ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICANS IN THE NEWS
Asian American And Pacific Islander Turnout Helped Hand Biden Georgia
Reprinted from NPR: Full Episode on: https://www.npr.org/sections/biden-transition-updates/2020/12/04/942271036/asian-american-and-pacific-islander-turnout-helped-hand-biden-georgia
Remember Asian American Voters
By Rep. Grace Meng (D-N.Y.), Opinion Contributor — 12/08/20 03:00 PM EST
Without a doubt, Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) voters showed up in this 2020 election cycle.
We showed up in numbers never seen before. We showed up with an energy and fervor never experienced before. We showed up to be counted among the historic 80 million votes — the highest ever received by a winning presidential candidate. Most of all, we showed up to elect the first Black and Asian American woman as our next vice president — breaking down the highest glass and bamboo ceiling yet.
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Asian Americans are growing fastest in Nevada. Here's how they voted.
In Nevada, observers say, Filipino Americans illustrate the complexity of — and the need for nuance in — voter outreach efforts.
By Celeste Katz Marston
Reprinted from NBC News - Nov. 11, 2020, 8:31 AM PST
"TikTok Titas" in the Silver State may have helped Joe Biden win gold in this year's dramatic presidential election.
Older Filipina American women — known as "titas" — made a splash in Nevada in get-out-the-vote moments during the campaign, from vibrant car parades to popular TikTok clips. They're just one of a variety of Asian American and Pacific Islander groups that came out enthusiastically for Biden's campaign even amid the stress and unusual circumstances of the coronavirus pandemic, said Christian Bato, the Biden campaign's lead for AAPI outreach in Nevada.
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What You Can Do About Anti-Asian Violence
A new surge of anti-Asian attacks comes nearly a year after Covid spawned increased vitriol toward people of Asian descent across the country
Reprinted from ROLLING STONE MAGAZINE
Recent attacks on elderly Asian victims are at the center of a rising national dialogue about anti-Asian and Asian-American racism, with the latest incidents coming nearly a year after the coronavirus pandemic spawned increased vitriol towards people of Asian descent across the country.
Last month, 84-year-old Vicha Ratanapakdee died, two days after the Thai man was shoved to the ground while walking in San Francisco. Days later, a second incident saw a 91-year-old man violently attacked while walking in Oakland’s Chinatown, the latest in a string of reported physical attacks and robberies targeting Asian men and women in the Bay Area. On the other side of the country, photos of Noel Quintana quickly began circulating, after the 61-year-old Filipino-American was slashed in the face with a box cutter on the subway, the victim of a reported hate crime in New York City.
The long, ugly history of anti-Asian racism and violence in the U.S.
Reprinted from the WASHINGTON POST: https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2021/03/18/history-anti-asian-violence-racism/
Why This Wave of Anti-Asian Racism Feels Different
The author Cathy Park Hong sees the recent upsurge in violence as a turning point for Asian Americans.
Reprinted from THE ATLANTIC MAGAZINE: https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2021/03/cathy-park-hong-anti-asian-racism/
By Morgan Ome, Assistant Editor at The Atlantic
“The indignity of being Asian in this country has been underreported,” the poet and essayist Cathy Park Hong writes in Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning. Hong, 44, is the daughter of Korean immigrants and was raised in Los Angeles. Although she has written about race in her poetry, Minor Feelings is her first nonfiction book, a blend of memoir and cultural criticism. Her essays explore the painful and often invisible racial traumas that Asian Americans experience—traumas that have become impossible to ignore over the past year, as reports of anti-Asian racism and violence have increased.
Yesterday, a gunman killed eight people, six of whom were Asian women, at massage parlors in the Atlanta area. Hong told me by email that she was grateful to see an outpouring of sympathy from people outside the Asian American community, but also expressed the concern that police and commentators would downplay the significance of the event.
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