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Oh gosh!!! Happy happy happy 61st birthday, Bill O’Reilly!!!
Just kidding, you old fuck. You’re awful. Awful. AWFUL.
Instead, we’d like to celebrate the birth of another older gent, who’s only offended us once or twice: Senator Daniel Inouye, happy 86th birthday (two days ago)! May you you remain cuddly and tan. Let’s talk politics next week.
Filed under: Asshats, Awful People, Bill O'Reilly, Bill O'Reilly is Satan, Birthdays, Daniel Inouye, Dickbags, Fuckfaces, Hawaiians, Old Guys, Politasians, Sen. Dan Inouye, We're Nice On Your Birthday
We called 2009 The Year of Living Desi-rously because, everywhere we turned, South Asians seemed to be dominating the headlines, but 2010 is looking just as bright for the desiaspora, particularly in American politics.
Our pal Jesse Washington, who covers race and ethnicity for the AP, recently reported that 8 Indian Americans–a record number–are currently running for Congress or statewide office. To put this number in perspective, Washington points out that only 2 Indian Americans have been elected to Congress thus far, the first being Dalip Singh Saund in 1956, and the second being Bobby Jindal, who entered Congress in 2004. 2010′s candidasians, 7 of which are Democratic hopefuls–South Carolina gubernatorial candidate Nikki Haley is the exception–are as follows:
- Ami Bera in California’s 3rd district
- Raj Goyle in Kansas’ 4th district
- Nikki Haley for South Carolina governor
- Kamala Harris for California Attorney General
- Ravi Sangisetty in Louisiana’s 3rd district
- Reshma Saujani in New York’s 14th district
- Manan Trivedi in Pennsylvania’s 6th district
- Surya Yalamanchili in Ohio’s 2nd district
Filed under: Ami Bera, Asian-American Politicians, Bobby Jindal, Desis, Hardass Asian Parents' Wet Dreams, Indian American Politicians, Indian Americans Running for Office, Indian-Americans, Kamala Harris, Manan Trivedi, Nikki Haley, People Who Make Us Look Bad, Politasians, Raj Goyle, Ravi Sangisetty, Reshma Saujani, Surya Yalamanchili
Boston City Councilman Sam Yoon is currently running for mayor. A Democrat who was born in Seoul, moved to the U.S. at 10 months old, and became a citizen at 10 years old, Sam is the first Asian-American to hold elected office in Boston. Bear in mind that Boston is one of America’s oldest cities, almost 379 years old. To be the first Asian-American elected official in the city’s storied 379 year-history is nothing short of amazian.
We sat down recently for a Q & A with Sam about his campaign. We not only learned of his stellar qualifications–Princeton undergrad, Harvard grad, community organizing–we also discovered something completely unexpected about the 39 year-old politician. As they’d say in Boston, Sam is wicked funny.
Over email, we discussed some of DISGRASIAN’s favorite topics: Hardass Asian Parents, math, advanced degrees, hot dogs, and, of course, the Boston Red Sox.
Why did you decide to get into politics?
Because it was the one career choice that would completely befuddle my parents.
When you decided to pursue a career in politics, did your Asian parents try to convince you to go to law school instead? Were they worried you wouldn’t make enough money as a public servant?
After my parents paid for a very expensive college education at Princeton, I became a teacher. After my brother graduated from Yale, he pursued ministry. We were going into the two lowest-paid professions. My parents got used to it.
You taught math in New Jersey public schools after graduating Princeton. Are you good at math? Are you good at math because you’re Asian?
All of the above. I’m a proud Asian math geek.
How many musical instruments were you forced to play as a child?
Two: piano, then the flute. My immigrant parents didn’t know how much cooler it would have been had they chosen the saxophone. Or trumpet.
We understand your wife Tina has a doctorate in biology from MIT. Do you ever call her Dr. Yoon?
Because she got her graduate degree from MIT and mine’s only from Harvard, of course she makes me call her Dr. Yoon. Truthfully, sometimes we get wedding invitations addressed to “Mr. and Dr. Yoon.” Which isn’t humiliating at all. Really.
When people say, “An Asian-American mayor of Boston? Really? I never really pictured that,” what do you say?
I don’t blame you. Look at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_mayors_of_Boston
But then try scrolling down this list: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Us_presidents
What issues will you focus on as mayor of Boston?
Check out my website samyoon.com and while you’re there please donate $500.
The Bruins went to the Conference Semis this year. The Celts won the NBA Finals in 2008. The Sox won the World Series in 2007 and 2004. And the Pats have won three Super Bowls this decade. What’s in the water in Boston these days that’s making its sports franchises so great?
Steroids, obviously. I’m looking into whether or not this is legal.
If you could play any position on the Red Sox team, what would it be?
Pitcher, because I’m sure any Korean could be at least as good as the three Japanese pitchers we have already. Not that there’s any rivalry between Koreans and Japanese or anything.
If you were a Red Sox player, what would be your at-bat song?
“Mr. Roboto” by Styx.
How fast is your fastball?
Faster than Dice-K’s these days. [Ouch! But true. Sigh.--Ed.]
What’s your favorite food at Fenway?
Truth be told, I’m a huge hot dog fan; the Monster Dogs are good.
Hypothetical scenario: You have the choice of saving either a Yankee player or your political opponent from a burning house. What do you do?
Save my political opponent, because I want to beat him.
