Washington Journal Archive

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    Meow if the Cat is White or Black

    CHIU VS. THE GUARDIAN: There’s a classic saying on political pragmatism attributed to Deng Xiaoping: “It doesn’t matter whether a cat is white or black, as long as it catches mice.” Evidently, the cat’s color does matter for Board of Supervisors President David Chiu as he broadens […]

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  • Asian Pacific Americans During the Great Depression

    Asian Pacific Americans During the Great Depression

    As we begin 2009, economists tell us that we are officially in a recession. Some say we are heading into the worst economic conditions since the global Great Depression that lasted from 1929 until the Second World

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  • Spam Musubi

    Spam Musubi

    I can officially confirm that Barack Obama will be our first Asian Pacific American president. Not only does he have an Indonesian American half-sister, a Chinese Canadian brother-in-law, several APA staffers, many APA friends and years spent living in Hawai‘i and Indonesia, but he and […]

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  • APA Person of the Year: Swati Dandekar

    APA Person of the Year: Swati Dandekar

    2008 was a year when Asian Pacific Americans came into their own politically. Barack Obama was elected with significant Asian Pacific American support, and each of the other top contenders also had APA supporters, staffers or both.

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  • Human Rights at 60

    Human Rights at 60

    On Dec. 10, 1948, the United Nations ratified the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It was a unique moment in time because the horrors of World War II were still fresh, but the polarization of the Cold War was not yet an impediment to global […]

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  • Calavera Highway

    Calavera Highway

    It is fitting that Renee Tajima-Peña released Calavera Highway, just months before the victory of Barack Obama, a multi-racial, multi-cultural man. Every person is multi-cultural, a product of diverse influences that include race, religion, language, national origin, sexual orientation, social class and more.

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  • Celebrating Michi Weglyn

    Celebrating Michi Weglyn

    Author, researcher, costume designer, poet, painter and civil rights activist Michi Nishiura Weglyn died on April 25, 1999, at age 72, but her life continues to serve as an inspiration. As we approach the tenth

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  • Next Generation Leaders

    Next Generation Leaders

    Despite a decisive Democratic tidal wave on Nov. 4, the ninth annual Leadership Academy for Asian Pacific American Elected Officials that is run by the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS) continued its slow, steady, multi-partisan approach to growth this week. Three Republicans, […]

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  • Jobs, Parades and APA Studies

    Jobs, Parades and APA Studies

    Here in Washington, the excitement surrounding the Obama win continues, with inauguration-related event tickets being snapped up, and Obama Administration jobs being pursued by applicants from across the nation. A major gala by and for the Asian Pacific American community on Jan. 19, 2009, the […]

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  • What It All Means

    What It All Means

    At a polling place in Bethesda, Md., just outside D.C., someone had placed a life-sized cardboard figure of Barack Obama near a table staffed by Democratic Party activists on Election Day. As voters emerged from the polls, many of them stopped to have their picture […]

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