NEWS: Exclusion, Prosecution, Protest

NBC News: NY Lawmakers Ask Obama to Formally Apologize for Chinese Exclusion Act / Advocacy Groups Press DOJ for Investigation on Alleged Profiling of Scientists // MSNBC: Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth // NBC News: Asian-American Advocates Speak Out in Favor of Gun Control As Dems Hold Sit-In  

DAILY NEWS BRIEF: Accusations, independent voters, and photographers

Latest news: The CBS 60 Minutes program devotes a segment on two American citizens – Xiaoxing Xi and Sherry Chen – who were falsely and abruptly charged with spying based on inadequate and erroneous evidence. An opinion piece in U.S News & World Report raises the political problems of treating the Asian American electorate as a monolithic…

DAILY NEWS BRIEF: Places, names, and faces

In the news: The Chicago Tribune reports that it’s Chinatown community is countering the negative effects of urban gentrification on ethnic neighborhoods by welcoming and supporting new Chinese immigrants. The Washington Post provides historical and cultural context to a recent law passed by Congress, which updates names used in legislation to remove antiquated racist terminology….

NEWS ROUNDUP: Refugees and history, communities and politics

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…

IN THE NEWS: Presidential campaign in the Pacific

The Democratic caucuses in Washington state, Hawaii, and Alaska — states with significant Asian Pacific American populations — handed presidential candidate Bernie Sanders with very strong victories. His landslide wins in these states against front-runner Hillary Clinton indicated a much closer race for the Democratic presidential nomination than widely reported. Major news media have inaccurately…

IN THE NEWS: Democratic race for the White House

As the 2016 presidential election heats up, the two remaining campaigns for the Democratic nomination are competing in the margins. The proportionally significant Asian Pacific American communities in Washington state, California, New Jersey and New York — states with still upcoming primaries and caucuses — will probably have some influence in the Democratic nomination race….

FEATURED PHOTOGRAPHY: Recording LBJ’s presidency in pictures

Yoichi R. Okamoto was the first official White House photographer, appointed during the presidency of Lyndon B. Johnson. Okamoto was born in New York and became a photographer in the Army during World War II. LBJ, who wanted to emulate John F. Kennedy’s photogenic recording by media photographers, chose Okamoto to be his White House…

IN THE NEWS: Women veterans in the U.S. Congress

Two Congresswomen, both Iraq War veterans, are increasing their national profiles and gaining more news coverage: Rep. Tammy Duckworth and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard.  Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) is currently campaigning in the Democratic primary in Illinois for the nomination to challenge current Senate Majority Leader Mark Kirk. In 2004, Duckworth served in the Iraq War as a…

IN THE NEWS: Republican politics in Hawaii

In the shadow of primaries in larger states like Michigan today, Hawaii’s Republican party holds its caucus and have its say on the troubled path of the GOP presidential campaign. [NBC News] In Hawaii Republican Caucus, a Fight for the GOP’s Future: “The lesson learned is the establishment should have confronted Trump sooner,” [Fukumoto Chang]…