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We’re #1: 2012 Election Was An Election Of Firsts For AAPIs

November 8th, 2012 | 2 comments | Posted by Jen

This year’s election was an election of firsts. Not least of all for our people, who are often left out of election and post-election talk altogether. A brief recap:

MAZIE HIRONO (D-HI) becomes the first Asian American woman elected to the Senate, and the first woman senator representing Hawaii. She’s also the first Senator born in Japan, and she’s Buddhist. Plus her name is Mazie–from the Japanese “Meiji,” pronounced “May-zee”–which officially gives her the coolest name in Congress.

TAMMY DUCKWORTH (D-IL), who will represent the 8th Congressional District of Illinois, becomes the first Thai American and the first disabled woman veteran elected to Congress. She’s fluent in Thai, Indonesian, and before she was deployed to Iraq in 2004, she was pursuing her Ph.D. She was a US Army combat helicopter pilot in Iraq when the Black Hawk she was co-piloting was hit by an RPG, causing damage to her right arm and the loss of both her legs. Now, thanks to prosthetics, she is fully mobile. So yes, she is more badass than anyone you know.

GRACE MENG (D-NY), from New Yorks’s 6th Congressional District, becomes the Continue reading We’re #1: 2012 Election Was An Election Of Firsts For AAPIs

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DISGRASIAN OF THE WEAK! Loretta “The Vietnamese Are Coming! The Vietnamese Are Coming!” Sanchez

September 24th, 2010 | 2 comments | Posted by Diana

Loretta Sanchez, Blue Dog Dem incumbent representing California’s 47th Congressional District, would like to introduce her new web series*, How To Lose Votes And Alienate People. Here’s the first installation, pulled from a recent interview on Univisión’s Al Punto show:

Well shit, man. If I didn’t know any better, I’d venture that Sanchez’s eyebrows were–with an intensity–trying to cultivate a race war in Orange County. Those eyebrows betta hope this Vietnamese lady doesn’t come across them in a dark alley while packing Tweezerman Luxe Edition Swarovski® Crystal Slant® tweezers anytime soon.  AND THAT IS NOT AN EMPTY THREAT!

*not an actual web series

[via Gawker]
[OC Weekly Blogs: Loretta Sanchez on Univisión: "Vietnamese" Trying to Take Her Congressional Seat Away from Democrats]

Thanks, Jasmine!

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November 9th, 2009 | 3 comments | Posted by Diana
An R Prioritizing America's Health Over Party Lines

An R Prioritizing America's Health Over Party Lines

Louisiana’s Joseph Cao–our favorite centrist Republican–has proven once again that although he probably belongs on our side of the fence, he’s totally doing some good shit on his.

The Affordable Health Care for America Act, also known as H.R. 3962, passed in the house yesterday with a vote of 220-215. Historic.

The only Republican to vote for the bill was Cao, who has a strong background of breaking party lines, and has now made an indelible mark on the epic nationwide health care debate—a strong move for someone in his first year in Congress.

We may have underestimated Cao before, but we aren’t any longer. This fearless muthafucka is definitely one to keep our eyes on for the long haul!

[CNN: House Passes Health Care Reform Bill]
[Bloomberg: Cao’s Health-Care Vote Puts Endangered Republican ‘On the Map’]

Thanks, Abe, Cate, Dave and Jasmine!

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DISGRASIAN OF THE WEAK! The Bachmann Tea Party Signs

November 6th, 2009 | 11 comments | Posted by Diana

HuffPo has culled together the best-spelled worst of the worst protest signs from Michele Bachmann’s Tea Party yesterday, which was designed to “scare members of Congress” into voting against healthcare reform.

Our top three:


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September 11th, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana

Joe Wilson has already apologized to President Obama for breaking decorum and shouting “You Lie!” at Obama during his Wednesday night speech to Congress on the subject of Healthcare Reform.

