• Asian Latinos Are a Growing but Ignored Demographic

    A recent study from the UCLA Latino Policy and Politics Institute analyzed U.S. Census Bureau data within the last 20 years and from the American Community Survey 5-year estimates on population characteristics from 2010 and 2022. The study reveals that people in the U.S. who identify as Latino and Asian American or Pacific Islander, “AAPI Latinos,” rose from 350,000 to 886,000 in the period studied. The study also revealed that Asian or Pacific Islander Latinos primarily tended to be either Asian immigrants from Latin American or American-born citizens with both Latino and Asian American or Pacific Islander parents. According to the study, a third of Asian Latino Americans reside in California, followed next by Texas and Hawaii as the next highest.
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  • Asian Americans Could Be the Decision-Makers in Presidential Election

    Asian Americans form one of the fastest-growing demographics based on the 2020 U.S. Census, increasing by 81% (18.9 million people) between 2000 and 2019. Asian American voter turnout also increased by 47% in 2020. However, only half of Asian American voters were touched by Democrats and Republicans leading up to the 2022 midterm elections. Both Biden’s and Trump’s campaign are confident to win Asian American votes in 2024’s presidential election.
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  • Former Los Angeles Times Film Critic Wins Pulitzer Prize

    Justin Chang, a former Los Angeles Times film critic, was awarded a Pulitzer Prize early this month for his “richly evocative and genre-spanning film criticism that reflects on the contemporary moviegoing experience,” according to Pulitzer judges. Chang’s columns focused on films that he felt deserved praise due to their humanity, artistry and storytelling. Chang was a critic with the Los Angeles Times for about eight years.
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  • Asian American Woman Becomes the First AAPI White House Curator

    Hayashi Smith was announced as the new White House curator on May 1st, which is the start of Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. In her role, Smith will oversee the care of thousands of artifacts in the White House collection, oversee the cataloging and the preservation of everything from presidential portraits, furnishings and more. Originally from Wahiawa, Hawai'i, she has worked in the White House curator’s office since 1995, serving under five presidents since then.
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  • Filipino American WWII Veterans Posthumously Are Awarded Congressional Gold Medal

    Earlier this month, eight families of deceased Filipino American WWII veterans accepted the Congressional Gold Medal posthumously on their behalf in recognition of their bravery. The ceremony at the San Francisco National Cemetery was the 105th awarding ceremony since former President Barack Obama signed the law that formerly recognized the 250,000 Filipinos who fought on behalf of the United States in the Philippines. The ceremony also served as a remembrance of the Bataan Death March which took place 82 years ago in April of 1942.
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  • Ballet Program Seeks to Celebrate Asian Choreography and End Stereotypes

    Phil Chan and Georgina Pazcoguin started the Final Bow for Yellowface movement to end demeaning depictions of Asians in ballet. Their performance, “10,000 Dreams: A Celebration of Asian Choreography” will arrive to Northup. Chan and Pazcoguin’s aim is to eradicate stereotypical portrayals of Asian Americans in dance, and to share the wealth and talent and creativity of Asian dance in the United States.
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  • Orange County, California Has the Highest Increase of Korean-Born Residents

    The Census Bureau’s latest Foreign-Born Population in the United States report shows that 30.4% of Korean-born immigrants live in California. From this number, Orange County had the highest proportion of Korean-born residents with 2 out of every 100 residents, or 2.08%, followed by Los Angeles County with 1.39%, Santa Clara County with 1.24% and San Francisco County with 0.79%. The years studied for comparison were the years 2008-2012 and 2018-2022.
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  • Wisconsin Governor Signed Bill into Law to Add Hmong and AAPI History to Curriculum

    Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers signed a bill into law last week that will require public schools from kindergarten to 12th grade to teach Asian American and Hmong history. Governor Evers signed the bill in Wausau - where Hmong residents comprise of 12% of the population - at an elementary school, where the student body includes 29.7% of Asian American students. The governor says that he hopes the bill will promote greater awareness and understanding of the histories, cultures and tradition of the Hmong community and other Asian American diverse communities.
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  • California Governor Appoints Two Korean American Women Judges

    In early March, California Governor Gavin Newsom appointed Commissioner Grace A. Kim as Judge in the Los Angeles County Superior Court and Senior Deputy District Attorney Sophia Choi as a Judge in the Riverside County Superior Court. Judge Kim has experience as a clerk in the Los Angeles Superior Court from 2006-2007 and has served in the U.S. Department of Labor. Judge Choi was Deputy Counsel at the Riverside County Office from 2007 to 2020.
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  • Donation of $5 Million from Chinese American Brothers Has Roots from Kindness of Black Family

    In 1939, Gus and Emma Thompson, a Black couple in California, rented a home in Coronado to a Chinese American family, defying Anti-Asian segregation. 80 years later, Ron Dong and Lloyd Dong Jr., the sons of the Chinese American family, are donating a portion of the proceeds of the sale of the house to support Black college students at San Diego State University. In honor of the Thompsons, the university’s Black Resource Center will be renamed.
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    The Largest Asian American Theatre Group Welcomes New Artistic Director

    Lily Tung Crystal will join the largest Asian American theater group in the United States. Her role as the new artistic director is a welcome sign of progress and growth in developing AAPI talent in the theater.

