C(API)tol Correspondent

C(API)TOL CORRESPONDENT: Historic Election Day signals growing power of AAPIs

Asian American Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) have seen many firsts in recent years. The first Chinese American woman elected to Congress, the first Chinese American mayor of Oakland, Calif. and the first Chinese American to be appointed to mayor in San Francisco. As significant as these milestones were, doubts remained whether AAPIs had truly arrived as an American […]

C(API)TOL CORRESPONDENT: Monster APA campaigns set to battle it out in the City

San Francisco’s mayoral race has turned into a Toho Studios version of “All Monsters Attack” with a bevy of political heavyweights poised for a no-holds-barred “Battle Royale” that includes the most impressive lineup of Asian Pacific American (APA) candidates in the history of the 7×7 mile city. The list includes State Senator Leland Yee, Interim […]

C(API)TOL CORRESPONDENT: APIs make history in elections

Without question, the dominating ethnic story of the 2010 elections was how Nicky Diaz and Latino voters handed billionaire Meg Whitman a stunning loss in the gubernatorial race. The less obvious but significantly interesting back story is about the continued rise of Asian Pacific Islanders (APIs) in politics. APIs represent the second largest ethnic voter […]

C(API)TOL CORRESPONDENT: New Year Ushers New Frontier for APIs in Politics

The New Year always brings new challenges and triumphs. A decade ago, assemblymembers George Nakano, Wilma Chan and Carol Liu established the Asian Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus. Today, the caucus has grown to 11 members and three constitutional officers. Over the last 10 years, the API community has worked successfully to recruit and elect qualified […]

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