This week, USA Today has a report on the state of former refugees from Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia who were resettled in the U.S. after the Vietnam War. The successful adaptation by this refugee community to their new lives in America depended greatly on the organizations that sponsored them and the support services available in the places they have settled.
In the political arena, news coverage reports on how Asian American voters in Wisconsin, Nevada, and California are increasingly getting the attention of candidates running for state and national offices. Asian American and Pacific Islander candidates are also finding their places in politics, with increasing political representation as AAPI population increases.
News reports this week:
- [USA Today] For traumatized refugees, U.S. states do little: “Southeast Asian refugees are more likely to be poor, less educated, and suffering from trauma than other Asian immigrant groups, according to De La Cruz-Viesca. Their lives are far from the stereotype of the “model minority” of Asian-American immigrants in the U.S.” Read more
- [NBC News] In Wisconsin, Hope Among Hmong Americans For Increased Voter Turnout: “In Wisconsin, it’s just equal treatment under the law,” Brostoff said as the primary concern for Hmong. “Aside from that, it’s education, access to universities, and strong public schools.” Read more
- [Review Journal] Contenders for Reid Senate seat woo Asian voters: “Democratic candidate Catherine Cortez Masto recently formed a coalition that will reach out to Asian-American and Pacific Islander voters in Nevada. U.S. Rep. Joe Heck, R-Nev., a Republican candidate, has courted the group as a congressman and worked to address its issues.” Read more
- [Inquirer] California’s Asian voters could deliver poll wins–study: “Our community supports those who do the right thing for their families on key issues like education, health care reform, and immigration.” Read more
[AsAmNews] AAPI Candidates Spread their Wings and Influence Across the United States:“We are not only showing up in densely-populated AAPI communities, but in new areas where AAPIs have not traditionally been represented in the political sphere” Read more
- IN THE NEWS: Nevada Voters in Democratic Caucus
- IN THE NEWS: Presidential campaign in the Pacific
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