April 25, 2015

CAPAC Members Recognize Korean American Day

Editor’s Note: The below is a reposting of “CAPAC Members Recognize Korean American Day” from our friends at CAPAC (Facebook, Twitter).

January 11, 2013
Contact: Gene Kim, 202.225.5464

CAPAC Members Recognize Korean American Day

January 13 marks 110 years since the first Korean Immigrants Arrived in the U.S.

Washington, DC – Today, Members of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) released the following statements recognizing January 13th as Korean American Day and celebrating the 110th anniversary of the arrival of the first Korean immigrants to the United States:

Congresswoman Judy Chu (CA-27), CAPAC Chair: “This Sunday, as we recognize Korean American Day, we will be marking the 110th Anniversary of the first Korean immigrants’ arrival to the United States. Since then, Korean Americans have contributed significantly to every facet of our society – they are our neighbors, our colleagues, our servicemen and women, and leaders in business, faith, and civic life. The success of the Korean American community reflects the hard work, opportunity, and multiculturalism that have long defined the driving spirit of our nation.”

Senator Mazie K. Hirono (HI): “On January 13, 1903, more than 100 Korean men, women and children arrived in Honolulu aboard the S.S. Gaelic, marking the first wave of Korean immigration to the United States and its territories. Today, we celebrate Korean American Day on January 13 to recognize the tremendous contributions Korean Americans have made to our country – from business to entertainment, medicine to elected office – since those first families took the risk in search of greater opportunities. Hawaii, and our country as a whole, is a better place because of the contributions our Korean American brothers and sisters have made.”

Congressman Xavier Becerra (CA-34), Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus: “On Korean American Day we celebrate a community whose heritage, talent and spirit have helped America grow and prosper. For more than a century after the arrival of the first Korean immigrants, Korean Americans have made significant economic, cultural, and civic contributions all across the nation, in all walks of life. I am proud to represent such a strong and vibrant Korean American community here in Los Angeles – one that will continue to enrich our diversity and play an important role in America’s success.”

Congressman Mike Honda (CA-17), CAPAC Chair Emeritus: “As we commemorate Korean American Day, I am proud to celebrate and acknowledge the indelible contributions and accomplishments of the Korean American community to the fabric and story of America. One hundred and ten years ago, on January 13, 102 men, women and children traveled from the Korean Peninsula, aboard the S.S. Gaelic, and landed in Hawaii – marking the first entry of Korean immigrants on U.S. shores. Since their arrival, the Korean American community has enriched our nation’s society, culture, economy and arts – becoming the first Asian American to win an Olympic gold medal for the U.S. and male diver to win back-to-back diving gold medals; to serving with distinction in the U.S. Armed Forces during World War I, II and the Korean Conflict, as well in high level posts in our current Administration and judicial seats; while making invaluable strides in entrepreneurship and medicine; and bridging the ties between U.S. and South Korea. I feel a particular sense of family and affection to Korean Americans, and to Korea, where I recently traveled in the past week. And I am especially honored to represent California’s 17th District, where I know Korean Americans have played a critical role in our community and diversity. Today, alongside the nearly two million Korean Americans across our nation, I am honored to celebrate their continued journey.”

Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo: “I am proud to represent a strong Korean American community on Guam that has made many contributions to our local businesses and government. Korean Americans remain integral to our economy and enrich cultural exchanges throughout our country. On this day, we celebrate the invaluable contributions they have made since the arrivals of the first Korean immigrants in 1903.”

Congressman Eni Faleomavaega (AS): “Together with the Korean American community, we celebrate Korean American Day and the 110th anniversary of the first Korean immigrants to the United States. From the first wave of Korean immigrants who arrived in 1903 in Hawai’i, then a U.S. territory, the Korean American community has grown to over 1.7 million people.

“Despite the obstacles faced at a time when Korean immigration was impeded by the Oriental Exclusion Act of 1924, Korean Americans have contributed immeasurably to American society and culture, establishing productive communities throughout our nation. Korean Americans also serve in our armed forces, in public office, and in various positions of authority in our government. Today I especially honor their sacrifice and patriotism as they have made America their home.”

Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13): “As the Representative of California’s 13th District, one of the most culturally rich and diverse in the nation, I am pleased to observe Korean American Day. Korean Americans have long contributed to our nation in every field of endeavor and walk of life and I am pleased to recognize the many invaluable contributions that enrich our culture, boost our economy and strengthen our district, the State of California and our nation.”

Congresswoman Grace Meng (NY-6): “I am proud to join with the Korean American community in celebrating Korean American Day. 110 years ago, the first Korean immigrants to the United States arrived in Hawaii seeking the American dream. Today, Korean Americans represent a vibrant community that has enriched our country’s values, traditions, culture and history. I am honored to represent a strong and vibrant Korean American community in New York, and I salute all of the tremendous contributions that Korean Americans have made to our nation.”

Congressman Joseph Crowley (NY-14): “Korean Americans are an essential part of our neighborhoods, communities, businesses and houses of worship in New York and across America. The Korean American community has made so many positive contributions to our nation, and our society and culture are richer because of it. I’m proud to join my fellow Americans in celebrating this important day.”

Congressman Charles B. Rangel (NY-13): “Since the pioneers have arrived in Honolulu, Hawaii, on January 13, 1903, Koreans have played and continue to serve a vital role in shaping communities throughout our great Nation. Whether in military, education, science, business, sports or the arts, Korean Americans have excelled and shown that the American Dream is alive. I am truly proud of the Korean American community with their strong families and successful businesses, active civic associations, churches, and charities that add to the greatness of our country. Congratulations on your remarkable achievements. I look forward to continuing the friendship I hold so dear. As a Korean War Veteran, Korea and the Korean people will always have a place in my heart.”
Congresswoman Linda T. Sanchez (CA-38): “Korean Americans have played an integral role in enriching our cultural fabric by the contributions they have made to our country. Their values and entrepreneurial spirit have helped grow our country and strengthened our communities. I am proud to represent a large and vibrant Korean American population in my district. I encourage all Americans to join me in recognizing the accomplishments and history of Korean Americans.”
Congressman Adam Schiff (CA-28): “This Sunday is Korean American Day. It is the diversity of our nation that makes us great, fascinating, vibrant and always rejuvenating, and I am pleased to join my constituents and many throughout the nation as we celebrate the culture and recognize the contributions of the Korean American community.”

Congressman Adam Smith (WA-09): “Today, on Korean American Day, I join all Americans in celebrating the culture and achievements of the Korean American community. Korean Americans are an important and inspirational group in our nation. With awe-inspiring art, delicious cuisine, and advancements in philosophy, science, and technology, Korean Americans have enriched the country with a unique perspective and much needed cultural diversity. Korean Americans are leaders in the community as business owners, members of our Armed Services, community organizers, and life saving professionals proving that they are essential to the success and well being of our nation.”
Congressman Chris Van Hollen (MD-08): “Korean American Day is a time to celebrate the shared sacrifices and contributions of not just Americans of Korean descent, but all Americans. We are one nation comprised of many, and we are made stronger because of our diversity in support of common values. On this day, we come together to recognize the important role the Korean American community has played in the rich cultural heritage of our country.”

The Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) is comprised of Members of Congress of Asian and Pacific Islander descent and Members who have a strong dedication to promoting the well-being of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. Currently chaired by Congresswoman Judy Chu, CAPAC has been addressing the needs of the AAPI community in all areas of American life since it was founded in 1994.

The 2012 DNC AAPI Caucus

The second AAPI caucus meeting was well-attended and filled with remarks from a number of Asian American politicians, several Secretaries, and one Second Lady. I wish I could say the same for the first meeting, but I wasn’t there. It was over by the time I picked up my media credentials. Lesson learned.

Congresswoman Judy Chu, Chair of CAPAC, reminded everyone in the room that President Obama is good for our community, and I don’t just mean Asian Americans. Delegate Madeleine Bordallo of Guam reminded us President Obama grew up an island boy — he doesn’t forget about the territories. Perhaps the key takeaway from Chu’s remarks, Republicans are working so hard to prevent those who wish to register to vote from doing so — 81% of first time voters voted for Obama in 2008. Congressman Honda, former chair of CAPAC, rightfully declared Asian Americans the theoretical margin of victory, but only if we register to vote. Only 55% of eligible Asian Americans are registered.

