Wednesday, November 14, 2018

UC Berkeley dean recommends renaming law school named after racist lawyer


BOALT SCHOOL OF LAW at the University of California, Berkeley is moving to ditch its name which has been connected to a racist past, reports the Recorder.

The law school is named for John Henry Boalt who is best known for playing a major role in the passage of the Chinese Exclusion Act, the first law in this country preventing an ethnic group from immigrating.

About 60 percent of Boalt current students and alumni supported dropping the name, while 40 percent argued passionately to retain it.

“I was moved by the many who wrote me expressing their discomfort with honoring someone who expressed vile racism, especially without anything to point to that would justify honoring him as an individual,” said Dean Erwin Chemerinsky who made the decision, reported the Los Angeles Times.

According to the Recorder, some 600 comments were received on this issue by the University. Chermerinsky can only remove the Boalt name from law school clubs and lecturer positions. It is up to the University chancellor to change the name of the building. 

Boalt, a Nevada attorney, never attended the university. The law school was named for him after his wife donated money to construct the law school building in 1906.

Berkeley lecturer and attorney Charles Reichmann floated the idea of a name change in 2017 in an op-ed piece in the San Francisco Chronicle.

"I think the relevant question was whether the Berkeley Law School of the 21st century wishes to honor someone whose greatest public legacy was working to exclude Chinese people from the United States, and whose only legacy to the law school was his money,” Reichmann said.

In a letter to students, faculty and alumni, Chernerinsky outlined his recommendations based on the findings of a committee that he created in 2017 to study the issue>
"1. We will recommend to the campus Building Name Review Committee that it de- name the wing of the building known as “Boalt Hall.” Removing the name of a building is ultimately a decision by the Chancellor and not one the law school can make on its own.

"2. There are many things within the law school that use the name Boalt. We will cease using the Boalt name for these. We encourage organizations within the law school to discontinue the use of the name “Boalt” in their organization names and activities. Many already have done this. For example, lecturer positions (as distinct from the professorships mentioned above) named for the Boalts will be renamed in honor of our recent deans: Jesse Choper, Herma Hill Kay, and Christopher Edley.

"3. We will take additional steps to ensure that Elizabeth Josselyn Boalt and her generosity continue to be recognized. We also will take steps to ensure that the racism underlying the Chinese Exclusion Act be remembered. I will provide more details about this in the months ahead."
Views From the Edge contributed to this report. 

New Jersey's Andy Kim joins the Blue Wave in Congress

AFTER ALL the votes were counted in New Jersey's District 3, will be the first Korean American to serve in Congress since 1999. 

Kim was so sure of his victory that he declared himself winner over incumbent GOP Rep. Tom MacArthur the morning after the Nov. 6 midterm elections. However the vote was so close, that the final results could not be officially called until today (Nov. 14) over a week later.

MacArthur conceded later Wednesday (Nov. 14). “Tonight, I called Congressman-Elect Andy Kim to congratulate him on his victory," the two-term congressmember wrote in his statement. "Enough provisional ballots have been counted to make the outcome clear. My staff and I will work with him to ensure a smooth transition in every way."

On the other side of the continent, the news was not so good for Republican Young Kim in California's District 39. If Kim was elected, would have become the first Korean American woman elected to Congress. That seems unlikely as yesterday, her election night lead was whittled down to only 122 votes over Democrat Gil Cisneros. Poll watchers predict Cisneros to take the lead by Thursday (Nov. 15).

The first Korean American in Congress was Republican Rep. Jay Kim representing parts of Orange County. He served several terms until 1999.

Andy Kim, 36, the first Asian American to represent New Jersey in Congress, has never run for elected office. He's an alum of the Obama administration where he worked at the White House as a civilian advisor on the National Security Council.

Even though Kim was born in the U.S., some of MacArthur's PACs tried to paint him as an "other." A Republican Party super PAC sent out a flyer saying "He's not one of us."

