REP. MARK TAKAI: On predecessors and future of Asian Americans in national politics

Freshman congressman Rep. Mark Takai is a 48-year-old veteran and father of two. Born on Oahu and a graduate of the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa, Takai was first elected to the Hawai‘i State Legislature in 1994. He  worked with the late Rep. Patsy Mink and Sen. Daniel Inouye. He has served in the Hawaii […]

JACL criticizes Trump and Bush’s comments on Asians

The Japanese American Citizens League issued a statement Aug. 27 responding to recent remarks Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump and Jeb Bush have made regarding Asians. Bush responded on Aug. 24 to critiques of his previous use of the term “anchor babies” when referring to children of undocumented immigrants who are born in the United […]

Yee pleads guilty and admits accepting $34,600 in bribes

Former state Sen. Leland Yee pleaded guilty in federal court in San Francisco July 1 to one count of participating in a racketeering conspiracy to accept campaign contributions as bribes for political favors. Yee, 67, a Democrat who formerly represented western San Francisco and most of San Mateo County, entered the plea to one count […]

Furutani announces CA Senate bid

Warren Furutani is running for state Senate, a statement issued May 2 said. He is running for the 35th Senate District, which encompasses the cities and communities of San Pedro, Wilmington, Carson and West Carson, Torrance, the Harbor Gateway, Gardena, Moneta, Compton, Watts, Lennox, Lawndale, Inglewood and Hawthorne in Southern California. According to the statement, […]

Former official sentenced to community service for campaign fraud

SAN JOSE — Former Santa Clara County Supervisor George Shirakawa Jr. was sentenced to 45 days of community service April 3 for sending out phony campaign mailers in a scheme to damage a 2010 San Jose City Council candidate’s reputation among Vietnamese American voters. Shirakawa’s sentence also includes three years of probation, although prosecutors say […]

Tammy Duckworth to pursue Senate seat in Illinois

Rep. Tammy Duckworth of the eighth district of Illinois announced March 30 her candidacy for U.S. Senate. Duckworth, who is currently serving her second term in Congress, is an immigrant from Thailand with a father who was a U.S. Marine. In 2004, while serving in Iraq as a Blackhawk helicopter pilot, she was shot down […]

Former Assemblymember Yamada announce state Senate bid

DAVIS, Calif. — Former California state Assemblymember Mariko Yamada on March 14 formally began her 2016 campaign for state Senate to represent the 3rd District, comprised of Solano and Napa counties, and portions of Contra Costa, Sacramento, Sonoma and Yolo counties. Yamada, a professional social worker and former Yolo County Supervisor, enters the race with […]

Ex-Supe Shirakawa pleads no contest to false impersonation charges

SAN JOSE —  Former Santa Clara County Supervisor George Shirakawa Feb. 23 pleaded no contest to falsely impersonating a 2010 campaign committee and will be sentenced to community service if he submits a statement explaining his role in the crime, a prosecutor said Feb. 24. Shirakawa’s plea came during a hearing late in the afternoon […]

Yee pleads not guilty to revised indictment with new charges

Former state Sen. Leland Yee pleaded not guilty in federal court in San Francisco Feb. 5 to a revised indictment that adds two money-laundering conspiracy counts to existing charges of corruption and plotting to smuggle weapons from the Philippines. Yee, D-San Francisco/San Mateo, is due to go on trial along with three other men in […]

Murase elected first JA president of S.F. School Board

Emily Murase wears a number of hats in San Francisco. She is executive director of San Francisco’s Department on the Status of Women, the first Japanese American to serve as San Francisco Unified School District’s board president and a mother of two. Her father, Kenji Murase, was among the first parents to help create the […]

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