Chu also focused on the anti-Asian sentiments percolating throughout unsavory elements of the American polity with particular focus on Pete Hoekstra bringing in yellowgirl in Michigan in the year of the 30th anniversary of Vincent Chin’s murder.

Chris Lu, President Obama’s Cabinet Secretary, noted that 2012 is not only the 30th anniversary of Vincent Chin’s murder but also the 70th anniversary of the Japanese Internment and 130th anniversary of the Chinese Exclusion Act. Lu also reminded us that before President Obama, a meeting of every Asian American Secretary throughout history would fit at a table for 2. Now if they all got together, there are many board games they wouldn’t be able to play together since Obama appointed the third, fourth, and fifth Asian American Secretaries.

Secretary Arne Duncan gave some of the best news of the caucus — the Department of Education is working to dispel the model minority myth. Duncan also shared that this was his first convention and he’s having a great time. There’s always something special about one’s first. Duncan stressed the importance of America leading the world in college graduation; the Department of Education is working to make that happen.

Secretary Hilda Solis reflected the feelings of many, many people. The Democratic National Convention looks like America, unlike the Republican National Convention. Solis also celebrated AAPI politicians and leaders, whom she collectively referred to as “fast and effective.” Solis’s words also included high praise for Michelle Obama.

Tina Tchen, Michelle Obama’s Chief of Staff, also praised the First Lady, noting how critical her work on childhood obesity is to many AAPI communities. Tchen reminded the crowd that 17 new Asian American federal judges have been appointed and confirmed thanks to President Obama with 3 more on track for confirmation.

Former White House Chief of Staff Pete Rouse expanded on the theme of federal judges, making the point Gautam says is ignored in this presidential race — 2 SCOTUS nominations could arise in the next presidential term. Rouse also urged everyone in the room to make their best efforts to maximize turnout.

Dr. Jill Biden appeared for a few brief remarks largely stressing the importance of involvement in the political process.

Maya Soetoro-Ng also spoke.

Daniel Inouye gave a speech that should have been televised.

Mayor Ed Lee was the most amusing speaker, upstaging Mike Honda, who usually has no competition for most amusing:

I’ll be short because I am.

On a personal note, I don’t know if anyone in the room needed or made use of it, but I greatly appreciate the accessibility provided to the hard-of-hearing:

– Justin Gillenwater

We’re in the News!

Tammy Duckworth, then-assistant secretary of the US Department of Veterans Affairs arrives at the World War II Memorial in Washington for a ceremony honoring World War II veterans who fought in the Pacific on March 11, 2010. A former helicopter pilot and the first female double amputee in the Iraq War, she ran unsuccessfully for a seat in the US House of Representatives in 2006 and is running again in Illinois’s 8th congressional district in 2012.

Cliff Owen/AP/File

Why are a record number of Asian American candidates running in 2012?  Today a leading media outlet looked into this intriguing development (via Christian Science Monitor):


A record number of Asian-American candidates are running for the US House and Senate this fall, and they have a message: It’s time for a seat at the table that reflects their numbers in American society.

Just 5.8 percent of the US population is Asian, but only 12 out of 535 members of Congress, or 2 percent, claim Asian heritage, two in the Senate and 10 in the House. Now the numbers may be starting to catch up. Including Pacific Islanders, 30 Asian-American candidates launched congressional bids this cycle, compared with 10 in 2010 and eight in 2008, according to the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies in Washington.

In the process, the piece quotes AAA-Fund endorsee Manan Trivedi:

This political activism also reflects increased professional success in fields like medicine and academia, says Manan Trivedi, an Indian-American and a Democrat, running for the first time in Pennsylvania’s 6th district.

“It makes sense that the next step is to get involved in policy and politics,” Mr. Trivedi said, in a phone interview. “That’s where the rubber meets the road.”

Towards the end, the piece quotes this blogger:

Many of the districts Asian-Americans are vying to represent do not have Asian-American majorities, a trend some note as another sign of progress.

“A lot of people think if there aren’t enough people who look like you, you can’t get elected – that’s nonsense. You can win the people’s trust anywhere,” says Gautam Dutta, executive director of the Asian American Action Fund, which backs Asian-American Democrats running for Congress.

