APAs gain seats on election day

Several Asian Pacific Americans won their bids for political office during the Nov. 7 election. Ravi Bhalla was elected as mayor of Hoboken, N.J. according to NJ.com. Bhalla faced discrimination attacking him for his Sikh faith during the campaign. Similarly, Jerry Shi and Falguni Patel also won seats to the Edison, N.J. school board despite […]

DUAL BATTLES: Mountain View City Councilwoman fought cancer during campaign

Mountain View City Councilmember Margaret Abe-Koga discovered her competitive streak while practicing kendo as a middle schooler. “I’m of the belief that the best offense is a strong defense,” she says, recalling how the martial art taught her to “read” her opponents and anticipate their next move. As an adult, she took that outlook to […]

Harvard student hopes to empower youth through political leadership

At 19 years old, Nadya Okamoto has already founded an international organization that supports women’s menstruation health and a nonpartisan civic engagement platform for youth in the United States. A freshman at Harvard, she is interested in focusing on government and women and gender studies. Her latest foray is running for Cambridge City Council in […]

City sued over voting rights, citing discrimination against Asians

A retired social worker filed a lawsuit against the city of Santa Clara March 30, citing that the city’s at-large election system has prevented Asian Americans from being elected to City Council despite a 38 percent Asian minority population in the city. “Something is wrong when such a sizeable Asian American population cannot elect candidates […]

Mike Honda is our Nikkei of the Year

Mike Honda has had a long and storied career in public service, which started with the Peace Corps in El Salvador to his steady rise up from a teacher, principal, member of the San Jose Planning Commission, San Jose Unified School Board and the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors. He was elected to the […]

C(API)TOL CORRESPONDENT: AAPI political power on the rise in face of new threats

A few rays of hope for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders penetrated the dark shadow cast by hate crimes and the resurrection of the white supremacy movement following the presidential election in November. AAPI candidates won a historic number of races and broke new ground in communities where AAPI elected officials are few and far […]

Little Tokyo community discusses concerns and fears about Trump

LOS ANGELES — Japanese Americans and friends gathered for a meeting held at the Japanese American National Museum Nov. 13 to discuss their concerns and fears about how President-elect Donald Trump and his administration might affect the nation and this community. Bill Watanabe, retired executive director of the Little Tokyo Service Center, revealed to the […]

Honda loses to Khanna in second contest for 17th Congressional District seat

A longtime South Bay congressional leader is losing his seat to a newcomer in their second contest against each other in the Nov. 8 general election. Rep. Mike Honda has lost the 17th Congressional District seat he’s held for 16 years to attorney Ro Khanna, who led the race about 60 percent to 40 percent, […]

Elections round-up

According to the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies the United States will have a total of 143 Asian Pacific American leaders following the Nov. 8 elections. All races were referenced by APAICS and statistics were taken from respective election boards unless noted otherwise. Congressional Seats In the United States Senate, Kamala Harris won […]

Transgender Americans are terrified of Trump

Those who have seen me reporting for the paper may have noticed over the last four months that I am a transgender woman. I did not explicitly advertise this fact, given that my gender does not matter when I’m working on an assignment. The stories I write, after all, are not about me. However, with […]

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