Daily Dose 07/20/2011

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NATIONAL

>>Felony Charges Dropped Against Japanese American’s Sexual Assault of TSA Officer

Mugshot of Yukari Miyamae

The sexual assault charges Yukari Miyame faced for grabbing and twisting the breast of a TSA officer in Arizona have been dropped, but she might still be left with a misdemeanor.

Miyame, a 61-year old Japanese American traveler, was at Sky Harbor International Airport’s terminal four checkpoint D when she became argumentative with a female TSA officer, and proceeded to grab and twist her breast, according to Phoenix Seargant Steve Marcos.

Miyamae’s was booked into Maricopa County Jail on one count of sexual abuse.

But according to a Maricopa County Attorney’s Office spokesperson Jerry Cobb, prosecutors dropped the case against Miyame because “the facts don’t rise to the level of felony.”

The story has gone viral, thanks to the strangeness of the case and the virtual cheers of countless other frustrated travelers who have described the post 9/11 screening process as ‘intrusive’. On Facebook, the page ‘Acquit Yukari Mihame’ has drawn more than 3,000 fans, many dubbing her the ‘modern day Rosa Parks.’

http://blogs.phoenixnewtimes.com/valleyfever/2011/07/tsa_titty-twister_yukari_miyam.php

>>6 Asian Americans running for Congress

2012 will not only be a big year for presidential hopefuls but also for Asian Americans in politics. Six Asian Americans across the nation have an early start on the race for US Congress and Senate, according to APA’sforProgress.com.

In California, Korean American Sukhee Kang has a reputation of strong leadership as the Mayor of Irvine, steering the city through a difficult economy, maintaining a good relationship with public schools, practicality as a businessman. Despite the highly conservative nature of the Orange County, Asian-Americans tend to vote across party lines, and political analysts say the democrat still has a good chance.

Japanese American Mark Takano, a Riverside Community College Board Trustee, has his eye on a proposed seat in the Inland Empire. A familiar name to local politics, Takano lost the race for the 42nd Congressional District 1992 and again during the general election in 1994, by a narrow margin of 550 votes. If Takano is elected in 2012, he would be the first openly gay Asian American in Congress.

With the anticipated retirement of Joe Lieberman, fiscal conservative William Tong of Stamford is running for his Senate seat. Currently a State Representative, Tong’s past legislative achievements include: allowing undocumented immigrants to pay the same in-state college tuition rates as Conneticut residents, making it law for people to register their lost or stolen firearms, and the implementation of a new criminal information technology system.

In Illinois, stiff competition lies ahead between two Asian Americans with deep ties to President Obama for the 8th District of Illinois. Thai American Tammy Duckworth resigned from her appointment as Obama’s former secretary of Veteran affairs.  Raja Krishnamoorthi an Indian American and former senior advisor to then Senator Obamas campaign, has run for State Controller and Lieutenant Governor. It will be a challenge for this highly valued congressional seat for both Duckworth and Krishnamoorthi, for the district’s 12% asian american population.

Former Edison, New Jersey Mayor Jun Choi is running for the state’s 7th Congressional District. Son of Korean immigrants, Choi’s reformist agenda as Edison’s mayor angered municipal, firefighters and police employees, key votes that will challenge his run for Congress.

With a push to educate the rising Asian American voting population, it will prove an interesting time for progressive Asian American political hopefuls.

http://www.apaforprogress.org/asian-americans-running-congress

BAY AREA/ENTERTAINMENT

>>Toast of the Town: Tech Edition on August 4th

Drink, and Mingle with the Bay Area’s high-tech industry innovators, entrepreneurs and at San Jose’s mixer Toast of the Town on August 4, 2011 at Koji Sake Lounge in San Jose.

Special guests include: Hung Nguyen, Vice President and Chief Engineer of AirKast; Thuc Vu, Co-Founder of Katango; Lam Tran, Founder of My Web Media; Andy Do, Founder of Embedded Works and Co-Founder of iAppThat; and Paul Pham, Product Development Director of OneVietnam.

The opportunity is totally free; just buy drinks or offer a donation at the door to support organization’s OneVietnam and South Bay First Thursdays opportunity to rub elbows and network with some of the nation’s most influential tech leaders.

http://events.mercurynews.com/san-jose-ca/events/show/199594146-toast-of-the-town-tech-edition

SPORTS

>>Will Yao Ming’s retirement hurt NBA’s expansion in China?

According to Sina Weibo, a Chinese Twitter-like site, 57 percent of people surveyed in China say they’ll stop watching the NBA when Yao Ming Retires. So is that the end of overseas branding in China?

The bleak outlook concerns the NBA, especially commissioner David Stern, according to Espn.com.
Yao’s career with Houston Rockets did more than expose basketball to China’s youth; It’s exposed them to new consumer products. Yao’s teammate Tracy McGrady’s jersey was a top seller in the country. And Chinese shoe companies such as Li Ning and PEAK used American players like Dallas Mavericks’ Jason Kidd and Los Angeles Lakers’ Ron Artest to legitimize their products within their own country.

Like many professional atheletes, Yao’s retirement is due to his physical wear and tear but the 7-foot, 6-inch NBA China ambassador may difficult to replace.

“With a basketball player’s height, a comedian’s humor, post-80s generation’s freshness… one does not know how many foreigners’ impressions of the Chinese he has changed,” ESPN.com quoted the Chinese Business Morning View as writing.

http://www.hoopsworld.com/Story.asp?story_id=20379#ixzz1SgCzif3

POLITICS

>>6 Asian Americans running for Congress

2012 will not only be a big year for presidential hopefuls but also for Asian Americans in politics. Six Asian Americans across the nation have an early start on the race for US Congress and Senate, according to APAforProgress.com.

In California, Sukhee Kang has a reputation of strong leadership as the Mayor of Irvine, steering the city through a difficult economy, maintaining a good relationship with public schools, practicality as a businessperson. Despite the highly conservative nature of the Orange County, Asian-Americans tend to vote across party lines, leaving political analysts to say that the democrat still has a good chance.

Mark Takano, a Riverside Community College Board Trustee, has his eye on a proposed seat in the Inland Empire. A familiar name to local politics, Takano lost the race for the 42nd Congressional District 1992 and again during the general election in 1994, by a narrow margin of 550 votes. If Takano is elected in 2012, he would be the first openly gay Asian American in Congress.

With the anticipated retirement of Joe Lieberman, fiscal conservative William Tong of Stamford is running for his Senate seat. Currently a State Representative, Tong’s past legislative achievements include: allowing undocumented immigrants to pay the same in-state college tuition rates as Conneticut residents, making it law for people to register their lost or stolen firearms, and the implementation of a new criminal information technology system.

In Illinois, stiff competition lies ahead between two Asian Americans with deep ties to President Obama for the 8th District of Illinois. Thai American Tammy Duckworth resigned from her appointment as Obama’s former secretary of Veteran affairs. Raja Krishnamoorthi an Indian American and former senior advisor to then Senator Obamas campaign, has run for State Controller and Lieutenant Governor. It will be a challenge for this highly valued congressional seat for both Duckworth and Krishnamoorthi, for the district’s 12% asian american population.

Former Edison, New Jersey Mayor Jun Choi is running for the state’s 7th Congressional District. Son of Chinese immigrants, Choi reformist agenda as Edison’s mayor angered municipal, firefighters and police employees, key votes that will challenge his run for Congress.

With a push to educate the rising Asian American voting population, it will prove an interesting time for progressive Asian American political hopefuls.

http://www.apaforprogress.org/asian-americans-running-congress

 

 

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Natalie Schrik is a Filipino Dutch American living in San Francisco