Finally, the piece quotes AAA-Fund endorsee Tammy Duckworth, Honorary Board President Rep. Mike Honda, and Honorary Board member Judy Chu:

Two-term Rep. Judy Chu (D) of California, chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) and the first Chinese-American woman elected to Congress, says that Asian-Americans have historically faced difficulty in running because political networks for Asian-Americans are still developing.  Moreover, the relatively small number of Asian-Americans in elected office had in the past made it harder for newcomers to compete, she says.

“Right now we are developing that infrastructure,” says Ms. Chu, pointing to the caucus’s recently launched CAPAC Leadership PAC. “It’s a different world today.”

Six-term Rep. Michael Honda (D) of California has long spearheaded efforts to boost the electoral prospects of Asian-American candidates. In addition to mobilizing Asian-Americans to vote, he’s acting as an Asian-American surrogate in key congressional races and for the Obama campaign.

For Mr. Honda, the motivation is partly personal. As a toddler, he and his parents were sent to a Japanese internment camp during World War II, an experience he says highlighted for him the importance of having Asian-American representation in Congress.

“It took about 60 years for us to get an apology from our own government,” he says. Now, “we have to make sure this doesn’t happen again.”

When Asian-Americans run for Congress, voters “start to look past our perceived foreignness and look at us as participating Americans who can contribute to this country,” he adds.

Challenger Duckworth, the Democrat challenging Rep. Joe Walsh (R) of Illinois, says that Asian-Americans from Midwestern areas like hers represent constituencies that have traditionally been shut out.

“Places like here have never had Asian-Americans elected to office, not even to state office, or even an alderman,” Duckworth says. “There’s a good chunk of the population that’s not getting all of its concerns represented.”

Some outstanding Asian American candidates have stepped up to the challenge of running for office.  Now let’s all do our part to help them make history in November.

— Gautam Dutta

Asian-Americans in Congress 2012

10- The number of Asian Americans who launched bids for Congress in 2010

30- The number of Asian Americans who have launched bids for Congress in 2012.

In a recent article written by CNN, it states that Asians are among the fastest growing groups in the U.S. and that because three times as many Asian-Americans have been running for Congress this year than in the past election, it signifies “changes in demographic trends and reflects the recent political awakening of a minority group long confined to the margins of American society.”

In addition, candidates from New York, Tennessee, and Florida are looking to become the first people of Asian descent from their state to join Congress.

If you continue to read the article, Judy Chu (D-California) makes a great point about the significance of these numbers beyond politics. She talks about the typical Asian American and Pacific Islander stereotype of how we are always quiet, don’t speak up, and don’t fight back. As an Asian-American youth, I can’t help but agree.

Aside from all the differing views of political policies from Democrats or Republicans, this issue of a minority group propelling itself to hold positions in Congress is truly a huge step towards not only influencing other Asian politicians, but also the youth in America to hold leadership positions and oust stereotypes.

Of course, no issue would be complete without its critics. In this case, many critics still debate about how much trustworthy and loyal these Asians are to America. Absurd, right?

But for now, let’s toast to the recent wave of new Asian-American faces making a run at Congress!

CAPAC Marks the 30th Anniversary of Vincent Chin’s Murder

Editor’s Note: The below is a reposting of “CAPAC Marks the 30th Anniversary of Vincent Chin’s MurderG” from our friends at CAPAC (Facebook, Twitter).

June 22, 2012
Contact: Dan Lindner, 202.225.5464

Washington, DC – Saturday, June 23rd, marks the 30th anniversary of the murder of Vincent Chin.  Chin, a Chinese American, was the victim of a hate crime during a period of strong anti-Japanese sentiment in Detroit, Michigan. While celebrating his upcoming wedding, Chin was assaulted and beaten to death with a baseball bat by two autoworkers who blamed Chin for the loss of American manufacturing jobs. Neither attacker served a day in jail for their crimes, prompting outrage from the community that helped spark the emergence of a pan-ethnic Asian Pacific American identity and movement.

