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2011
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The Republicans’ Perry problem and a new trend-Conservatives embrace illegal immigration

Texas Governor Rick Perry’s blessing and curse is he’s George W. Bush’s protege. If you liked the cowboy boots on W., you’ll love them on Perry. He’s got real dung on those Tony Llamas. On the other…

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“Don’t ask, don’t tell” bad for the military, but good enough for civilian life-and “Anderson”

Any time government-sanctioned discrimination ends in America is cause for celebration. That’s the real reason for the big hurrah over the official death of the military’s “Don’t ask, don’t tell”…

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Emergency chute needed, even for Asian Americans

Where’s the Flip Cam when you need it? Imagine this scene: 78-year-old Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg sliding down an emergency chute as she evacuates a troubled jet at D.C.’s Dulles…

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Taking the leap: the horror and the love of 9/11

I had dinner there a number of times. I’d seen the view. I just can’t imagine people leaping from the World Trade Center towers. For me, that’s the lingering and most horrific image of 9/11. A…

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With Goodwin Liu, Asian Americans now the majority on California’s highest court-but is diversity the winner?

There’s a hard way and an easy way. And in the end Goodwin Liu took the easy way. Who could blame him after the nearly two years of being a political football in Washington? Today, Liu, the embattled…

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Is America ready for its next revolution? Grace Lee Boggs thinks so

This week began with rebels taking Tripoli. From the sound of it, President Obama loves a revolution: “Your courage and character have been unbreakable in the face of a tyrant,” Obama said to the…

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David Chiu’s fundraising in New York? Of course, he is

David Chiu, president of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, is in New York Friday to seek funds for his San Francisco mayoral run. I’m actually surprised he’s doing it. He’s already raised more…

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“Downgrade pain” courtesy of our political class

If you’re depressed over the debt downgrade from Standard & Poor’s, relax. America needn’t act like an Asian American student who got her first B in math. You still got into Brown, right? See,…

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Bad Deal, Still Bad Economy

After the debt ceiling deal was announced, I kept thinking about a phrase that is said about Asian Americans, a minority in every sense of the national political calculus, especially after our…

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Farewell to Tigger Wu

Asian Americans as a group are known both for their political anonymity and scarcity. So anyone who can claim to be the first Chinese American to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives is a big…

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Deng’s Paw: Showing some claw in defense of her Murdoch

Rupert Murdoch’s in a fog. These days, at least from his testimony, the guy can’t tell the difference between a phone hack and a hack writer. But we do know for some time now he’s been suffering from…

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Affirmative action’s still kicking, but so is its nemesis, Ward Connerly

To this day, affirmative action as public policy–giving qualified minorities a chance to compete for college admissions, public jobs, and contracts–is not just a sentimental throwback. It remains the…

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Vargas, the Undocumented

As I set off my Chinese fireworks on the Fourth of July, thinking about freedom and independence and what it means to be American, I also had Jose Antonio Vargas on my mind. I hope he was celebrating…

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New York’s Same-Sex Victory Lifts the Parade

My 14-year-old daughter marched with the PETA float in San Francisco’s Pride parade Sunday, wearing a “Vegan Pride T-shirt” and passing out stickers and pamphlets to the thousands of onlookers. Not…

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The Koh-bama approach in Libya

President Obama seems intent on stretching the limits of our Orwellian disbelief. So here comes the $1 billion dollar question ($1 billion being the projected cost by September this year for whatever…

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Vincent Chin? Remembering Ronald Ebens-the guy who got away with murder

I’ve got my call into Ronald Madis Ebens. I’ve found him, heard his voice, and left my message on his answering machine. And when he calls me back, maybe he’ll say something to make us all feel…

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Scott Pelley, Anchorman

Scott Pelley begins his tenure this week as the anchor of the show that bears his name, “The CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley.” But I’m wondering, what if his name were Scott Pellicito or Scott…

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Shaq’s greatest slur and one more time for Goodwin

If only Shaquille O’Neal could have announced his retirement during Asian Pacific American Heritage Month in May. Then we could have really ended the month with a bang! O’Neal is in all likelihood the…

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Why President Obama shouldn’t give up on the Liu nomination

Whooping cranes are endangered, but there are still more of them than there are federal judges of Asian American descent, of which there are just fourteen. Asian Americans, 17 million strong and five…

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On Firsting, APA Heritage Month, and “Paper Tigers”

The month of May is more than half over, and if you haven’t boisterously greeted the next available warm body (of whatever sex, race or ethnic origin) with a loud and celebratory “Happy Asian Pacific…

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