Everyone is all kinds of excited about the fact that there’s now a Vietnamese-American dude rocking the U.S. House of Representatives, for the 2nd Congressional District of Louisiana (It’s no wonder–consider it a super-unlikely opportunity for Reprzentasian in that District if you aren’t experienced, Black or a Democrat).
Anh “Joseph” Cao is my peeps’ first Reprzentative, and that isn’t nothing! In fact, for my grandparents, parents, aunts and uncles, I’m sure that achievement alone would be enough for us all to claim bragging rights and call it a year. Incidentally, I think it’s a bit of a mixed bag–a little bit of good news, and a little bit of bad.
Cao is the first Vietnamese-American elected to the House! Woot! We all love to be the first! ✓…that’s GOOD!
As a nominee, Cao received endorsements from Christian right PACs, Bobby Jindal, and Pat Boone. Umm… X…that’s BAD!
Because of Cao, lots of people have been forced to read/speak/say/smell/spell the word “Vietnamese” in national headlines. Are we here? YES! To stay? FUCK YES! ✓…that’s GOOD!
Like my Aunt “Tracy,” Cao has adopted an “American” name in “Quotations” so that people can refer to him more easily. What’s wrong with the name Anh? My sister’s name is Anh. It’s a hot name! Hotter than Tracy, at least. X…that’s BAD!
Cao is a Republican, although that’s not inherently bad (I guess)–in fact he considers himself a political centrist, running last year in 2007 as an Independent, and shape-shifting just before this election as a strategic move to crush his veteran incumbent Dem opponent. The fact that he’s a Republican? Kind of a bummer. Late-game party-changing? Not great. But the fact that he admittedly capitalized off of low voter turnout–the result of voter fatigue in an election postponed a month by Hurricane Gustav… that ol’ politics kinda gives us the creepy tingles. X…that’s BAD!
Cao was accused of resorting to negative advertising, and at the very least benefited from PAC-produced negative ads, all seemingly deployed to discourage and disenfranchise African-American voters. X…that’s BAD!
Cao has dedicated himself to multiple efforts aiding Vietnamese refugees, and aims to further Vietnam as a peaceful, Democratic state. ✓…that’s GOOD!
Cao is a dedicated church-goer, which gives his life structure and meaning. ✓…that’s GOOD!
He’s a devout Catholic, who cites religious reasons for his party choice, and–more importantly–adamantly opposes abortion. X…that’s BAD!
The man is cute as a button (see photo above) and reminds us of a little, very friendly muppet, or Los Angeles sushi Chef Saito (also cute as a button). ✓…that’s GOOD!
Cao’s Vietnamese heritage combined with his Houston, Texas upbringing basically make him a life meld of Jen and Diana… ✓…that’s GOOD!
But doesn’t that fact automatically make him DISGRASIAN? X…that’s BAD!
I suppose only time will tell.
Filed under: Anh "Joseph" Cao, Bobby Jindal, Catholics, Christian Right, House of Reprzentatives, Joseph Cao, Louisiana, Politasians, Rep. Joseph Cao, Republicans, The Importance of Voting, Vietnamese Pride, Vietnamese-Americans, Wow for Cao
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal was in Iowa over the weekend, special guest at the “Celebrating the Family” fundraiser held by the Iowa Family Policy Center. In a speech to 800 attendees, Jindal called for a reconciliasian between conservative voters and their new president:
“Whether you voted for him or not,” Jindal said of the new president, “whether you supported the new leaders of Congress or not, they’re our president. They’re our Congress. They need our prayers. They need our support.”
Smooth move, Bobby Jindal.
Not so smooth was his choice to speak at a banquet held by the anti-gay, anti-choice Iowa Family Policy Center. Same-sex marriage rights will be decided in the Iowa Supreme Court next month, and the Iowa Family Policy Center is leading the hateration against it, calling proponents of gay marriage “anti-family.”
You know what’s really “anti-family”? Half of the poor, elderly, and disabled from New Orleans who are permanently displaced from their homes since Katrina. And the lack of affordable housing or even a plan for affordable housing for these families. Not to mention the thousands of people still living in FEMA trailers.
Get your own house and your own damn family (i.e. Louisiana) in order before you start stumping in Iowa, Bobby Jindal! Sheesh. We thought you were smarter than that.
Occupation: Japanese politician & former Defense Minister
Why She’s a Babe: Because the former TV news presenter (sound familiar?) and first female Defense Minister of Japan is making a bid to become her country’s first female Prime Minister. And while not every feminist is on-board with Yuriko, she’s a game-changer in terms of how the world perceives Japanese women. Also, last year, in front of a U.S. audience, she likened herself to Condoleezza Rice and told the crowd to call her “Madam Sushi,” which did not play well at home. But we love rice jokes. And sushi. And madams. And pretty female politicians. Er…with a few exceptions.
Hails from: Austin, Texas, bitches
Occupation: Austin City Council Member
Why She’s a Babe: Cuz Council Members aren’t supposed to look like that. Because Kim is half-Korean and half-Chinese, reprzent!, and the first Asian-American elected to that position. And because when Jen saw her on CNN at the Texas Democratic Debate last week, she was, like, “Damn, how did Ming-Na get time away from managing a boy band to talk politics?!?”
Kim is up for a tough re-election in May. She is not well-liked in Austin, and several critics have called her “arrogant.” We don’t doubt it, and, oh, who the fuck cares?