Elections round-up

According to the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies the United States will have a total of 143 Asian Pacific American leaders following the Nov. 8 elections. All races were referenced by APAICS and statistics were taken from respective election boards unless noted otherwise. Congressional Seats In the United States Senate, Kamala Harris won […]

Korean Americans faced voting barriers, study finds

NEW YORK — While Asian Americans turned out in record numbers in the 2012 presidential elections, a high number of Korean American voters faced voting problems, according to a new analysis by the Asian American Legal Defense Fund released March 27. The analysis was based on interviews with nearly 1,000 Korean American voters in six […]

TO VOTE TODAY: ‘All the Koreans, over here!’

The failure of state election officials to ensure a level playing field for all voters was amplified on November 6 when Korean Americans at one voting precinct site in Virginia were ordered by poll workers to form a separate line so as not to slow down the process for white voters. The lines were re-integrated […]

Increasingly, new face of Asian American electorate is a Democrat

After the election, media noted that Latino voters helped buoy President Barack Obama to a second term. Largely ignored, however, was the Asian American vote, which exit polls show trumped even Latino support for the president. National exit polls show that more than 70 percent of Asian American voters broke for Obama, and that this […]

Increasing the relevance of minority voters, from an ethnic media perspective

In May 2012, minority newborns began to outnumber their white counterparts in the U.S. But even with an African American president and huge growth of minority populations, why is it we as minorities are still far from exercising the full potential of our political power as voters? Our voter turnout numbers are relatively low because […]

RABBIT RAMBLINGS: We the people have an obligation

I don’t think I need to mention that I am an intense political junkie. I really got hooked on politics after all my research into the history of our incarceration during World War II, with the realization that governments, even in a democracy such as ours, have huge powers over our lives. I also realized […]

Yamaguchi in pro-Romney ad

Kristi Yamaguchi and other fellow Olympic gold medalists appear in a commercial supporting presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, focusing on his role as the head of the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah. The commercial, sponsored by the super-PAC Restore Our Future, features Yamaguchi, 2002 Olympic gold medalists Jimmy Shea (skeleton) and […]

Murase becomes first Japanese American woman elected in SF

Three weeks after the Nov. 2 election, Emily Murase — the executive director of the city’s Department on the Status of Women — overcame an election night deficit to win a seat on the San Francisco Board of Education. The win makes her the first elected Japanese American woman in the city’s history. The final […]

Harris declares victory in California attorney general race

San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris on Nov. 30 declared victory in the race for state attorney general “humbly and with happiness.” She claimed her win at a news conference in Los Angeles, then traveled back to San Francisco for a second news conference and celebration. Harris said she feels “very thankful to the voters […]

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