To mark this somber anniversary, Congresswoman Judy Chu, Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC), introduced a House Resolution (H.Res 698) recognizing the significance of the 30th anniversary of Vincent Chin’s death. Members of the caucus also released the following statements:

Congresswoman Judy Chu (CA-32), CAPAC Chair:  “Thirty years ago, the murder of Vincent Chin and the denial of justice for his family brought together a diverse coalition of people who chose to stand against hate. Vincent’s death became the catalyst that helped forge the Asian Pacific American movement we have today, and it ultimately led to the creation of much needed entities like our Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus. The House resolution I introduced on the significance of Vincent’s death expresses how profoundly this incident impacted our community and our country.  We must never forget Vincent’s story or the need to vigilantly combat xenophobia, scapegoating, and prejudice. Thirty years later, many of these challenges remain, but we now have a much stronger voice to speak out against these injustices and reaffirm the values that our nation stands for.”

Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03), CAPAC Civil Rights Chair: “The tragic death of Vincent Chin thirty years ago was a catalyst for people from all communities to rally and fight against racially motivated hatred.  On the 30th anniversary of Vincent’s death, we should recognize how far we have come and how far we still have to go.”

Congressman John Conyers (MI-14): “In the years after the senseless death of Vincent Chin, the federal government continues to take decisive steps to protect its residents from hate violence. Even so our communities are still plagued by divisions which can yield tragic incidents.  I hope that the memory of Vincent Chin will inspire us to overcome prejudice by working toward our nation’s promise of justice and equality.”

Congressman Hansen Clarke (MI-13): “Thirty years ago, Vincent Chin was murdered as a result of anti-Asian sentiment. Unfortunately, xenophobia and hate crimes continue to be part of our daily lives in the U.S. Yet given the crises of unemployment and poverty that exist in metro Detroit and across the country, we must work together to build a more resilient economy and a stronger nation rather than letting ourselves be divided by fear and hate. This anniversary is a reminder to all of us of the dangers of racial prejudice and fear-mongering. It must also serve as a call to action to work towards real solutions for our nation and unite against xenophobia and prejudice.”

Congressman Mike Honda (CA-15), CAPAC Chair Emeritus: “Vincent Chin’s death and the eventual acquittal of his attackers was a watershed moment for the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community.  Regardless of ethnic and socioeconomic background, AAPIs came together with a heightened awareness of the shared experience of racism and discrimination.  30 years after his fatal attack, Vincent Chin remains a contemporary martyr and rallying point for the AAPI Movement, and his memory inspires us to combat post-September 11 profiling, discrimination, hate crimes, and cultural and linguistic barriers faced in schools, hospitals, and voting booths.  Vincent Chin’s memory unites us in a common and tireless mission to forge a more perfect union.”

Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa (HI-01), CAPAC Whip:  “It may be comforting to believe that in the 30 years since Vincent Chin’s death, we have overcome the hatred and intolerance that have sometimes infected our communities, and that those who commit these acts face certain justice. Sadly, it is not so. There are still too many in our nation who use race, religion, or sexual orientation as excuses for verbal or physical violence, and others who defend imposing their pernicious views through force, threats, and intimidation. America has long stood as a symbol of justice and tolerance. This anniversary should remind us that those are distinctions that demand constant renewal, and that tolerance and justice do not happen of their own accord; they require our vigilance and our commitment.”

Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-09), CAPAC Health Taskforce Chair: “It has been 30 years since the tragic murder of Vincent Chin. His death was based on ignorance and hate and the utter failure of the judicial system to hold his killers accountable, made a great tragedy even worse. But his death also spurred a political awakening of the Asian American Pacific Islander communities across the country and the anniversary of his death is an important opportunity to reflect on how far we have come and how far we have to go.”

Congressman Eni Faleomavaega (AS):  “The murder of Vincent Chin will always signify the extreme racism and violence that robbed a young American man of his life and the lack of justice carried out against his murderers.  On this 30th anniversary of Vincent’s death, let us be vigilant against racism and bullying which stand against the true spirit of our diverse Nation.”

Text of House Resolution H. RES. 698
Recognizing the significance of the 30th anniversary of Vincent Chin’s death.

June 21, 2012

Ms. CHU (for herself, Mr. HONDA, Mr. FALEOMAVAEGA, Ms. LEE of California, Mr. CLARKE of Michigan, Mr. FILNER, Mr. SABLAN, Ms. HANABUSA, Mr. BECERRA, Ms. RICHARDSON, Mr. SCOTT of Virginia, Ms. MCCOLLUM, and Mr. CONYERS) submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary



Recognizing the significance of the 30th anniversary of Vincent Chin’s death.