One of the flyers sent in support of MacArthur featured a picture of fish heads (alluding to a racial slur against Asians) that said "there's something fishy about Andy Kim." In some versions, a font, known as "chop suey" was used.

“Some fish on a piece of paper is suddenly racist? What is racist about a picture of fish? Now we’re politicizing fonts? It’s not a racist font, it’s a font meant to stand out,” MacArthur said to editors of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Kim tried to steer away from the racial attacks to not antagonize the mostly white district and tried to stick to the issues.

Kim reminded voters that MacArthur drafted an amendment to the Senate attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, that allowed insurance to refuse coverage to pre-existing conditions. That version was voted down with the late Sen. John McCain's dramatic thumbs down.

Andy Kim joins the so-called Blue Wave of Democrats gaining the majority of seats in the House of Representatives. The Democrats needed 23 districts to flip from Republican to Democrat. With Kim's apparent win, the number of Red-to-Blue districts number 33 and there are a few more Democrat-leaning districts awaiting voting results.

Glamour includes Kamala harris and Chrissy Teigen among 'Women of the Year'

GLAMOUR MAGAZINE announced Monday (Nov. 12) that Sen. Kamala Harris and Chrissy Teigen were among the magazine's Women of the Year.
Often mentioned as a possible presidential candidate in 2020, the California senator said she would reveal her intentions after the Midterm elections.

In the last few months, she has been barnstorming the country on behalf of Democratic candidates, raising funds for the Democrats and at the same time, sowing the seeds for a possible presidential campaign in the form of IOUs from those same candidates and generating media buzz everywhere she goes.

When she got up to accept her award, Harris pleaded with those watching to take their frustration to the polls, inspiring the room to take action and ultimately leaving the ball in the voters' court.

Read her full awards speech, below:

"I will say, looking across the honorees tonight, there is one thing that I think we know that they and you all have in common with each other, and it is something that this country needs more of. And that is to speak truth. And have leaders who speak truth. Here's the thing about truth: The truth and speaking it is a powerful thing. And speaking truth can often make people quite uncomfortable. But if we are going to be a country that engages in honest conversations with the point of getting beyond where we are and seeing what we can be unburdened by what we have been, we must speak truth—and speak the truth uncomfortable and difficult though it may be to hear.

"The honorees tonight speak the truth. You have spoken the hard truth about unchecked criminal sexual abuse and held a perpetrator accountable and demanded accountability. You have spoken a truth that needs to be spoken and shown so much courage in doing that.

"You speak the truth, the honorees tonight, about the need for women—particularly women of color—to be seen and heard and for their stories to be told, from the Senate floor to movie sets to concert stages. You speak the truth. You speak the truth. You speak the truth about gun violence. You speak the truth [about what] tears our communities apart and takes away our children, from Parkland to Chicago to South Los Angeles. You've been speaking those truths. You speak the truth about America's history—in all of its greatness and in all of its complexity. And you have spoken the truth about the right of self-determination for every woman across the globe. And that is what we need at this moment.

"This is an inflection moment, I believe, in the history of our country. This is a moment where there are powerful forces trying to sew hate and division among us. And if we're going to deal with where we are in this inflection moment, we must speak all these truths. And one of the most significant and important truths right now is also that the vast majority of us have so much more in common than what separates us. Let's speak and own that truth, in particular in the face of those who are trying to have us point fingers at each other and divide us. Let's speak these truths.
"The final point I'll make is this: In this inflection moment in the history of our country, this is a moment, yes, these truths must be spoken. We need to bring folks together. Let's also recognize this moment will pass. At some moment, this moment will pass. It will pass. And years from now, people are going to look in our eyes, each one of us, and they will ask us, 'Where were you at that inflection moment?' And what we're all going to be able to say is we were here together and we were fighting for the best of who we are. Thank you so much."

