• Austin lends help as mental distress twice as high for Asian American-Pacific Islanders here

    “There is a very rich denial of mental health needs in the Asian American community,” said Vince Cobalis, member and former chair of the Asian American Quality of Life Advisory Commission. “People don’t recognize that this is something that can actually be treated — people just say that’s the way they are.”
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  • Young Asian American DNC delegates aim to get out the vote, increase party representation

    Like most high school seniors this year, Victor Shi spent much of his time applying to colleges. But Shi, 18, was also focused on completing another important mission, one not typical for most teens — winning election as Illinois’ youngest delegate to the Democratic National Convention.
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  • Kamala Harris’ VP bid brings outpouring of pride among Indian Americans, a growing force in Democratic politics

    Atlanta lawyer Amol Naik was surprised by his emotional reaction to Joe Biden’s selection of Kamala Harris as his running mate. It’s not that Harris will be the first Black woman to be a major party’s vice presidential nominee; it’s that she will be the first Indian American. “I have just been moved by it in a way that I didn’t expect,” said Naik, whose parents immigrated from India to North Carolina. “It’s just really a remarkable thing that this could happen. It gives you a lot of faith in the country.”
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  • Kamala Harris is Joe Biden’s pick for vice president

    Joe Biden has named his onetime rival Kamala Harris as his running mate, the campaign revealed on Tuesday, elevating California’s junior senator as the first woman of color to appear on a major party’s presidential ticket.
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  • The 23-year-old major winner who’s made breaking records a habit

    As the PGA Championship entered its final day on Sunday and, at one point, six players shared the lead, all attention was on the usual suspects: Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson, Justin Rose. But it was a 23-year-old from Los Angeles, California, who separated himself from all the big hitters to claim his first major at just the second time of asking.
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  • Nov 24, 2020  |  0 Comments

    The Unexpected Toll Of Being Asian-American On Social Media During COVID-19

    Like everyone else, I charge my phone on my nightstand. Within minutes of waking, I reach for it and from the cozy warmth of my bed, I check my personal emails, respond to texts, look through my news alerts, dawdle over Instagram, and scroll through Facebook to see what’s been going on in my sphere […]

  • Nov 24, 2020  |  0 Comments

    Asian American swing state early and absentee voting increased 300%, more than any other group

    Early and absentee voting among Asian America and Pacific Islanders in swing states increased significantly this year thanks to in-person, online and text message efforts. In the 13 most contested presidential battleground states, AAPI early and absentee voting rose nearly 300 percent from 2016 — the fastest growth rate among all racial groups — according to the […]

  • Nov 24, 2020  |  0 Comments

    Isamu Noguchi Sculpture Is First by Asian American Artist to Enter White House Collection

    On Friday afternoon, without much fanfare, the White House revealed a surprise: an Isamu Noguchi sculpture had been acquired for its Rose Garden, making the work the first piece of art by an Asian American artist to enter the White House’s art holdings. The sculpture, titled Floor Frame (1962), features an angular abstract geometric form that appears to jut out of […]

  • Nov 17, 2020  |  0 Comments

    Hmong organizer sworn in as California APIA Affairs Commission’s first executive director

    Longtime Sacramento community organizer Nkauj Iab Yang was sworn in Monday as the first executive director of the California Commission on Asian Pacific Islander American Affairs. Born in Del Paso Heights to Hmong refugee parents, Yang has more than 10 years of experience in community organizing and policy advocacy for Sacramento’s AAPI community. Yang most […]

  • Nov 17, 2020  |  0 Comments

    Plenty of strong Asian American leaders to succeed Kamala Harris in Senate

    If there is a single state that embodies opportunity, it would be California. It was the first state to have two women U.S. senators at one time and also the first state to elect Asian American and Latino members to Congress. Now, California lays claim to the first vice president of the United States who […]

  • Nov 17, 2020  |  0 Comments

    South Asian Americans face disproportionately higher risks of heart disease, other cardiovascular ailments

    For years, Sharad Acharya’s frequent hikes in the mountains outside Denver would leave him short of breath. But a real wake-up call came three years ago when he suddenly struggled to breathe while walking through an airport. An electrocardiogram revealed that Acharya, a Nepali American from Broomfield, Colo., had an irregular heartbeat on top of […]

  • Nov 16, 2020  |  0 Comments

    What we know about who Asian American voters supported in the election

    Asian Americans — one of the deciding groups in key battleground states this cycle — voted predominately for President-elect Joe Biden, according to early exit polls. In a CNN survey, 61 percent of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) voters backed Biden compared to 34 percent who supported President Donald Trump. In the critical swing […]

  • Nov 16, 2020  |  0 Comments

    Miami Marlins hire Kim Ng as general manager. She’s the first woman and first Asian American GM in MLB history

    The Miami Marlins have hired Kim Ng to be the team’s new general manager, making her the first woman GM and first Asian American GM in Major League Baseball history. The organization says Ng is now the highest-ranking woman in MLB team operations and is believed to be the first woman hired as a GM to lead a professional […]

  • Nov 10, 2020  |  0 Comments

    ‘Parasite’ Triumphs At Asian Film Awards

    South Korean Oscar sensation Parasite was the big winner at this year’s Asian Film Awards, which were held today in an online format due to continued pandemic challenges. The movie won Best Film, Best Screenplay for co-writers Han Jin Won and director Bong Joon Ho, Best Production Design and Best Editing. Bong Joon Ho was pipped to the […]

  • Nov 10, 2020  |  0 Comments

    Asian Americans and the New Electorate

    Like many people, Donald Trump’s election to high office four years ago set me on a path of political redemption, penance for previously having been so apolitical. I wanted to be more engaged, not only on the volunteering front, but also in starting productive conversations about politics with my family members and close friends. Specifically, […]

  • Nov 10, 2020  |  0 Comments

    How Kristi Yamaguchi is Improving Literacy for Pacific Islander and Latino Kids Amid the Pandemic

    Kristi Yamaguchi has been busy during the pandemic. The Olympic-figure-skater-turned-philanthropist has been adapting to California’s remote-learning mandate in both her nonprofit work and her personal life. Yamaguchi’s Always Dream Foundation has been working to help increase the time kids spend reading during the coronavirus pandemic. The group provides tablets stocked with digital books, as well as internet access […]

  • Nov 03, 2020  |  0 Comments

    COVID-19 and Advancing Asian American Recovery

    The experiences of Asian Americans in the United States have been marked by a basic contradiction.1 At 20 million strong—nearly 6 percent of the US population—they are a powerful economic force: nearly two million Asian American–owned small businesses generate $700 billion in annual GDP and employ around 3.5 million people.2 Asian Americans have been part of the country’s […]