  • May 28, 2024  |  0 Comments

    Chicago Celebrates AAPI Heritage Month

    Last week, ABC7Chicago aired a program that highlights the culture and contributions of Chicago’s Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. Pui Tak Center, built in 1928 and known as a historic landmark in Chinatown, served as the backdrop for the featured stories, one of which highlights the Ameya Performing Arts, a Bollywood dance company founded […]

  • May 28, 2024  |  0 Comments

    New President Elected of Wilshire Center-Koreatown Neighborhood Council 

    Bill Robinson, a Korean American who has served on the Wilshire Center-Koreatown Neighborhood Council (WCKNC) for more than eight years, was elected this month as the new president. The son of an African American father and a Korean American mother, Robinson has served the Koreatown community for more than 30 years.  His focus will be […]

  • May 28, 2024  |  0 Comments

    Asian Latinos Are a Growing but Ignored Demographic

    A recent study from the UCLA Latino Policy and Politics Institute analyzed U.S. Census Bureau data within the last 20 years and from the American Community Survey 5-year estimates on population characteristics from 2010 and 2022. The study reveals that people in the U.S. who identify as Latino and Asian American or Pacific Islander, “AAPI […]

  • May 21, 2024  |  0 Comments

    Dallas Celebrated Its First Asian Heritage Festival

    This past weekend, the city of Dallas celebrated its first ever Asian Heritage Festival and Dragon boat race. Originating in Asian, dragon boat racing has grown in popularity across North America, particularly in Texas. The Office of Arts and Culture for the City of Dallas has made it its mission to create experiences that strengthen […]

  • May 21, 2024  |  0 Comments

    AANHPI Judge is Confirmed for the U.S. District Court in New York 

    Sanket Bulsara is now the 35th AANHPI judge to be confirmed for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York under the Biden Administration. Before this, Bulsara made history as the first Indian American judge to serve on any court in the Second Circuit in 2017. 

  • May 21, 2024  |  0 Comments

    How Los Angeles County Became Home to the Biggest AAPI Communities in the Country 

    California is home to roughly 6 million Asians and Pacific Islanders with the seven Southern California counties accounting for half of the state’s AAPI population. AAPI communities have existed in Southern California since the 1800s, and whose first Asian settlers established ethnic enclaves such as Old Chinatown and Little Tokyo. Southern California is also home […]

  • May 21, 2024  |  0 Comments

    Asian Americans Could Be the Decision-Makers in Presidential Election

    Asian Americans form one of the fastest-growing demographics based on the 2020 U.S. Census, increasing by 81% (18.9 million people) between 2000 and 2019. Asian American voter turnout also increased by 47% in 2020. However, only half of Asian American voters were touched by Democrats and Republicans leading up to the 2022 midterm elections. Both […]

  • May 15, 2024  |  0 Comments

    Park Will Honor Asian Pioneers in California’s Great Delta Watershed

    Jean Yokotobi was born in a U.S. concentration camp during World War II and has been championing for the Asian American Heritage Park to honor and preserve the Asian American pioneers and Asian American history of Isleton. Isleton is home to one of California’s Japantowns and is located between the Sacramento River and the San […]

  • May 15, 2024  |  0 Comments

    Barbie’s Latest Doll Celebrates AAPI Month with New Doll to Honor AAPI Gold Medalist

    Kristi Yamaguchi was the first Asian American woman to win an Olympic gold medal in figure skating in 1992. To honor her, Barbie’s Inspiring Women Series released a doll in her likeness, timing the release to celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Yamaguchi is a role model for breaking down barriers for women […]

  • May 15, 2024  |  0 Comments

    Indian Americans Surpass Chinese Americans as the Largest Asian-Alone Population in the U.S.

    In the latest 2020 U.S. Census, there were 4.4 million people who identified as “Indian-alone,” which surpassed the “Chinese-alone” population. When multiracial identities are considered, Chinese is still the largest Asian group in the U.S. In this election year, many experts agree that winning the Indian American vote could make the difference for many candidates.

  • May 15, 2024  |  0 Comments

    Former Los Angeles Times Film Critic Wins Pulitzer Prize

    Justin Chang, a former Los Angeles Times film critic, was awarded a Pulitzer Prize early this month for his “richly evocative and genre-spanning film criticism that reflects on the contemporary moviegoing experience,” according to Pulitzer judges. Chang’s columns focused on films that he felt deserved praise due to their humanity, artistry and storytelling.  Chang was […]