Model and TV host Chrissy Teigen was named for her influence through her social media, who offers up
 running commentary on contemporary culture and politics .

"So funny. So true. And so damn necessary," writes Glamour. "Chrissy Teigen may be one of the most relatable people on the Internet, but she's also an unofficial spokesperson for Generation Fed Up."

"I never thought I’d be the kind of person who would win anything," Teigen said in her emotional acceptance speech. "I was used to being on his [John Legend's] arm. I was excited to support him and be there, but this is an honor."

Teigen "was ready to be the light-hearted one" at the Women of the Year awards, she told the audience as she wiped away tears. (Legend was crying while introducing his wife, too, by the way.) "Please don’t show that I cry or have emotions!"

"I’m so honored to have this platform," Teigen said to close out her speech. "I’m so honored to talk about chicken pot pies or getting blocked by Donald."

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

On Henry Golding: Did you see me on the cover of GQ?

I THINK that headline is what's known as clickbait. My apologies.

No, that isn't me on the GQ magazine cover. If you don't know the actor by now-- let me introduce you to Henry Golding. He's only been acting for a year or so.

But ... in the context of Asian American, or Filipino American, or Southeast Asian American cultural history, the image is pretty damn close.

Those eyes, those lips, that nose, that skin color, that hair (when I had hair) ! Oh, don't get me wrong. I'm nowhere near as handsome the breakout star of Crazy Rich Asians, but Golding landing on the GQ cover, arguably the fashion arbitrator for men (so it claims) is good enough for me say he (kinda) looks like me.

He's the first Asian man the editors of the men's fashion magazine to be granted the cover.

“When Crazy Rich Asians hit theaters this summer, Hollywood held its breath waiting for the box office results, but anyone who knew anything about ... well, anything, could’ve predicted it’d be the smash it was,” wrote GQ. “Beyond its success — and what a success it was — it minted Henry Golding as one of the industry’s must-hire new actors, and for good reason: He’s handsome, he’s suave, and that accent. A nation swooned, and GQ did too.”
Except for an occasional Bruce Lee on the cover of the esoteric Black Belt magazine, growing up in the U.S., I hardly ever saw someone who looks like me on U.S. magazines, movie posters or on the silver screen. When it came to role models, I had to search long and hard to find them because the standards of beauty, power and being outstanding were so overwhelmingly Eurocentric. Editors, who were also white abd who make those media decisions, couldn't bring themselves to not cater to what they thought their readership wanted to see.

Hopefully, this isn't a one-shot event. Hopefully, other Asian men will be the cover images in more magazines; hopefully there will be other actors, sports heroes,;entertainers, politicians doctors, lawyers, social activists who will overcome those ingreained biases.

What happens when people who look like you are practically invisible in society? I think you know. Questions of self-worth, self-loathing, identity can sometimes overcome you, crippling you into adulthood.

In the big scheme of life, Golding's accomplishment isn't going to cure cancer, stop war, bring harmony to the world, but we shouldn't downplay what it means, too.

With Golding's breakthrough, I can imagine some Asian American kid, won't have to wait so long to see someone who looks like him or her on a magazine cover. That kid might think that he's (or she) is part of this country, that his brown skin, almond eyes and full lips are attractive enough to get on a cover. That kid might say, "Hey, he looks like me."

Filipina model pushes back on her critics who say she isn't Filipino enough

Model Kelsey Merritt is proud to call herself a Filipina.
ASAM NEWS & Views From the Edge

VICTORIA SECRET model Kelsey Merritt is proud to be a Filipina and she's a little tired of people not accepting her identity.

"White passing" is a term that many multiracial people find insulting. The insinuation is that because you look White, you’re not really a person of color.

Merritt, who is of mixed racial heritage, finds herself pushing back against that label.

Just two months ago, she celebrated being the first Filipino to work in the Victoria Secret Fashion Show.

Late this past week, her dream came true and she walked the catwalk for the famous lingerie manufacturer.

