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THE ASIAN HERALD 코리안헤럴드 (p1) Established : July 1993 V19-10 Monthly (p13) (p18) October, 2012 Email: Publisher / Editor Asian Herald offers an opportunity to reach 338,000 Asian-American readers from the Korean, Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, Filipino, Indonesians, Thai, Laos and Indian communities in the Carolinas. Publisher:Ki-Hyun Chun, Ph.D, LL.D, CCIM, CPA Editor : Sunny Chun,MA,LL.D, Writer : Lisa Chun, J.D. Writer at Large: Daniel Chun, M.AC. CPA, J.D. Writer at Large: Lena Chun, J.D. Writer at Large: Andrea Lee Advertising Director: Ilyoul Jeong Public Relationship : Roxanna L Dimitriu Reporters and Columnists: English : Roxanna 704-332-5656 Chinese: Jack Wang 704-364-8887 Filipino: Nini Bautista, Ph.D 704-408-9513 Indian: Nimish Bhatt 704-491-1186 Korean: Ilyoul Jeong 704-332-5656 Thai: Sana Louis 704-877-9404 Vietnamese: Phan Canh 704-737-9667 1339 Baxter St. Suite 200 Charlotte, NC. 28204 Tel : (704)334-3450 Fax : (704)332-9373 Law Offices of Benjamin M. 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E-mail: Democracy Empowering Asian American 민주주의를 향한 미주아시안의 열정 民主賦權亞裔美國人 During the Democratic National Convention (DNC), the Asian Herald Library, in conjunction with the Carolinas Asian American Chamber of Commerce, held an event to give Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) delegates, journalists, volunteers, community leaders and visitors the chance to connect and interact with leaders of 13 AAPI communities in Charlotte. The local leaders were able to represent the AAPI perspective of Charlotte and North Carolina to the other delegates who mostly come from states with traditionally large Asian American populations like California and New York. The event, the AAPI Delegates Meet & Greet, was held at Emzy Sushi inside of the Duke Energy Center in uptown Charlotte. Over 250 people came to enjoy the delicious food that was prepared by the restaurant’s owner, John Chen, to meet important AAPIs from all over the country, and to hear distinguished AAPI government officials speak about the convention and Asian Americans today. A record number of AAPI delegates, over 300, attended the convention to nominate the Democratic Presidential candidate this year. Although the AAPI Delegates Meet & Greet was held at the same time as several other meetings, Emzy sushi, about a 10 minute walk from the Charlotte Convention Center, was packed with people from the beginning to the end. As John Lin, a blogger for the Asian American interest blog put it, “this was a who’s who of Asian American leaders.” The speakers included Mark Keam, a member of the Virginia House of Delegates representing the 35th District; Chris Lu, Cabinet Secretary and Advisor to President Obama, Chris Lu; Steve Rao, first Asian American elected to public office in North Carolina, Morrisville Town City Council; Congresswoman Dr. Judy Chu, Chairwoman of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) and Former Secretary of Transportation and former Mayor of San Jose, California Norman Mineta. Also in attendance was the first Asian American mayor of San Francisco Ed Lee; Congressional candidates Otto Lee and Jay Chen; City Council members Evan Low and Ash Kara (for Campbell and San Jose, California, respectively); Mike Fong, East Area Director and Senior Liaison to Asian Pacific Islander Community to Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa; and California State Controller, John Chiang, who is running for California State Treasurer in 2014. The speakers educated us on the history of Asian Americans in our government. Norman Mineta, the “Godfather of Asian American politics,” has been a part of most of it as it happened. Remarking on the past, he said, “I am just thrilled because the first convention to in 1972, there were two (AAPIs) delegates, both of the California delegation. There were over 300 (AAPI) delegates in this convention and that is the product of the hard and toiling work of a lot of people.” Asian Americans have had an increasing presence in Congress as well. Currently there are 41 members of the congressional APA caucus. When it was formed in 1994, there were only 4 members. “There were so few of us that we could meet in a phone booth” said Secretary Mineta. More are to come. Today, there are a record number of Asian Americans running for Congress, most of whom are Democrats. Asian Americans are breaking through in appointed positions and in the White House logo design, marketing materials, web design, video editing and animation as well. In this administration, there are more Asian Americans in highly appointed positions than in any previous administration including eight federal district and circuit judgeships and three presidential cabinet members. These positions are important because as Karen Narasaki, president and executive director of the Asian American Justice Center points out, “that’s where the action is.” Chris Lu, one of the highest ranking Asian Americans in the White House as liaison between President Obama and his cabinet members says, “When there’s a more inclusive America, Asian Americans succeed.” Chris Lu was a former classmate of President Obama in Harvard Law School and points out that it was Asian American pioneers that came before that broke through the glass ceiling. “It speaks to the strength of this country,” he said toward the end of his speech. It is no mystery why Asian Americans are becoming a larger player in American politics. According to the most recent census data, there are 18.3 million AAPIs in the country. 4.7 million AAPIs are registered to vote. AAPIs are the fastest growing group in the nation, particularly in the battle ground states. Congresswoman Judy Chu, the first Chinese American Congresswoman said that “this means we can make a huge difference in the election. AAPIs have huge potential to make a difference in this election because we have visible leaders in the White House, in Congress, in the state legislatures, and in the local communities.” This is important because it allows the Asian American perspective to be heard at the top levels of this country. Secretary Mineta reminded us that “if you’re not at the table when decisions are being made, you are going to be left out. There are issues in education, immigration and health, all of these issues that we have our perspective continue to page 3

Asian Herald - October 2012 Issue

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