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Ed Lee and Jerry Sandusky: one winner, one loser

Before we get on to juicier matters, it’s still worth trumpeting Ed Lee’s victory as the first elected Asian American mayor in San Francisco and what it means to our country, isn’t it? I admit, it…

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Ed Lee’s Ranked Choice High in San Francisco

If it weren’t for Ranked Choice Voting, we’d have a runoff in San Francisco between the top two vote getters, interim Mayor Ed Lee and Supervisor John Avalos. How conventional. Instead, Lee gets to…

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Does it really matter if San Francisco gets its first elected Asian American mayor?

If you are one of the 17.3 million Asian Americans living in the U.S. with even a slight interest in any kind of politics, besides the Herman Cain sexual harassment allegations, it’s hard to imagine…

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Oakland on display: City pays price to occupy the First Amendment

For nearly 24 hours, Occupy Oakland had contributed another chapter to the ongoing national Occupy Wall Street movement with mostly peaceful demonstrations on Wednesday, powered by a general strike,…

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Voting rights violations in San Francisco Mayoral election?

San Francisco’s mayoral election was supposed to be a showcase of Asian American political empowerment never before seen in the continental U.S. A bevy of Asian American politicians to choose from may…

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It happened in Vegas: When Mitt puts his mitts on Perry

While watching this week’s Western Republican Debate in Las Vegas via CNN, I kept looking for Asian American faces, if not content. After all, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are the fastest…

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When Democracy Meets Diversity

Sometimes I think the biggest barrier to democracy is the franchise itself, voting. I mean everything from the physical act of casting a ballot (whether it be using a black marker, an old fashioned…

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Occupied or self-occupied? Thoughts on America’s anti-corporate protest

Watching on TV this weekend, I saw a video clip of the 700 arrests made on the Brooklyn Bridge. In a quick five-second shot, I saw at least one Asian American face among the protestors. Was it yours?…

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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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