Japanese Americans, APAs win elected office

A number of Japanese Americans and Asian Pacific Americans won their races in the Nov. 8 Midterm Elections. What follows is a sampling of the winning candidates, or those projected to win. Federal Office: U.S. Senate: Tammy Duckworth (D-Illinois) U.S. House of Representatives: Rep. Doris Matsui (D-Sacramento, Calif.) Rep. Mark Takano (D-Riverside, Calif.) Rep. Ro […]

San Jose Spotlight: Silicon Valley leaders condemn race-baiting election ads

Community groups and leaders in Santa Clara County are speaking out against attack ads using race-baiting tactics to pit one minority group against another. Groups including the Asian Law Alliance, San Jose/Silicon Valley NAACP, SOMOS Mayfair and Black Leadership Kitchen Cabinet rallied in front of San Jose City Hall Nov. 2 to condemn racist dog […]

David Kakishiba and EBAYC: Community-based programs to help youth

David Kakishiba has spent 42 years working with the East Bay Asian Youth Center, better known by their acronym EBAYC. While the organization has evolved to suit its constituents’ needs, Kakishiba’s mission has remained unchanged since he first joined the organization in 1980. His community advocacy efforts creating healthy environments for youth has informed his […]

Anti-U.S. base incumbent Tamaki secures 2nd term as Okinawa governor

NAHA, Japan  — Okinawa Gov. Denny Tamaki won a second four-year-term following Sept. 11’s gubernatorial election, obtaining a renewed mandate for his efforts to discontinue a plan to relocate a U.S. base within the island prefecture. Opposition-backed Tamaki defeated former Ginowan Mayor Atsushi Sakima, 58, who was supported by the ruling coalition of the Liberal […]

Survey polls Asian American voters on economy, gun control, education, vote choice and more

WASHINGTON — Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote, AAPI Data and Asian Americans Advancing Justice – AAJC released their biannual report measuring Asian American sentiment and attitudes on the issues “top of mind” in the lead-up to the 2022 midterm elections, the organizations said in a statement July 25. The organizations surveyed 1,610 registered Asian American […]

4 running to fill Wilma Chan’s seat on Alameda County board of supervisors

Four people are running to fill a seat on the Alameda County Board of Supervisors that became vacant following the death of Supervisor Wilma Chan. Chan’s former chief of staff David Brown is serving as supervisor for her district until the election is held. The Alameda County Taxpayer’s Association has mounted a challenge to the […]

First Cambodian American mayor in U.S. takes office

BOSTON — A refugee who survived the Khmer Rouge’s brutal rule has become the first Cambodian American mayor in the United States. Sokhary Chau, a city councilor in Lowell, Massachusetts, was unanimously picked by his council peers to assume the legislative body’s top post on Jan. 3. He also became the city’s first Asian American […]

Michelle Wu sworn in as Boston’s first woman elected mayor

BOSTON — Michelle Wu was sworn in Nov. 16 as Boston’s first woman and first person of color elected mayor in the city’s long history. The swearing-in of the city’s first Asian American mayor came two weeks after Wu won the city’s mayoral election. Before Wu, Boston had elected only white men as mayor. “City […]

Mayoral wins mark milestone for Asian Americans

Asian Americans will serve as mayor in Boston and Cincinnati for the first time in both cities’ histories, signaling political progress for a population that has struggled for almost two years with a rise in anti-Asian hate. Boston voters tapped City Councilor Michelle Wu, 36, on Nov. 2 to serve in the city’s top political […]

Boston getting mayor of color as Wu, Essaibi George advance

BOSTON — For the first time in 200 years, Boston voters have narrowed the field of mayoral candidates to two women of color who will face off against each other in November. City Councilors Michelle Wu and Annissa Essaibi George topped the five-person race in the Sept. 14 preliminary runoff. They bested acting Mayor Kim […]

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