C(API)TOL CORRESPONDENT: AAPI political power on the rise in face of new threats

A few rays of hope for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders penetrated the dark shadow cast by hate crimes and the resurrection of the white supremacy movement following the presidential election in November. AAPI candidates won a historic number of races and broke new ground in communities where AAPI elected officials are few and far […]

S.F. celebrates innovators and a decade of Asian Pacific American heritage

With the trumpeting of a conch shell horn, San Francisco’s Asian Pacific American Heritage Month celebration held its 10th annual awards ceremony May 5, lauding three innovators in the Bay Area’s Asian Pacific Islander American communities. The ceremony and reception, held in the Metreon building’s City View, in downtown San Francisco, celebrated the start of […]

A comprehensive and complex look at multiethnic Asian American identities

WHEN HALF IS WHOLE: MULTIETHNIC ASIAN AMERICAN IDENTITIES By Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu (Palo Alto, Calif.: Stanford University Press, 2012, 248 pp., $21.95, paperback) The whole spectrum of the mixed race, multiethnic Asian American experience could never be contained in a single book. That said, Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu’s new book, “When Half is Whole,” comes pretty close (without […]

One family’s take on ‘the civil rights issue of our time’

TWO SPIRITS, ONE HEART: A MOTHER, HER TRANSGENDER SON, AND THEIR JOURNEY TO LOVE AND ACCEPTANCE By Marsha Aizumi (Arcadia, Calif.: Peony Press: 290 pp., $16.95 hard cover) Marsha Aizumi’s book, “Two Spirits, One Heart,” is a memoir about her experience as the mother of a child who comes out as a lesbian, then transitioned […]

Nikkei of the Year: Continuing the Japanese American legacy in Congress

The death of Hawai‘i political icon Daniel K. Inouye marks the passing of an era. There are no longer any sitting Japanese American members of Congress who worked on the landmark Civil Liberties Act of 1988, which won redress and reparations for persons of Japanese descent deprived of civil liberties during World War II. The […]

Hawai‘i political icon Sen. Inouye, third in line of presidency, dies at 88

A decorated World War II veteran, Sen. Daniel K. Inouye, died Dec. 17. He was 88. Hawai‘i’s most senior politician passed away from respiratory complications at 5:01 p.m. Eastern Standard Time at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., his office said in a statement issued Dec. 17. According to the statement, […]

Asian American media group criticizes use of yellowface in ‘Cloud Atlas’

LOS ANGELES — The Media Action Network for Asian Americans has released a statement criticizing the new Warner Brothers film, “Cloud Atlas,” which it said has been promoted as “artistically groundbreaking because its actors swap racial and sexual identities — as business-as-usual in its exclusion and offensive yellow-faced renditions of Asian people.” The multi-ethnic epic […]

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 […]

San Jose arts group honors co-founder

SAN JOSE — Community members, politicians, artists and arts advocates honored Jerry Hiura, a Japantown dentist whose passion for the arts, fine and otherwise, has led him to lead arts commissions and councils, chair arts committees, and help found a nonprofit organization that brings Asian American artists, theater and films to a San Jose audience. […]

Study: 1 in 3 Asian American voters undecided

WASHINGTON — Asian Americans have been trending Democratic in their voting patterns but remain highly independent in party allegiances, according to a newly released survey. In 1992, less than one-third of Asian Americans for the Democratic presidential candidate but more than two-thirds voted for Obama in 2008. Today, 33 percent now identify themselves as Democrats, […]

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