Whereas June 23, 2012, marks the 30th anniversary of the death of Vincent Jen Chin;

Whereas Chin, a United States citizen of Chinese descent, lived in Michigan during an economic recession when factories were being closed and workers were being laid off, leading some to blame Japanese imports for the challenges facing the United States automobile industry;

Whereas the economic challenges in Detroit resulted in strong anti-Japanese sentiments, including acts of vandalism against Japanese cars, threats against Japanese car owners, disparaging signs, and attempts to burn the Japanese flag in protest;

Whereas Chin, who was celebrating his upcoming wedding with friends in the Detroit area, was chased down and beaten to death with a baseball bat by two men who accused him of being responsible for the loss of automobile manufacturing jobs in the United States;

Whereas Chin’s killers were found guilty of manslaughter and sentenced to three years of probation and a $3,000 fine, never serving a day in jail for Chin’s murder;

Whereas the tragedy of Chin’s death became a primary catalyst for a unified, pan-ethnic Asian Pacific American movement and united people from all communities to fight against hate; and

Whereas the lessons of Chin’s death still hold critical relevance today as we address the ongoing challenges of hate crimes, profiling, xenophobia, and bullying: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the House of Representatives recognizes the significance of the 30th anniversary of Vincent Chin’s death as an important time to reflect on the dangers of xenophobia and scapegoating.



The Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) is comprised of Members of Congress of Asian and Pacific Islander descent and members who have a strong dedication to promoting the well-being of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. Currently chaired by Congresswoman Judy Chu, CAPAC has been addressing the needs of the AAPI community in all areas of American life since it was founded in 1994.

House Resolution 683 Regret for Chinese Exclusion Act Passes

Congresswoman Judy Chu, also a AAA Fund Honorary Board member, and the 1882 Project have overseen the passage of HR 683. House Resolution 683 (originally HR 282) follows the passage of a similar SR 201 last October. We thank all who contacted their representative(s) about this important historical legislation as well as all cosponsors and all their offices and staff. This historic moment closes a national injustice towards AAPIs. Congratulations to the 1882 Project, spearheaded by the Chinese American Citizen Alliance, Committee of 100, Japanese American Citizen League, National Council of Chinese Americans, and OCA, with pro bono legal representation from Covington & Burling LLP. Many prominent national organizations also supportted the Project including the American Jewish Committee, Asian American Federation, Asian American Institute, Asian American Justice Center, Asian Law Caucus, Asian Pacific American Legal Center, Association for Asian American Studies, Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association, East Coast Asian American Student Union and National Asian Pacific American Bar Association.

In short, the House passed the resolution to address the antiquated Chinese Exclusion Laws by expressing regret of the House of Representatives for the passage of laws that adversely affected the Chinese in the United States, including the Chinese Exclusion Act. The Senate passed its counterpart last October 2011. It has been 130 years since the Chinese Exclusion Act was first enacted. Project 1882 and related parties persued such legislation for the sake of remembering and honoring our forebears, for us and for the future generations who can be assured that civil rights and fundamental American principles have been reaffirmed.

Surprisingly, a GOP leader didn’t oppose it.

AAA-Fund Newsletter 6/4/12

Diane Tran Update 

The sorry tale of jailed honor student Diane Tran continues.  In his latest update, our own Richard Chen notes that the judge has dropped the remaining contempt charge on Diane Tran’s record then raises several key issues:  the plight of those who get sentenced unjustly;  how the issue of work causing truancy is everywhere; and how racial overtones may have helped Judge Lanny Moriarty to have specifically used her to “make an example.”



Please Vote in the California Primary on June 5th!

