November 16, 2005
Written by C.N.
Results from last week’s elections show that two Asian Americans have just been elected into local government leadership positions: Sam Yoon as the first Asian American elected to Boston’s City Council and Jun Choi as the first Asian American mayor of a New Jersey city (Edison).
In the case of Jun Choi’s victory, perhaps not surprisingly, his challenger (a White male) is accusing Choi of “playing the Asian card” and relying on Asian votes for his victory. This is rather ironic considering that the stats show that about 80% who voted in the mayoral election were White. But more importantly, once again it goes to show that even if Choi had heavy support from Asian voters, it does not mean that those votes were not as “American” as any other vote.
Congratulations to both Sam Yoon and Jun Choi on their victories. As I always say, progress is almost always measured one step at a time . . .
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Suggested reference: Le, C.N. . "Two New Asian American Political Leaders" Asian-Nation: The Landscape of Asian America. <http://www.asian-nation.org/headlines/2005/11/two-new-asian-american-political-leaders/> ().
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