An overwhelming majority of comments on social media from Filipinos applauded that achievement.

One that caused a stir raised the issue of Merritt’s white attributes. and if she is really a Filipino.

Striking back in Tagalog on Twitter, Merritt wrote, “‘I was born in the Philippines and I grew up in Pampanga. I finished my school in Manila before I moved to the U.S. last year. My blood is more Filipino than the ‘pure’ who have never set foot in the Philippines,” reported the Daily Mail.

Kelsey’s mom is Filipino and her father is white: a combination not uncommon in the Philippines. because of its long history of colonization under the Spanish followed by its occupation by the United States from 1898 to 1946. Filipinos of this mixed racial heritage are called mestizas or mestizos.

“People will always have their opinion of you despite of who you are,” she said to Teen Vogue. “I would love to tell them that I am just me.”

The Victoria Secrets Fashion Show staged in New York City on Nov. 8, is scheduled to air December 2 on ABC.

Although Merritt is the first Filipina to strut down the runway in the annual fashion show, she is not the first Asian model used by Victoria Secrets. Previous models from China and Japan have been used to display the lingerie and bathing suits.

In 2017 when the show was held in Shanghai eight Chinese models joined the cast.

This year, Estele Chen will also walk down the runway with her.

The show has launched the fashion careers of several Victoria Secret models  incuding Adriana Luna, Allessandra Ambrosio, Beella Hadid, Miranda Kerr, Giselle Bundchen, Heidi Klum and Kendall Jenner among others. 

Each spot on this annual catwalk is highly coveted. It’s the most-watched fashion event of the year, according to Harper’s Bazaar. About 800 million viewers tune in to watch the show each year, which costs about $12 million to put on. 

Monday, November 12, 2018

Hey Texas! Last minute appeal by Democrat candidate Gina Ortiz Jones

Gina Ortiz Jones reminds voters to cast their provisional ballots.

CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE Gina Ortiz Jones made a last minute reminder for Texas voters in District 23 to cast their provisional ballots. The deadline to send in those ballots is ttoday (Tuesday, Nov. 13) at 5 p.m.

Ortiz Jones, the Filipino American Iraq war veteran is narrowly behind incumbent Republican Will Hurd. Over the Veterans Day weekend, Democrat Gina Ortiz-Jones refused to concede and insisted the tight contest with Hurd was “not over” until every ballot was counted.

It is unclear just how many absentee, provisional and military ballots must now be counted  29-county district. Given the closeness of the race—roughly half-a-percentage point or about 700 votes, separating Ortiz Jones and Hurd — it is likely a recount will be ordered under Lone Star State election law.

The contest in Texas' sprawling District 23, the largest in the state which includes over 800 miles of border with Mexico, is one of three campaigns involving AAPI candidates still not called. However, it is the tightest race of the three.

The other two tight races involves Andy Kim in New Jersey's District 3 and Young Kim in California's District 39. Both of these candidates hold slim leads over their opponents. 

Andy Kim has declared victory but the final count hasn't been officially announced and his GOP rival, Tom MacArthur, hasn't conceded.

Young Kim, a Republican competing in conservative Orange County against Democrat Gil Cisneros, has withheld any proclamations of victory but holds about a 2,600 lead over her opponent.

If she wins, Ortiz Jones would be the first Filipina American elected to Congress. 

District 23 (shaded in green, left) is the largest district in Texas and includes the majority of the Texas-Mexico border.

Olympic speed skating medalist retires



THREE-TIME OLYMPIC MEDALIST J.R.Celski is hanging up his skates.

The short track speed skater who has been a mainstay on the U.S. Winter Olympic Team since 2010 announced his retirement Wednesday.

“I’m hanging them up for good.,” Celski wrote on his website. “I always wanted my story to be one of inspiration. I’ve had a great run, and I’m thankful that I’ve gotten to share my story.”

