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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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Hails from: The East Bay, CA
Occupation: San Francisco District Attorney and California Attorney General candidate
Why She’s a Babe: SF District Attorney Kamala Harris is hot because she’s tough. She’s tough on gun felonies, child assaults, hate crimes, and violent crime in general. The only thing she isn’t tough on is, obvs, the eyes. She’s also the Queen of Firsts: the first woman elected District Attorney of San Francisco, the first African-American voted to that office in California, the first Indian-American to hold that position in the United States. And her next move? Becoming the first female Attorney General of the state of California in 2010.
To learn more about Kamala Harris’s 2010 campaign for CA Attorney General, go to her official website.
Become a fan of Kamala’s on Facebook here.
Filed under: Badasses, Blasians, California Attorney General Race 2010, East Bay, firsts, Kamala D. Harris, Kamala Devi Harris, Kamala Harris, Mixed People, San Francisco District Attorney, We Love Being First
Although no official announcement has yet been made, former Washington Guvna Gary Locke is almost a lock for Commerce Secretary. He would be the third person nominated for this position so far, after Bill Richardson and Judd Gregg, who both withdrew for different reasons.
If his appointment goes through, however, Locke, a third-generation American and the first Chinese-American governor in history, would be the first Chinese-American Commerce Secretary and the third Asian-American in Obama’s cabinet…which is the most reprzentasian we’ve had evarrr.
Did someone say something about being first and making history? Sweet.
India is #1 in Asia! Woohoo! Raise the roof!!!
#1 in spamming, that is (and #7 in the world). It’s estimated that 80% of emails sent from India are spam, and since most spam seems to be about enhancing one’s penis, I can only conclude that the second-most populous nation in the world just really really really wants you to turn your dick into a pleasure stick.
This past weekend, the North American box office had its worst showing in five years. Bangkok Dangerous, starring Nic Cage, came in first, though it’s considered a bomb, earning $7.8 million over three days. The film is directed by twin brothers Danny and the awesomely-named Oxide Pang (The Eye), the team who made the 1999 original.
The last film to come in at number one but earn less was Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star. Don’t remember that comedy gem? Yeah, well, that’s the idea. On a brighter note, I think I finally finally am beginning to understand the adage, “Winning Isn’t Everything.”
Hails from: Sacramento, CA
Occupation: Deputy Political Director of the California Democratic Party and the Young Democrats of America representative at the DNC
Known for: Being the first Asian-American to represent the YDA at the DNC; being the youngest superdelegate from California; serving two terms as President of the California Young Democrats; disliking the label “superdelegate”; being descended from grandparents who met in a Japanese-American internment camp during WWII; having a bitchin’ country-western star name.
Given that Strait’s bio is cluttered with “firsts,” “youngests,” and “bests,” we can’t think of a better person to reprzent Asian-Americans and young Dems in this country, even if she makes the rest of us look kinda lame by comparison. Do your thang, Miz Crystal!
The final table of the World Series of Poker Main Event was set yesterday in Vegas, and three of the remaining nine players gunning for the $9.12 million dollar purse are Asian. David “Chino” Rheem, 28, and Kelly Kim, 31, both of Los Angeles, CA, along with 39 year-old accountant Darus Suharto of Toronto, Canada, will compete on November 9-10 for the big prize.
Why are Asians so good at poker? Well, there are the obvious reasons: we’re good at math, we’ve been gambling since the beginning of time, and we’ve got “inscrutable” poker faces.
Oh, and we love love love to win.
Good luck, boys!
We just noticed one, in particular, declared on the Fanhouse site:
…and can we just say, color us impressed. As Jen always tells it, we love being first.
California began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples today for the first time since the state Supreme Court legalized gay marriage last month, and one of our favorite gaysians arrived early at the West Hollywood Park auditorium to get his:
Takei was THE FIRST person in West Hollywood this morning (which is sayin’ somethin’) to pay $70 for his marriage license. Cuz y’all know we love being first, especially when it comes to firsts.
Thanks, Jazzy J!