From HuffPo:

“Not long after the speech ended, Wilson issued an apology. ‘This evening I let my emotions get the best of me when listening to the President’s remarks regarding the coverage of illegal immigrants in the health care bill,’ he said. While I disagree with the President’s statement, my comments were inappropriate and regrettable. I extend sincere apologies to the President for this lack of civility.’ Wilson also called the White House to apologize.”

He may have said the words, but it sure is hard to believe that Wilson is actually, truly, really, really sorry for the inappropriate outburst, an action that has been condemned from both sides of the aisle as shameful, disrespectful and embarassing.

So what was the tipping point leading to Wilson’s swift “sorry?” Did he refer immediately to his Blackberry and realize that #JoeWilsonIsADouche had instantly become a trending topic on Twitter? Did his wife text him: “WTF, U IDIOT!?” Did he realize that he was single-handedly about to crash his own government site with an ugly media frenzy?

Something tells us it was actually much simpler, a gut reaction to the most powerful and classic of sorrymaking machines: the cold, hard faces of two Hardass Asian Parents (as played, in this instance, by Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi).

Peep Mom and Dad the moment they hear Wilson’s outburst from the floor. Pelosi’s jaw hits the floor and her eyes become nuclear daggers. Biden drops his head and shakes it with disgust and shame, the kind of shake a dad can only achieve when he wishes you didn’t exist. EVER.

I’ve seen my parents do this A THOUSAND TIMES. It never fails.

The one thing I’ve learned–A Hardass Asian Parent can’t kill you with their eyes, but they’ll sure as hell try. And instead, they’ll just make you really fucking sorry.

[HuffPo: Joe Wilson Apologizes For Shouting "You Lie!" At Obama]

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L.A.sians, Get Sicko on Labor Day!

September 5th, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana

Angelenos, take some time away from play on Labor Day to start talking sense in the Healthcare Reform Debate. Hosted at the Downtown Independent Theater, the Healthy Works Fair + Film + Action event will offer 3 free marathon screenings of “Sicko” (including showings with Chinese and Spanish subtitles) followed by AAPI notables Judy Chu, husband Mike Eng, Dr. Rishi Manchanda and (hubby of this week’s birthday girl) Dr. Paul Song.

Should you stop by, you’ll not only have the opportunity to talk to your Congressperson the day before she heads back to D.C. to resume healthcare talks, but also partake in the Fair’s lighter offerings–rooftop DJs, live art activities, freebies, contests, PSA shoots and general hobnobbing.

Labor Day? Seems easy enough to us. See you there!


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July 20th, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana

Name: Judy Chu

Hails from: Los Angeles, CA (No, seriously–born and raised, which y’all know is rare!)

Occupation: House Representative for California’s 32nd Congressional District

Known for: After President Obama confirmed Hilda Solis as Labor Secretary in February, Chu entered the special election for her seat in California’s 32nd Congressional District. The crowd of eight candidates was narrowed to three in May, leading to last week’s special runoff election between Chu, Republican (and cousin-in-law) Betty Chu, and Libertarian Christopher Agrella.

Chu definitively won last Tuesday’s election, with 62% of the vote (composed notably of a deep Asian base, strong Latino support, organized labor and females), making her the first Chinese American to be elected to Congress.

Chu is our kind of woman: a longtime wife that shares the good work with her adorbs husband Mike Eng, an unabashed liberal, a veteran public servant, a proud Asian reprzentative and a pioneer.

And let’s face it–she’s also a knockout. But we couldn’t wait until tomorrow to sing her praises.

[LAT: Judy Chu becomes first Chinese American woman elected to Congress]

Merci, Dave and Jen!

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May 8th, 2009 | 1 comment | Posted by Diana

The Army National Guard dismissed Knights Out founder Dan Choi this week–a not-so-gentle reminder that the archaic, pussy-footed, bullshit policy of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” in the U.S. military is still alive and kicking. And still bullshit.

Note to Obama and Congress: We’re asking and telling you to get a move on–repeal this policy now.

[HuffPo: Dan Choi, Fired Gay Arabic-Speaking Linguist, Speaks To Rachel Maddow (VIDEO)]

Thanks, Kenny, Jasmine and James!

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