The Filipino American won a pair of bronze medals at the 2010 games and a silver in 2014. He also earned three gold medals at the World Championships.

“There were several instances of success and reaching new heights, where I felt like I was on top of the world,” he wrote. “Everything felt right and the energy was flowing at an unimaginable rate. I appreciated these moments because I knew the amount of work I had put in to get there.

“Short Track tested my limits and challenged my existence. Speed, power, agility, endurance, balance, strategy, patience, awareness, risk, trust. Defying the laws of gravity and setting up passes at the same time. All of this while wearing a skin tight suit. What more could you ask for?”

RIP: Man who discovered Bruce Lee

Producer Raymond Chow with legendary martial artist and actor Bruce Lee.


THE MAN who introduced Bruce Lee to the world is dead at the age of 91.
Film producer Raymond Chow founded Hong Kong film studio Golden Harvest in 1970 and released The Big Boss (also known as Fist of Fury), the following year. The movie set box office records and is credited with launching Lee’s career as a kung fu film star.

Chow died Nov. 2. The cause of death has not been released.

Golden Harvest also produced Lee’s iconic film,Enter the Dragon, the first Hong Kong film to be co-produced with a Hollywood studio (Warner Bros). Deadline reports the film earned $90 million dollars in the global box office after being produced on a budget of $850,000.

The BBC reports Chow produced more than 600 films until his retirement in 2007. His career is also closely aligned with that of another martial arts film star, Jackie Chan.

According to Deadline, Chow began his career as a journalist, but made the jump to show business in 1958. He joined Hong Kong-based Shaw Bros Studios as a publicist and became head of production after complaining about the poor quality of some films. In 1970, he launched Golden Harvest and eventually supplanted Shaw Bros Studios as the premiere movie studio in Hong Kong.

Checkley Sin Kwok-lam, who has produced a number of major kung fu films including the Ip Man series, said Chow was his idol in the genre.

“He discovered Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan, who until then were unheard of,” Sin said. “Chow is an indelible hero in the history of action movies.”

Chow also was also responsible for The Teenage Ninja Turtle franchise.

“It was funny, it was unique,” Chow once said. “What a contradiction in terms, mutants and healthy teen-agers, slow-moving turtles and swift, deadly ninjas. “I gave it the go-ahead but set a limit of $5 million…It was a bit of a gamble, but only a bit of one,” he said. “In fact it exceeded expectations by many, many times.”

The film took in $200 million.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Vets' Day First Person: Families of Chinese American veterans push for Congressional Gold Medals

Descendants of Chinese American WWII vets brought photos of their fathers and grandfathers.

By Shirley Lew

AN UNPRECDENTED GATHERING of descendants of Chinese American WWII veterans came to Manhattan’s Chinatown American Legion for a group photo to gain support of the Congressional Gold Medal Act.

Bit, along with her co-organizers, photojournalist Corky Lee and myself expected about 40-50 people to attend. However, to our amazement, we had well over 100 and ran out of chairs at the American Legion Lt. Kimlau Post 1291 and had to take three separate group photos instead of just one photo.

One woman traveled from Connecticut. Others came from New Jersey and the surrounding tri-state area. Attendees were to bring 8×10 photos of the veterans in their uniform. Some even had their discharge papers and another woman wanted to bring her 96-year-old father, a WWII veteran, but he was not able to attend due to the rain. 19- year-old Brittany Lew of NJ brought her great grandfather’s photo.

Thomas Lee, a Vietnam veteran and member of the American Legion, shared that he and his six brothers all served in the military. Holding back tears, he told the audience his oldest brother was shot in France and did not come home. What also crushed me was that he said his family did not have a car and could not afford to hire a driver to attend the funeral, but nevertheless, his father spent several weeks wages from working in the laundry business to get the family to the funeral.