If you live in California, don’t forget to vote tomorrow (June 5)!  Here are AAA-Fund’s picks for tomorrow’s Primary Election:

1. CA Congressional District 17:  Mike Honda

2. CA Congressional District 27: Judy Chu

3. CA Congressional District 7:  Ami Bera

4. CA Congressional District 41:  Mark Takano

5. CA Assembly District 18:  Rob Bonta


For its part, AAA-Fund’s California Chapter endorses the following candidates:

1. CA Congressional District 22:  Otto Lee

2. CA Congressional District 39:  Jay Chen

3. CA Assembly District 49: Ed Chau

4. CA Assembly District 66:  Al Muratsuchi

5. CA Assembly District 63:  Anthony Rendon

6. CA Assembly District 19:  Phil Ting

7. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge:  Sanjay Kumar


Finally, AAA-Fund of California makes the following recommendations on propositions:

1. Proposition 28 (reforming term limits):  YES.  This measure will reduce the influence of lobbyists in Sacramento.

2. Proposition 29 (cigarette tax):  YES.  This measure raises cigarette taxes to fund cancer research.


Now go vote.Read more.

Model Minority Myth

We’ve blogged for years about the “model minority” issue and its many nuances. Check out “‘Model Minority’ Myth Hides the Economic Realities of Many Asian Americans” by Margaret Simms, which is very thought-provoking.
Your thoughts?

AAA-Fund in the News

As a part of its Asian Pacific American Heritage Month coverage, NBC4 Washingtoninterviewed AAA-Fund leader Bel Leong-Hong.Great job, Bel!   See video

Please Donate!

Your donation, in any amount, allows us to keep APA issues and candidates in the forefront of election 2012.  Isn’t that worth a few of your hard-earned dollars? :-)

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Editor’s Note: The below is a reposting of “CAPAC CHAIR DENOUNCES BRENNAN’S SUPPORT FOR NYPD SPYING” from our friends at CAPAC (Facebook, Twitter).

April 23, 2012
Contact: Dan Lindner, 202.225.5464


WASHINGTON, DC – Following remarks by White House Chief Counterterrorism Advisor John Brennan in support of the New York Police Department’s domestic intelligence program, Congresswoman Judy Chu (CA-32), Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, released the following statement:

“I am very disappointed to hear the White House’s chief counterterrorism advisor endorsing the New York Police Department’s (NYPD) domestic surveillance program. Attorney General Holder has acknowledged that the reports of this initiative are ‘disturbing,’ and thirty four members of Congress and over 100 civil rights organizations have called for a federal investigation into these questionable practices. We all recognize that national security is a priority, but racial and religious profiling of entire communities by law enforcement is not the answer.

“The NYPD targeted innocent student groups, shops, and places of worship without any justifiable leads and an implicit presumption of wrongdoing based solely on their faith. The NYPD’s approach to Muslim Americans after 9/11 is a regression to some of the darkest times in our nation’s history and has no place in our modern society. Effective policing requires law enforcement and communities to work together as trusting partners to ensure the safety of all Americans. I sincerely hope that Mr. Brennan will reconsider his position.”

BACKGROUND: On Friday, April 20, 2012, White House Chief Counterterrorism Advisor John Brennan spoke in support of the NYPD’s practice of spying on American citizens. The surveillance policy, which included observation of Muslim businesses, student groups and mosques, has drawn scrutiny since it was exposed by reporters last fall – including open criticism from Congresswoman Chu and many other members of Congress.


The Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) is comprised of Members of Congress of Asian and Pacific Islander descent and members who have a strong dedication to promoting the well-being of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. Currently Chaired by Congresswoman Judy Chu, CAPAC has been addressing the needs of the AAPI community in all areas of American life since it was founded in 1994.


Ed.’s Note: Dr. Judy Chu is an Honorary Board member of the Asian American Action Fund and was endsorsed by the Asian American Action Fund in her successful 2008 election in California’s 32nd Congressional District.

Congresswoman Judy Chu (CA-32)

CONTACT: Dan Lindner
March 6, 2012


WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Chu (CA-32), Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) joined the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), Ranking Member Elijah E. Cummings (MD-07), and Senator Ben Cardin (MD) in hosting a forum to address hazing in the military and receive a status update on the implementation of diversity recommendations provided by the Military Leadership Diversity Commission in March of 2011. Following the briefing, Congresswoman Chu released the following statement:

“In October of last year, Private Danny Chen shot himself after enduring mistreatment by his fellow soldiers and his direct superiors on an almost daily basis. Five months earlier, Private Hamson Daniels McPherson, Jr., set himself on fire after near constant racist hazing and abuse at the hands of his fellow Marines. The month before that, my nephew, Lance Corporal Harry Lew, took his own life after enduring horrendous hazing at the hands of two of his peers, with the consent of their commanding officer. On New Year’s Day, 2010, Army Specialist Brushaun Anderson, who was one of the few black soldiers in his unit, committed suicide after he was singled out for hazing by his 4 superior officers.

