Asian-American political profile rising in US

Asian Americans whaaaaaaaaaat!!! :iagree: :clap: :cool: :smiley:

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — When three newly elected Chinese-American city supervisors climbed on stage in Chinatown, flanked by dragon dancers and lit up by camera flashes, they were hailed for making history in a city their forebears have shaped since the Gold Rush Days.

Now their November sweep has been topped with the election of one of them, David Chiu, as president of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors — the second most powerful position in local government.

It is fitting that San Francisco, which is 34 percent Asian and home of the nation’s oldest Chinatown, is leading the way on Asian-American political representation. But the country’s fastest growing minority group also is reaching new heights on the state and national stage.

Experts say their newfound clout is not due to numbers alone.

The political engagement of Asian-Americans is growing. Many immigrants are earning citizenship. Community organizations are mounting voter registration drives. Ethnic media increasingly are endorsing candidates and covering political campaigns. And politicians are scoring victories, even in areas without a strong Asian electorate.

Countrywide, there are more than 2,000 Asian and Pacific Islander elected and appointed representatives, according to UCLA’s Asian American Studies Center. In California, Asian-Americans hold two seats in the state Senate, 10 in the Assembly, plus the posts of state controller and chief of the Board of Equalization. A decade ago, there was only one high-ranking Asian-American official, the state treasurer.

“We’re finally gaining full admission to the club,” said David Lee, who teaches political science at San Francisco State University.

The Asian-American population has expanded from 0.5 percent in 1960 — prior to repeal of restrictive immigration laws — to 5 percent now. The U.S. Census projects they will grow to 8 percent by 2050.

A push by voter education groups to turn new citizens into voters has helped make this ethnic group a political force in California, where their numbers are largest.

Making an impact on the national ballot box remains a greater challenge. Asian-Americans are scattered geographically, and they are still a predominantly immigrant group, with only about two out of three of them citizens. They are underrepresented politically, holding a smaller proportion of elected positions than their share of the population.
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Are there actually any NORMAL americans in the USA?

No there isn’t. That’s what America is all about. America farts, the world smells it. That’s the way it’s going to be for a long time.

[QUOTE=Zathros;2203102]America farts, the world smells it. That’s the way it’s going to be for a long time.[/QUOTE]
And they think they’re disguised by doing it in time with the music … but they’re listening to an ipod :stuck_out_tongue:

The huge crash means the rest of the world will be finding & focusing on new markets … the US will likely lose it’s position at the center of the world marketplace.

But seriously, what’s with all this African-American, Arab-American, Hispanic-American, Chinese-Americans … crappola?

Are there any plain American Americans in the USA? From the sounds of it, they’re in the minority :stuck_out_tongue:

In Oz, Australians are just Australians. You either are or you aren’t.
In the UK, you’re either British, or Scottish, or Irish -corresponding with distinct parts of the Isles.
In the rest of the world, People are just People.

Do other nations ask potential employees (and anyone filling out an application) what their race/ethnicity is?

I’ve always considered myself an American, but because I’m Asian, I’ve been treated differently by other ethnic groups.

[QUOTE=Randomus;2203185]Do other nations ask potential employees (and anyone filling out an application) what their race/ethnicity is?

I’ve always considered myself an American, but because I’m Asian, I’ve been treated differently by other ethnic groups.[/QUOTE]
Australia asks whether employees are indigenous. Indigenous aussies have a history of discrimination & very poor profile in regards to their socio economic status & the behaviour that goes with it.

If an indigenous aussie has all the qualifications & is otherwise appropriate, it’s a legal requirement that they be hired above other applicants.

Generally it’s quite rare to find indigenous aussies with any qualifications. Due to favourable government handouts, they’ve peaked in their abilities. That ability is to wander down to the Bottle-O and drink themselves senseless around a fire, followed by beating their wives & children, and so their children don’t go to school, and/or have exceptional learning difficulty & so the circle of life continues :frowning:

Ah, well that’s where it appears things are a bit different between the two countries.

Even if you consider yourself as American only, race/ethnicity is brought up on just about every kind of form, survey, or anything else you have to fill out. That’s why so many people are Asian American – even if they grew up here, and only know one culture: U.S. culture.

