanese mother and would be the first Asian American on the high court.
Yet the Legislature’s black caucus, the state Latino Action Network, and a broad coalition of more than
50 groups, including teachers’ unions and Planned Parenthood, are opposing Bauman and the other
nominee, Robert Hanna, who is white, primarily because they would not make the court more diverse –
and specifically, because they’re not African American or Latino.
1/2/13 Los Angeles Times: “New rule makes residency easier for immigrants with U.S. kin; An Obama
administration executive order makes it easier for illegal immigrants to obtain permanent residency
if they have immediate relatives who are U.S. citizens,”
by Brian Bennett
Washington ï¿½ Illegal immigrants who are immediate relatives of American citizens will have an easier
path to permanent residency under a new Obama administration rule that could affect as many as 1 million
of the estimated 11 million people unlawfully in the United States.
1/1/13 Daily Mail: “Asian-American teen sues ‘racist’ police after being locked in a freezing van for
15 hours without food and water”
A teenage boy who was locked in a police van along with four friends for 15 hours without food or
water is suing the Fort Lee Police Department in Newark, including its chief and 19 police officers.