Trump effect: Mid-terms a turning point for Asian American voters

The 2018 mid-terms marked the pivotal moment when Asian Americans made a difference — as voters, candidates and historic winners. An Ethnic Media Services survey of Asian American voter turnout and growing involvement in the political process reveals the surging significance of these major ethnic groups’ participation in elections in various states. With a history […]

U.S. base opponent wins Okinawa governor race

NAHA, Japan — Antibase candidate Denny Tamaki, a former opposition lawmaker, won the Okinawa gubernatorial election Sept. 30 in a major setback for the government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, which has been pushing forward with the contentious relocation of a U.S. military facility within the southern prefecture. Tamaki, a 58-year-old radio personality-turned-politician, garnered a […]

Asian American candidates in Calif.

California held its primary elections June 5, resulting in several wins for Asian Americans, while many more were locked out of the November election in the state’s top-two primaries. Congressional Seats Several Asian American hopefuls ran to unseat United States Sen. Dianne Feinstein, but the veteran senator held a healthy lead with 43.8 percent of […]

Antonio Villaraigosa and Asian Americans

Antonio Villaraigosa is the only gubernatorial candidate to demonstrate leadership to the underrepresented people in California. I had the honor and privilege of serving with Antonio during his Speakership in the California State Assembly in 1999 through 2000. During those two years, Asian Americans represented nearly 10 percent of the California population, but less than […]

Board chooses Supervisor Farrell as interim mayor in surprise vote

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted the evening of Jan. 23 to appoint Supervisor Mark Farrell as interim mayor in a move that saw the progressive faction teaming up with a moderate supervisor to prevent Board President London Breed from taking the position after a heated, racially charged debate. The decision drew an angry […]

8 candidates file for SF mayor’s race

A total of eight people filed papers to run for San Francisco’s June 5 mayoral election by the Jan. 9 5 p.m. deadline, but several top city officials who had been expected to run were not among them. Acting Mayor London Breed, Supervisor Jane Kim, former state Senator Mark Leno and former Supervisor Angela Alioto […]

Taking a Stand: Despite battling cancer, Sen. Hirono shines in national spotlight

Editor’s Note: Mazie Hirono made history in 2012, when she became the first elected female senator from Hawai‘i, the first Asian American woman elected to the U.S. Senate, the first U.S. senator born in Japan, and the nation’s first Buddhist senator. In the middle of a turbulent political year, she announced in May 2017 that […]

C(API)TOL CORRESPONDENT: AAPIs are making it to the political playoffs, but can they win the championship?

Strong history-making electoral victories in recent months continue to show that Asian American and Pacific Islanders are not a fly-by-night phenomenon in the political arena. Last month, Manka Dhingra won a heavily-contested state Senate seat in Washington that flipped the chamber to Democratic control. In Virginia, Kathy Tran became the first Vietnamese American elected to […]

RABBIT RAMBLINGS: Do something: A call to action from an 87-year-old activist 


What a tumultuous year we have had. First of all, Feb. 19 was the 75th anniversary of the passage of Executive Order 9066, signed by President Franklin Roosevelt in 1942, which set into motion the program of incarcerating close to 120,000 American Japanese in concentration camps. So this anniversary was observed in many ways. My […]

Edwin Lee remembered fondly as S.F. mayor and activist

News of San Francisco Mayor Edwin Mah Lee’s death spread quickly early the morning of Dec. 12. Lee collapsed while shopping for groceries late Dec. 11 and was rushed to Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital before he was pronounced dead at 1:11 a.m. He was 65. California Sen. Dianne Feinstein eulogized Lee during the Dec. […]

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