It’s quite interesting, really.

“The huge crash means the rest of the world will be finding & focusing on new markets … the US will likely lose it’s position at the center of the world marketplace.”

I wouldn’t count on that anytime soon. If American turns inwards the world will take an even bigger beating.
I have read about the mistreatment of the aboriginal peoples in Australia so what your saying is bullshit.

You do not understand American history at all. It was all the divergent people who built this country. America is a place of divergent cultures. You can be American and still hold onto your particular cultural heritage. If you don’t have one because it was never taught to you then you are still American. This view you espouse is naive. You should travel more. I really do enjoy reading your posts and find you entertaining but you are ill informed.

When the Australian government did atomic testing and irradiated 1000’s of aborigines, where they all Australian, or indispensable.
If you feel America’s demise is near I feel sorry for your, at least in the sense of disappointment you will experience. American airs her laundry for all to see, it is what makes us great. We are not a coward country and have saved western society more than once. You have no idea how big America is, financially or by natural resource. Martin Marietta has a net worth greater than that of the United Kingdom, that’s one company. California is one of the richest nations (even in deficit ) in the world, and it’s just one state.
Millions of people try to come to the U.S.A. every year. They know why, I know why. If you don’t know, I can’t tell you.

In the next 25 years, American will donate around 50 trillion dollars to different charities, that is the wealth of American, her charity, her willingness to protect freedom seeking peoples. We make mistakes. We air them for all to see. What has Australia done that you can point too?

The racists treatment of the aboriginal peoples there by skinheads and white peoples is well documented. Maybe they don’t show that on Australian TV. Why don’t you know this?

[QUOTE=debro;2203209]Australia asks whether employees are indigenous. Indigenous aussies have a history of discrimination & very poor profile in regards to their socio economic status & the behaviour that goes with it.

If an indigenous aussie has all the qualifications & is otherwise appropriate, it’s a legal requirement that they be hired above other applicants.

Generally it’s quite rare to find indigenous aussies with any qualifications. Due to favourable government handouts, they’ve peaked in their abilities. That ability is to wander down to the Bottle-O and drink themselves senseless around a fire, followed by beating their wives & children, and so their children don’t go to school, and/or have exceptional learning difficulty & so the circle of life continues :([/QUOTE]

Your a racists, you may not know it, but you are one and you are part of the problem there. You statement speaks volumes. I would be ashamed to make such a statement. In Spanish it’s Sin Verquenza", translates, “without shame”. That type of attitude and shameless support of it is disgusting.

Zathros; it’s possible you may have mistaken an illustration of a specific national problem - laced with some irony - as racism.

Positive discrimination has its disadvantages; which is why it is no longer permissible in the UK. Also, simply giving money to disadvantaged communities without meaningful guidance is never a good idea; whether racial factors are involved or not. This is how I interpret debro’s viewpoint.

And let’s look at Japan’s financial framework; which suffered a massive meltdown several years ago. It lost its place in the international finance hierarchy; so why may not we expect the US - and of course the UK and several other countries as well - to follow suit? Is there not an argument that it may do us all some good to stay out of the fire for a while?

And Randomus: is it really a surprise why people treat you differently wherever you go? And have you really never heard of ethnic monitoring?

I’ve seen this happen before with US citizens. They read the intelligence wrong and come up empty handed.

[QUOTE=Randomus;2203213]Even if you consider yourself as American only, race/ethnicity is brought up on just about every kind of form, survey, or anything else you have to fill out. That’s why so many people are Asian American – even if they grew up here, and only know one culture: U.S. culture.[/QUOTE]
It would sort of feel like the governments trying to remind you that you’re not white - kind of like a school yard taunting, except it’s lifelong and officially sanctioned
I fail to see how race is even relevant for positions, except in the case of whether you are an American citizen, or just visiting on a visa (due to limitations on employment & etc).

I will put this rather bluntly, since you seem unable to research or understand anything for yourself.
After the USA stops buying, many companies are desperately trying to find new markets to send their products. China is a 1/6 (and India is another 1/6) of the worlds population alone & and is a nation developing a taste for excess. Put two and two together. The only manufacturing companies that will be going out of business are incompetent. Unlike the US economy, China has plenty of people, is the center of the worlds manufacturing capabilities & will practically be an entire economy in itself, almost independent of the rest of the worlds economies. There is no instability or wars to deter the economy from developing either - free speech is taboo in china. Compulsory Consumerism.