I had the opportunity to explain to the audience what an average day of advocating is like at the Capitol, what is involved and what our advocating team’s language is when we are meeting with the legislative aid. I felt that this would give the general public an idea of what the process is like so that they may know what is involved to get our heroes recognized.

Attendees of the group photo shoot were encouraged to “snail mail,” tweet and or tag their Congressional members on Facebook to gain support. Making a telephone call to the Congressional members’ Washington DC office would also work in lieu of a group photo.
With only one final week planned to advocate for this bill in the Capitol, it is urgent that we get the attention of these remaining 100+ representatives to co-sponsor HR2358, not only because approximately only 50 Chinese American WWII veterans remain, but it would be symbolic that it pass in 2018, which is also the 75th anniversary of the repeal of the Chinese Exclusion Act. We are so close, yet if it does not get passed, advocacy efforts will be required to start with zero support the following year, and that’s if we decide to try again

I, along with the former National Commander of the American Legion, Mr. Fang Wong and other members of the local Chinatown American Legion will be in Washington DC to advocate for co-sponsorship. This will be my third trip and and it is also the last viable week in 2018 to advocate as no one on Capitol Hill may be interested in our advocacy or any advocacy efforts of others after the mid-term elections.

We are also asking all supporters to download the image of the banner and to use that as their Facebook cover photo to bring awareness of the Congressional Gold Medal act. A big thank you to Donald Yee who donated the banner for the event.

An internet search turned up nothing similar to our gathering of descendants in the US, therefore, we are unofficially declaring this the first gathering of its kind. In Australia, descendants of Chinese Austrailian WWII veterans recently marched on Anzac Day for the first time to commemorate their ancestors’ service.

Professor: Asian men have to make $247,000 more to be equally attractive as a white male

According to Prof. Sam Richards our subconscious calculates: White guy = Asian guy + $247,000.


A PROFESSOR teaching a course on race and culture at Penn State put what many Asian Americans men unfortunately know into stark terms.

Asian American men need to make a boat load more money to be equal in the eyes of women when compared to White men.

Next Shark reports Professor Sam Richards has quantified the difference into dollars and cents.

The professor picked out an Asian male student identified as handsome by other students. He then chose a white male student.

“In spite of how handsome he is,” Richard said pointing to the Asian student, “for him to compete with an average White guy with equal handsomeness… for Andy to compete with Chris on the dating market, Andy has to make $247,000 more per year than this dude right here,” Richards told hundreds of students in a packed lecture hall.

He then picked out a white female student and put her on the spot.

“Do you find these guys equally attractive?” Richard asks.

“Yeah,” she says.

“You have to say that. You might say that, and she might say it, and all the women here might say it. What we know, if we put all of them together, and you’re going to decide to go out on a date with this guy or this guy, what we see is that this guy has to make a quarter of a million dollars more than that guy to be equal in your eyes on average.

“Asian guys tend to be seen in different ways. That’s the place of Asians in the United States. That’s f’ing profound. No matter what he does in the dating market, its a quarter of a million dollars more.”

“Seems pretty shallow,” the girl retorted.

“It’s subconscious. It’s not about being shallow. It’s about understanding yourself,” Richards said.

I want to take this class! Rchards is a sociologist and award-winning lecturer. Watch more of his classes on Youtube.

Sunday Read: Asian American politicians 'represent,' notch victories in the midterms

Despite a close vote, Andy Kim is confident that he will represent New Jersey's District 3 in Congress.

REPRESENTATION MATTERS! Asian American and Pacific Islander candidates were overwhelmingly victorious Nov. 6, 

Anyone who thought they were going to make a positive difference, who -- in their eyes -- "to make this world a better place," deserves our praise, even if you disagreed with their politics.

We should celebrate the record number of AAPI individuals who stood up to be counted and risk the attacks that come with modern day, rough and tumble politics. Everyone who ran for office is a winner as far as I'm concerned. And we should note that more than 90% of the candidates succeeded. One of the best ways to beat those who would label us "others" is to take part in part in civic life, to speak up for our beliefs and join the debates in our public squares. to determine what kind of country we want to live in.

