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 […]

EQUITY RIPPLES: Diversity of elected officials lags behind population changes

The Bay Area is one of the most diverse regions in the country and is widely seen as a hotbed of progressive politics, but in the land of Kamala Harris, Ro Khanna and London Breed, it is still a region where white men hold the largest chunk of political power at the local level. While […]

We need unity, diplomacy to counter war and climate change: Gabbard

Editor’s Note: Second in a series of ethnic media conversations with the 2020 presidential candidates In a teleconference with members of the ethnic press from across the country on Aug. 2, Democratic candidate for president Tulsi Gabbard, congresswoman from Hawai‘i, introduced herself as a product of the country’s only majority-minority state, then commented that it […]

Andrew Yang brings presidential campaign to ethnic media

On Tuesday, July 23, Andrew Yang became the first presidential candidate to participate in a teleconference with ethnic media reporters, organized by Ethnic Media Services. Pleased to be offered a bubble tea as he sat down at a dais, Yang greeted about four dozen ethnic media representatives by noting how his own parents, after immigrating […]

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 […]

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