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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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Jeremy Lin is bringing Linsanity to Houston (much to Jen’s delight), and to the cover of GQ magazine’s November issue. [GQ]
George Takei wrote in memory of Matthew Shepard for National Coming Out Day, which was October 11. [That Blog Is So Takei!]
Democratic candidate for Congress Tammy Duckworth and Republican congressman and Tea Party favorite Joe Walsh squared off in what became a heated debate on October 9. Duckworth is the challenger in the race to represent Illinois’ eighth congressional district. [Chicago Tribune]
As long as we’re talking about politics, you’ve already registered to vote, right? If you haven’t, please accept my official stamp of DISGRASIAN DISAPPROVAL and then go register already. [18 Million Rising]
New York taxi driver Mansoor Khalid is the sweetest man in town. Inspired by memory of his 2-year-old son, who died in April from heart disease, he keeps sweet treats to give to passengers of his “NYC Candy Cab.” [New York Daily News]
Our pal Molly Lambert is serious about her admiration for comedic actress Olivia Munn. [Grantland]
This is no laughing matter, though: some women in Hong Kong have died after having a beauty procedure that’s actually meant to treat cancer patients. [Jezebel]
Thank Apple and their new Maps app for showing us all where where Taiwan’s secret military installations are. [Shanghaiist]
British Sign Language signers will no longer use slanted eyes to indicate a Chinese person, nor point to their foreheads for a person from India. [Daily Mail]
So there’s this vest that will hug you whenever someone likes a photograph, video, or status update on your Facebook wall, and I want one, so somebody get me this for Christmas or my birthday, okay? [Melissakitchow.com]
Is it just me, or is this billboard advertising jewelry in India with, you know, an actual live lady trapped in a huge necklace, kinda creepy? [BuzzFeed]
Episode one of Eddie Huang’s video series for Vice, “Fresh Off the Boat,” is up, and it looks delicious and awesome. [YouTube]
Ashley Quach illustrated a beautiful tribute to her old college pal, Grace Lee, who is on life support after being diagnosed with a brain tumor. Until very recently, Lee wanted to be taken off life support in opposition to her parents’ wishes. [Sassquach]
“I doubt someone like Fisher would understand how her background made it easier for her to be a competitive college candidate in the first place.” An Ebony magazine op-ed considers affirmative action, discrimination, and Abigail Fisher, whose case against the University of Texas at Austin is currently being heard by the Supreme Court. [Ebony]
14 year old Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai is in stable condition after being shot in the head by Taliban gunmen last week. She was targeted for being a vocal supporter of education for girls in her country. [India Today]
While President Obama was the victor in the second presidential debate with GOP candidate Mitt Romney, Romney’s comment about requesting “binders full of women” is a viral hit on the internet. BuzzFeed rounded up their 23 best Twitter jokes. [BuzzFeed]
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There’s an online petition and grassroots campaign underway to convince Obama to appoint Iraq War veteran, Army Major Tammy Duckworth, his Secretary of Veterans’ Affairs. You may remember Duckworth from the DNC, where she identified herself as Asian-American (she is half-Thai from her mother’s side), a Daughter of the American Revolution, the daughter of an immigrant, a female helicopter pilot, a veteran, and a “wounded warrior.” The Illinois National Guard member–who still serves on weekends–lost both her legs and some of her right arm after the Black Hawk she was co-piloting was shot down in Iraq in 2004. You cannot read her story without tearing up and thinking that your life struggles are totally inane by comparison. She’s the perfect person for the job.