“These are the words Brushaun left us with, scrawled upon a suicide note: ‘I feel like a failure. I feel like I’ve failed. And there’s no hope of improving.’

“The only real failure here is that of our armed services, for not adequately addressing hazing and therefore allowing these young Americans to be punished so severely that they took their own lives to make the suffering stop.

“During today’s forum, we heard from a panel of former military officers who emphasized how much more can be done by leadership in the armed services to address hazing. Then we heard directly from military leaders, who sadly, did nothing but reiterate the policies that are already in place. They want us to ignore their abysmal results and trust that these failing policies will somehow work in the future. I do not believe them.

“We must eradicate the culture of hazing that is so ingrained within our troops, and ensure that our officers are diverse so the chain of command can better understand the challenges every military volunteer from every background faces. Servicemembers in positions of responsibility in the field must be made to feel that they should stop hazing when they see it, rather than encourage it, or turn the other way. The perpetrators of hazing must actually be punished.”

Background: Recent instances of military hazing, including the hazing of Congresswoman Chu’s nephew, Harry Lew, have raised serious questions about equal treatment and opportunity for service members, and have highlighted the need for diversity in the military’s leadership. Today’s briefing allowed Congressional leaders to hear directly from senior officials from each branch of the Armed Services on actions taken to address military hazing and the Military Leadership Diversity Commission’s recommendations. It was the first time members of Congress were able to question defense officials directly about hazing and mistreatment within their ranks. The forum followed extensive efforts by Congresswoman Chu to raise awareness about hazing in the armed services, including a call for Congressional hearings into the military’s policies addressing the problem.



Editor’s Note: The video above is not an official part of the press release below though it sure makes it more infuriating. The below is a reposting of “Congresswoman Chu Denounces Vicious Attacks Against Sandra Fluke“. Dr. Judy Chu is an Honorary Board member of the Asian American Action Fund and was endsorsed by the Asian American Action Fund in her successful 2008 election in California’s 32nd Congressional District.

Update: The media genius further earns his media credibility by continuing the attack. Pure media genius, he’s going to shine in his believers’ eyes. In his game, it’s an old game. Defund his advertisers to punish him, that’s my advice.

CONTACT: Dan Lindner
March 1, 2012


WASHINGTON, DC – On February 23, Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke bravely testified before the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee about the importance of access to contraception for all women. To discredit her testimony, rightwing radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh called Ms. Fluke a “prostitute” and a “slut”. In response to his vile attacks, Congresswoman Chu will be sending a letter of outrage to Speaker Boehner and released the following statement:

“How dare Rush Limbaugh target Ms. Fluke with his hateful rhetoric? Her actions demonstrate a true profile in courage. His are the acts of an ignorant, hateful man who preys on misinformation and cruelty.

“As is always the case with Rush Limbaugh, facts are his first casualty. Ms. Fluke’s comments had nothing to do with her personal experiences or circumstances. She addressed Congress on behalf of a friend using birth control for non-sexual medical reasons. It had nothing to do with sex. It had nothing to do with Ms. Fluke. Yet Limbaugh delighted in calling her rude and inappropriate names.

“What’s truly sad is the fact that this man thrives on this kind of filth – it’s how he makes his living. While most Americans work hard and want only to have equal access to health insurance as part of their compensation, and while Ms. Fluke wanted only to stand up for those hardworking Americans’ right to equal access to health insurance, Limbaugh wants only to distort the truth for his ditto head audience.

“Where is the outrage from Congressional Republicans? Whether they like it or not, Limbaugh speaks for their party and reflects on their judgment. How can the majority party of this legislative body expect qualified witnesses to testify if such personal attacks are allowed to pass? I urge my colleagues from the other side of the aisle to stand up for what is right, and shoot down this thinly-veiled attempt at character assassination.”