DEAN OF THE COLUMBO J-SCHOOL: Passionate and profane, K.W. Lee fights on at 90

By STEPHEN MAGAGNINI Special to the Nichi Bei Weekly RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif. — The man with nine lives has made his last stand in his bunker in Rancho Cordova, a pale green house filled with “a tsunami of boxes,” more than 100 cartons representing a fierce lifetime struggle for underdogs from Seoul to Sacramento, Mexico […]

Political parties ignore API vote at their peril

In Orange County, California, home to Little Saigon and the largest Vietnamese American population outside of Vietnam, a whopping 19 Vietnamese American candidates are vying for 20 open seats this November. For the community, ethnic loyalties are helping to galvanize an electorate largely ignored by Republicans and Democrats alike. It’s a pattern playing out in […]

Why candidates shouldn’t ignore Asian American voters

Asians and Pacific Islanders (APIs) are a fast-growing population and as a voting bloc, their numbers have nearly doubled since 2000, but political candidates continue to ignore them, according to a new study. APIs are the fastest growing population in the United States, having outpaced Hispanic growth in 2012. In terms of political power, the […]

Daphne Kwok now Obama’s ‘Eyes and Ears’ of the Asian American Community

President Obama has picked Daphne Kwok of San Francisco to chair the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, a job that carries the responsibility of “being the eyes and ears of the community,” as Kwok puts it. The 48-year-old Chinese American will continue to stay in her current job as executive director […]

BOOK REVIEW: Lone Star State Asians, a rich and varied history

ASIAN TEXANS: OUR HISTORIES AND OUR LIVES Edited By Irwin A. Tang (Austin, Texas: The It Works, 2008, 416 pp., $35, hardcover) Who would ever have thought that there were one million persons of Asian ancestry living in Texas? Or that they have had such a stunningly rich and varied history? Well, pardner, this is […]

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