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T.M.A. Too many Asians. It’s a concern discussed in hushed tones or coded language. Not in the fields of government, pro sports or Hollywood movies, but rather in the case of high school and college admissions — most frequently, at America’s most elite educational institutions.

At Harvard, the 2011-’12 incoming class was 18% Asian American. It was the same percent at Princeton, Stanford and Columbia. At Yale, it was 15% and at the University of Michigan, 13%. A purely merit-based analysis suggests these numbers should be higher. But that would be T.M.A.

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Crossposted at Asian Pacific Americans for Progress:

2012 is turning into a watershed year for marriage equality. In just the past few weeks, there's been a lot of developments on the fight for equality. If all goes well, by November, LGBT Americans could have access to marriage in four additional states. (Of course, there would still be discrimination on the federal level, thanks to DOMA.) Here's a quick rundown:

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Crossposted at Asian Pacific Americans for Progress.

The Washington State legislature begins debate on a marriage equality bill tomorrow. It's a bill that, if passed, would make Washington the seventh state to offer equal marriage rights to its gay and lesbian citizens on a state level. (Full equal rights will require the removal of the federal-level Defense of Marriage Act.)

The bill has the support of soon-to-be outgoing Governor Christine Gregorie as well as large margins in the Assembly and the general publlc. However, the last hurdle remains the state's Senate where the Democrats hold a solid majority, but where several conservative Democrats have been silent on the issue. The Senate is one vote shy of the 25 votes it needs to pass in the 49-member body.

One Senator who has not signaled his intentions is Asian American Paull Shin who represents a solidly Democratic district.

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crossposted at widelantern.com

I live in Los Angeles now, but Southeastern Michigan will always be my hometown.  I am a fourth-generation Michiganian, born and raised there.  For many years, my family ran the popular Chung’s Restaurant on Cass Avenue in Detroit.  Living in the suburbs, I went to Troy High, where I received a great education.  There, I was elected Senior Class President and President of the National Honor Society.  I graduated from the University of Michigan, earning a degree in creative writing.

I sometimes think about moving back to the metro Detroit area to help revitalize the city.  But then I read about people like Janice Daniels, the new mayor of Troy, saying on Facebook, “I think I am going to throw away my ‘I Love New York’ carrying bag now that queers can get married there,” and I realize the idea of moving back is just a fantasy.

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crossposted at Widelantern.com

I can’t say I’m surprised by this.

Yesterday, Reuters featured an article on the lack of progress made on the diversity front at Comcast-NBCU. If you recall, as part of the efforts to get their merger approved in Congress, they made a big deal about increasing the profile of people of color in their company and launching eight independent cable networks including four under African-American control. They even bought the support of a lot of people of color organizations to send glowing press releases about it. But what has happened since then?

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Mon Jun 20, 2011 at 09:05 AM PDT

Vincent Chin... Vincent Who?

by Writestuff

Childhood memories can be extremely selective. Why do we remember certain faces, places and sounds while forgetting others? And how do we organize these memories into convenient boxes that help us define who we are and how we perceive ourselves?

As an Asian American growing up in Detroit in the 70′s and 80′s, my life seemed to exist in two worlds, each with their own set of memories: school and work.

In school, where the majority of people were either black or white, my strongest memories are of being pulled out of class and being put in a remedial English class, even though my family spoke English at home and we had been in this country for several generations. At the same time, I was being placed in the advanced math classes even though I sucked at math. I sometimes think I became a writer as a big FU to these teachers.

Meanwhile, growing up at my family’s Chinese restaurant, the majority of people I saw were Asian. I remember roaming the streets of Chinatown with my cousins, searching for enough cans and bottles so we could go play Donkey Kong, excelling at mah jong, and attending the annual Lunar New Year festival and watching tinikling for hours, thinking it was Chinese.

When Vincent Chin was killed, these two distinct worlds collided.

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Crossposted at APAforProgress where this week we have a series of posts on Asian Americans and the judiciary.

Professor Goodwin Liu's nomination to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit will be voted on by the US Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday, May 13, 2010.

Professor Goodwin Liu’s nomination to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit will be voted on by the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday, May 13. You can support him by calling Senate Judiciary Committee members this week at 202-224-3121 and asking them to vote for Professor Liu.

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Crossposted at Asian Pacific Americans for Progress.

If you haven't yet read The Political Brain by Drew Westen, you should. It's a book, based on well-established psychological principles, on how the Democrats consistently lose the messaging wars with Republicans. In a nutshell, the book argues that Dems constantly frame their arguments in dry, coldly rational policy language while Reps use evocative, emotion-laden terms designed to prime their audience's brains.
Rumor was that the Dems were taking this book very seriously. But if they ever took it to heart, they seem to have forgotten the lessons already. How else can you explain their complete, dismal failure to win the message wars on health care?

So here are 3 predictions on how the Dems will continue to lose the message wars.

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Crossposted (and edited) from Asian Pacific Americans for Progress.

Today is the big day to decide which Democratic contender will replace the irreplaceable Senator Ted Kennedy.  Voters must choose between four highly qualified Democrats, each with a different field of specialty, but all competing to continue Kennedy's progressive legacy.  Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley brings a distinguished career as a legal advocate.  Alan Khazei, co-founder of City Year, also worked with Bill Clinton to develop AmeriCorps.  Michael Capuano is in his sixth term as U.S. Congressman for the 8th District of Massachusetts, representing Cambridge, Somerville and much of Boston.  Steve Paglicua offers business expertise as managing director of the private equity firm, Bain Capital, and co-owner of the Boston Celtics.

Asian Pacific Americans for Progress, a national network of progressive Asian Americans and allies that came out of the Dean campaign, contacted the four campaigns, all of whom agreed to answer questions on progressive and Asian issues and here are their answers (in the order they were received). We hope they will help you make your decisions!  

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Crossposted at Asian Pacific Americans for Progress.

At Dailykos this weekend, there was an interesting post by DesmoinesDem entitled, "Why Jews are Liberal and Norman Podheratz is wrong as usual." This made me wonder how his analysis would fit in the context of the Asian American community.

I'll address each of his arguments and offer my own thoughts on why Asian Americans are the only racial group to increase their Democratic vote in every Presidential election since 1980 and why the upcoming immigration debate will only hasten this move to the Democratic Party.

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Crossposted at Asian Pacific Americans for Progress

Support Rob Miller.

If you didn't know, Congressman Wilson (South Carolina - R) shouted "You lie!" at the President of the United States of America during a joint session of Congress.  South Carolina Democratic party chair Carol Fowler commented, "Never has any member of Congress shown such disrespect for the president during a speech" (CNN)  FYI, you can contribute to Wilson's midterm election opponent -- Rob Miller has a decent shot at winning in 2010.

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Crossposted at Asian Pacific Americans for Progress:

Under the nation’s first African American President and U.S. Attorney General, a much welcomed reinvigoration of our federal government’s commitment to civil rights is underway.  As a civil rights advocate, I applaud the DOJ’s refocusing on civil rights and urge that the DOJ’s Civil Rights division, which was established in 1957 during the era of massive civil rights changes, reprioritize its original mission of fighting racial discrimination.

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