There will always be minor mistreatment, but there were alot of problem 40-50 years ago … caused by well meaning christians … f@%$#d up by incompetence and of course arseholes which caused much of the mess that they are in today and, through your research, you discovered that the atomic testing carried out in Maralinga, was done by the British with approval from the government on practically desert which was considered unihabited. Some of the indigenous population was cleared out for the testing & then put back again afterwards. Ignorance is bliss - Very few knew the effects of radiation, and probably less cared.

Is that your word for criminals. I assure you, Australia started the same, just more recently.

Who would ever say otherwise? Unless you culture is blowing s$%t up, and brawling like a bunch of … well drunken punters.

There is no demise coming, and if you think I am thrilled about americas trashing of the worlds economy, you are sorely mistaken. If you of a logical mind, you’d recognize the fact that many manufacturing companies have much product stockpiled and will be seeking new markets asap.

[QUOTE=Zathros;2203217] American airs her laundry for all to see, it is what makes us great. We are not a coward country and have saved western society more than once. You have no idea how big America is, financially or by natural resource. Martin Marietta has a net worth greater than that of the United Kingdom, that’s one company. California is one of the richest nations (even in deficit ) in the world, and it’s just one state.
Millions of people try to come to the U.S.A. every year. They know why, I know why. If you don’t know, I can’t tell you.
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Yay for you - and sometimes the USA f@#$ed up so bad the first time, they came back for a do-over :stuck_out_tongue:
And it’s all well & good that USA has many assets … why don’t you try selling them. They’re not worth squat if no-ones buying. But the US(along with many other countries) has alot of debt that needs to be paid.

Hmm … California … Disneyland … and Hollywood + San Francisco, both of which are slightly less real than Disneyland, but just as entertaining. :smiley:

[QUOTE=Zathros;2203217]The racists treatment of the aboriginal peoples there by skinheads and white peoples is well documented. Maybe they don’t show that on Australian TV. Why don’t you know this?[/QUOTE]
That’s interesting. I see throwing copious money and time at solving problems is a complete disregard for their welfare. Glad to see your opinion on that, but keep it to yourself.

The problems started when the ships first landed, and the gross mistreatment of the indigenous ended at the end of the 1970’s. Since then it’s been a matter of dealing with all the crap that’s been caused.

WTF is a skin head? Is that like a shark? Or perhaps you’re referring to neo-nazis, which were imported from Germany, which of course are a bunch of rednecks with guns and are generally socially dysfunction themselves.
I recall the USA having issues with indians at landing, and more recently africans imported as slaves … and a thing called the KKK white consisted of white arseholes riding around in bedsheets. What are you trying to point out here?

[QUOTE=Bob;2203249]I’ve seen this happen before with US citizens. They read the intelligence wrong and come up empty handed.[/QUOTE]
Lol! They never did find those WMD’s :wink:

I had a long answer but realized that you are too full of hate and self loathing to have a conversation with. As far as slaves go, I won’t disgrace the memories of the people who so valiantly fought in the American Civil War to free the slaves. China is poor. India is poor. They have between them billions of people living in poverty. You will never know what an American is. .

Incidentally, I have a small manufacturing facility at my house. I have enough machinery to build a plane, car or boat from scratch. I also know many other people who have the same kind of toys. You will never know America, or it’s potential. The next big wars are going to happen in your back yard. Good luck with that. Just don’t come crying to us. What I am trying to point out out to you is that you are no better than us, it’s too bad it degraded to this but there is a long line of this bullshit mentality going on here and it is always the same people. America does not have to defend it lifestyle. If you don’t like it, to hell with you. We saved you from the Japanese, from Hitler, from the Communists. American is the most charitable country in the world. Now you have the religious terrorists. Have fun. Try not to hide behind irony and have the balls to say a thought straight and to the point. You may even make sense that way.

The chemical WMD’s are more than likely in Syria. They will probably be used in your neck of the woods. Good luck with that.