Everyone who ran for office is a winner as far as I'm concerned. And we should note that more than 90% of the candidates succeeded. The political victories should be cheered as much  - if not more - as the pop culture breakthroughs  of Fresh Off the Boat and Crazy Rich Asians.

From the list and the Nov. 6 results, we can generally say: Democrat candidates outnumbered Republicans; GOP AAPI candidates had a tougher time getting elected.; and the majority of candidates were from three states, California, Hawaii and Washington, which voted predominantly Democrat in the Midterm elections.

Three congressional races are still too close to call: Young Kim in California's Orange County, Gina Ortiz Jones in Texas and Andy Kim in New Jersey, even though Andy Kim has already declared victory.

Here are the results of the AAPI candidates who ran state and congressional offices on Nov. 6. Those with marks won a seat or were unopposed. Those with # marks are pending due to a recount or results are too close to call.

Anita Malik, (D) Congress, District 6, Arizona
Tipirneni Hiral, (D) Congress, District 8, Arizona

Chintan Desai, (D), Congress, 1st District

Kevin de Leon (D), U.S. Senate
 Doris Matsui, (D), Congress, 6th District
 Ami Bera, (D), Congress, 7th District
 Ro Khanna, (D)Congress, 17th District
 Judy Chu, (D), Congress, 27th District,
 Ted Lieu, (D), Congress, 33rd District
Kenneth Mejia (Green), Congress, 34th District.
 Mark Takano, (D), Congress,  41st District
T.J. Cox, (D) Congress, 21st District
Albert Janz, (D) Congress, 22nd District
Ammar Campa-Najja, (D) Congress, 50th District
Cristina Osmena,  Congress, (R) 14th District
David Min, Congress, (D) 45th District
# Young Kim,(R) Congress, 38th District
 betty Yee, (D) Controller
 Fiona Ma (D) Treasurer
Harry He (D) 9th District
 David Chiu (D) Assembly, 17th District
 Rob Bonta (D) Assembly, 18th District
 Phil Ting (D) Assembly, 19th District
Christina Laskowski (R) 22nd District
 Kansan Chu (D) Assembly,  25th District
 Evan Low (D) Assembly, 28th District
 Vince Fong (R) Assembly, 34th District
 Ed Chau (D) Assembly, 49th District
Kevin Hee Young Jang (D) Assembly, 53rd District
 Al Muratsuchi (D) Assembly, 66th District
 Steven S. Choi (R) Assembly, 68th District
 Tyler Diep (R) Assembly, 72nd District
Philip Kim (D) State Senate, 4th District 
 Richard Pan (D) State Senate, 6th District
Mike Eng (D) State Senate, 22nd District
Peter Choi (D) State Senate, 23rd District
 Janet Nguyen, (R) State Senate, 34th District

Peter Yu, (R), Congress, 2nd District

 William Tong (D), Attorney General

 Stephanie Murphy (D), Congress, 7th District
Jennifer Mijares-Zimmerman, (D) Congress, 1st District

 Sam Park, (D) State House, 101st District

 David Ige (D), Governor
 Mazie Hirono, (D) U.S. Senate
 Tulsi Gabbard, (D) Congress, 2nd District
 Kaiali'i Kahele (D) State Senate, 1st District
 Dru Kanuha, (D) State Senate, 3rd District
 Lorraine Inouye (D) State Senate, 4th District
Melissah Shishido (Green) State Senate, 6th District
 Jamie Kalani English , D) State Senate, 7th District
 Breene Harimoto , (D) State Senate, 16th District
 Clarence Nishihara, (D) State Senate, 17th District
 Michelle Kidani (D) State Senate, 18th District
 Maile Shimabukuro  (D) State Senate, 21st District
 Jarrett Keohokalole (D) State Senate, 24th District

