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Trailblazers among Asian American Election Winners

Democratic Congressman-elect Ted Lieu is the first Asian American 

to represent California’s 33rd Congressional district in Los Angeles, California.

By Jennie L. Illustre Three stunning news greeted Asian Americans who stayed up late during the Nov.4 midterm elections, or woke up the morning after. First, many Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) from both parties made history at the federal, state and local levels. Second, there were more Asian American Republican winners than Democratic victors. Third, Asian Americans voters …

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APA Youth Launch National Immigration Road Tour


Several Asian American and Pacific Islander undocumented youths, members of Congress, and National AAPI leaders convened on July 31 on the steps of the U.S. Capitol Building to raise awareness for immigration reform. The youths, recently approved under DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, demonstrated at the House Triangle today as part of their nine-city tour, “DREAM Riders: Road …

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Immigration Reform Coalition Vows to Keep Fighting to Reunite Families


By Jennie L. Ilustre Washington, D.C.–Asian American advocates and families, in a coalition with Latin American and African American labor, civil rights and multi-faith leaders across the country, vowed to keep fighting for family reunification visas at a highly-energized rally held on June 5 at the Capitol (Congress). “If you are for justice, make some noise,” said African American national …

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HealthCare.Gov Provides Tools to Help AAPIs Get Health Insurance

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  The  stereotype that casts Asian Americans as a “model minority group” fails to account for the fact that, like other ethnic and minority groups in the United States, AAPIs suffer disproportionately from chronic diseases such as hepatitis B, diabetes, heart disease and cancer. AAPIs are also the least likely among all racial groups to receive routine mammograms and pap …

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Senate Passes Landmark Immigration Bill


Washington, DC – On Thursday evening, July 27, 2013 the Senate passed a bipartisan immigration reform bill that would rewrite the country’s immigration system. The bill would allow the nation’s unauthorized immigrants to get temporary legal status after they passed a criminal background check, paid a fine and paid whatever back taxes they had outstanding. If they successfully maintained a …

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Representative Tammy Duckworth Praises “iPads for Soldiers”

Photo Credit: Tony Powell

Washington, DC – It can be lonely to serve your country while you’re abroad, away from all your friends and family. Diageo, a global premium drinks company, has donated funds to iPads for Soldiers, a nonprofit organization that has provided iPads to hundreds of servicemen abroad so that they can connect with their families. To date the iPads for Soldiers program …

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U.S.-China Relations Complex, Will Remain So

Above: (L-R) Michael Marshall, editor emeritus at United Press International listens to U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen, co-chair of the congressional US-China Working Group, as he discusses the long-term vision for U.S.-China relations.

By Michelle Phipps-Evans Forty years ago an American president who had built his political career as a hard-line anti-Communist shocked the world by opening doors between the U.S. and China. Richard Nixon went further, personally visiting the Asian giant in a trip which produced the “Shanghai Communiqué,” a statement of foreign policy views gingerly worked out between the two nations. …

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