California elects 25-year-old lawmaker, youngest in 82 years

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California has elected its youngest state lawmaker in more than eight decades, elevating a 25-year-old progressive Democrat who already has years of legislative experience to the state Assembly. Alex Lee survived a crowded nine-candidate primary election in March, then trounced his Republican rival by winning 73% of the vote in a […]

Asian Americans hope for more inclusive society under Biden

TOKYO — With U.S. President Donald Trump repeatedly calling the novel coronavirus the “Chinese virus,” many Asian Americans have been exposed to adverse experiences because of their race or ethnicity. But now that Democrat Joe Biden has beaten the Republican president in the Nov. 3 White House election, they are hoping the incoming administration will […]

Steel wins hotly contested OC congressional race

SANTA ANA, Calif. — The Republican Party reclaimed at least one congressional seat in Orange County Nov. 10, with first-term Democratic Rep. Harley Rouda conceding defeat to Michelle Steel in the closely contested race in the 48th District. With vote-counting continuing from the Nov. 3 election, Steel – the chairwoman of the Orange County Board […]

Republican Kim headed to Congress

SANTA ANA, Calif. (City News Service) — Former Assemblywoman Young Kim will be among two Republican House members from Orange County, both female immigrants from South Korea, when the 117th Congress convenes in January. When Kim is sworn in she will join Republican Michelle Steel and Marilyn Strickland, D-Washington, as the first Korean American women […]

Asian American and Pacific Islander election roundup

The Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies reported that more than 300 Asian American and Pacific Islander candidates ran for public office in the Nov. 3 elections. The following results came from the California Secretary of State’s Website, unless otherwise noted. In the U.S. House of Representatives, California Asian American and Pacific Islander politicians […]

Harris’ VP run could draw more Asian Americans to Biden

TOKYO — The political influence of Asian Americans continues to grow in the United States and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s pick of Sen. Kamala Harris, a woman of Asian and African descent, as his running mate for the Nov. 3 election is perhaps the most notable evidence of the trend. According to the Pew […]

Suga elected Japan PM as Abe era ends, forms continuity Cabinet

TOKYO — Yoshihide Suga was elected Japan’s prime minister by parliament on Sept. 16, with the country’s first new leader in nearly eight years forming a Cabinet filled with familiar faces as he vows to stay the course set by his predecessor Shinzo Abe. For Suga, who became chief of the Liberal Democratic Party earlier […]

Docuseries offers fresh look at Asian American experience

“Asian Americans,” a five-hour film series chronicling the contributions and challenges of the fastest-growing ethnic group in America, is being shown this month on PBS during Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. Personal histories and new academic research cast a fresh lens on U.S. history and the role Asian Americans have played in it. Renee Tajima-Peña, […]

Abe-Koga, Kamei become Mountain View mayor and vice mayor

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — On Jan. 7, newly elected Mayor Margaret Abe-Koga and Vice Mayor Ellen Kamei likely became the first women of Japanese descent to hold the top two elected offices in any city in the continental United States. “It’s certainly a huge source of pride for me,” Abe-Koga said in a phone interview […]

OPINION: Donald Trump: a disruptive president

Traditionally, American presidents have governed with dignity and a strong sense of national purpose and international responsibility. Since his election in 2016, however, Donald Trump has debased the dignity and decorum of the presidency. Every day, over the past three years, he has trampled on the principles and practices of democratic governance. He caters to […]

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