 Mark Nakashima (D) State House, 1st District
Grace Manipol-Larson (R) State House, 2nd District
 Richard Onishi (D) State House, 3rd District
 Joy San Buenaventura (D) State House, 4th District
 Troy Hashimoto (D) State House, 8th District
Jen Kamaho'i Mather  (Green) State House, 10th District
 Nadine Nakamura (D) State House, 14th District
 James Tokioka (D) State House, 15th District
 Dee Morikawa (D) State House, 16th District
Alan Yim (Lib.) State House, 17th District
 Mark Hashem (D) State House, 18th District
 Bert Kobayashi (D) State House, 19th District
 Calvin Say (D) State House, 20th District
 Scott Nishimoto (D) State House, 21st District
 Dale Kobayashi (D) State House, 23rd District
 Scott Saiki (D) State House, 26th District
 Takashi Ohno (D) State House 27th District
Mela Kealoha-Lindsey (R) State House 27th District
 John Mizuno (D) State House, 28th District
 Linda Ichiyama (D) State House, 32nd District
 Sam Kong (D) State House, 33rd District
 Gregg Takayama (D) State House, 34th District
 Roy Takumi (D) State House, 35th District
 Rida Cabanilla (D) State House, 41st District
 Sharon Har (D) State House, 42nd District
 SStacelynn Kehaulani (D) State House, 43rd District
 Cedric Asuega Gates (D) State House, 44th District
 Lauren Kealohilani Matsumoto  (R) State House, 45th District
 Lisa Kitagawa (D) State House, 48th District
 Scot Matayoshi (D) State House, 49th District
Noe Galea'i (R) State House, 51st District
 Chris Lee (D) State House, 51st District

 Raja Krishnamoorthi, (D) Congress, 8th District
 Theresa Mah (D) State House, 2nd District
Peter Lee (R) State House, 17th District
Julie Cho (R) State House, 18th District

Shiv Ayyadurai, (R) U.S. Senate
 Tram Nguyen, (D), Congress, 18th Essex District

 Stephanie Chang, (D) State Senate, 1st District

 Samantha Vang, (D) House District 40B
 Fue Lee, (D) House District 59A
 Kaohly Her, 
(D) House District 64A
 Tou Xiong. 
(D) House District 53A
 Jay Xiong, 
(D) House District 67B
 Yele-Mis Yang, (R) House District 42B

Tiffany Jones, (R) State Senate, 9th District

New Jersey
# Andy Kim, (D) Congress, 3rd District

New Mexico
Lisa Shin (R) State House, 43rd District

New York
 Grace Kim (D) Congress, 6th District
# Ron Kim (D) State Assembly, 21st District
 John Liu (D) State Senate, 11th District
Jeremy Cooney (D) State Senate, 56th District
 Kevin Thomas (D) State Senate, 6th District

 Cyndi Munson (D), State House, 85th District

Aftab Pureval, (D) Congress, 1st District

Pearl Kim (R), Congress, 5th District

Rhode Island
Allan Fung, (R) Governor

# Gina Ortiz, (D) Congress, 23rd District
Sri Preston Kulkarni, (D) Congress, 24th District
 Angie Chen Buttonm (R) State House, 112th District
 Gene Wu, (D) State House, 137th District

 Bobby Scott (D), Congress, 3rd District

 Pramila Jayapal (D) Congress, 7th District
 Cindy Ryu (D) State House, 32nd District,
 Mia Su-Ling Gregerson-Dahle (D) State House, 33rd District
Sofia Aragon, (D) State Senate, 34th District
 Sharon Tomiko Santos (D), State House, 37th District,
 Manka Dinghra (D), State House, 45th District
 Vandana Slatter (D) State House, 48th District, 

 Monica Stonier (D) State House, 49th District

 My-Linh Thai, (D) State Senate, 41st District

# Mona Das, (D) State Senate, 47th District