- Chinatown worker groups protested outside the office of New York State Assemblymember Yuh-Line Niou (D-Lower Manhattan) on Wednesday, urging her to drop her congressional office and help them with their cause.
- Participants in the rally organized by the Youth Against Sweatshops and Chinese Staff & Workers Association chanted “Yuh-Line Niou, Shame On You!” and claimed that she sides with “sweatshop bosses” over community members.
- Some of the protesters lost their jobs when the Joy Luck Palace eatery closed in 2019. A court later awarded them $1 million in back pay, but they have yet to receive any pay from their bosses, who reportedly have a close relationship with Niou.
- “Yuh-Line has always stood with workers — on the picket lines, in the legislature, and now as a candidate for Congress,” said the campaign in response to the protest.
- The protest comes as a Daily Beast article dug into the 2016 Panama Papers leak to highlight that Niou’s family had a company formed by Mossack Fonseca, the notorious law firm that provided offshore financial services to politicians and personalities involved in money laundering schemes.
Around 100 restaurant and home-aid workers from New York’s Chinatown assembled outside the office of New York State Assemblymember Yuh-Line Niou (D-Lower Manhattan) on Wednesday to stop her bid for congressional office.
Congress passes bipartisan $280 billion bill aimed at challenging China’s dominance in chip manufacturing
- Both chambers of the United States Congress have passed the “Chips and Science Bill,” a $280 billion measure which aims to boost the country’s technological competitiveness against China.
- The measure would provide $52 billion of subsidies and grants for the domestic chip manufacturing industry and over $100 billion in technology and sciences investments.
- On Thursday, the House of Representatives passed the bill in a 243-187-1 vote, a day after the Senate cleared it in a bipartisan 64-33 vote.
- “This Chips and Science bill will create millions of good-paying jobs and it will help lower costs and help protect America’s national security interests,” said Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer during the senate deliberations on Wednesday.
- The bill now heads to the desk of President Joe Biden, who said that it is “exactly what we need to be doing to grow our economy right now.”
A bill authorizing $280 billion to boost the country’s manufacturing and technological competitiveness against China is one step closer to becoming a law.
The legislation, called CHIPS and Science Act, would provide $52 billion in subsidies and grants for the domestic chip manufacturing industry and over $100 billion for technology and sciences investments, including $81 billion for the National Science Foundation (NSF). It will also establish a 25 percent tax credit for investment in semiconductor manufacturing.
The late Democratic legislator Patsy Mink (D, HI-2) will be honored for her historic work in Congress with the unveiling of her portrait in the U.S. Capitol later this month.
Mink became the first woman of color and the first Asian-American woman in Congress after winning a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives in 1964. She was also the first woman elected to Congress from the state of Hawaii.
- Yan Xiong, a Tiananmen Square protester and U.S. Army veteran, is going up against former New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio in the race for a seat in the city's 10th Congressional District.
- Xiong, 57, told the New York Post on Sunday that “it would be horrible” if de Blasio gets elected to Congress, adding that the former mayor paid no attention to the Asian community while he was still leading the city.
- “De Blasio ignored Chinatown and Asian American community,” Xiong was quoted as saying. “The Chinese community will not be ignored if I’m elected to Congress.”
- Xiong was one of the student leaders who protested during the Tiananmen Democratic Movement in 1989. He was arrested, imprisoned at the Qincheng Prison for 19 months and named one of the movement’s 21 most wanted leaders in China.
- He moved to the U.S. as a political refugee in 1992 and joined the U.S. Army in 1994. He was commissioned in 2003 and is currently a U.S. Army chaplain.
- De Blasio and Xiong will face off in the Democratic primary on Aug. 23.
Tiananmen Square protester and U.S. Army veteran Yan Xiong is going up against former New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio for a seat in the city’s 10th Congressional District.
In an interview with the New York Post on Sunday, Xiong, 57, said “it would be horrible” if de Blasio gets elected to Congress, adding that the former mayor paid no attention to the Asian American community while he was still leading the city.
- Republican congressional candidate Jennifer Carnahan, 46, was reportedly threatened and almost hit by a car while campaigning early this week.
- Carnahan was out during a door-to-door campaign in Faribault, Minnesota, at around 5:25 p.m. on Tuesday when she encountered a man who “made several threatening comments to her” and hurled vulgarities at her, according to reports.
- The man, whom the Korean American candidate described as being between 18 and 20 years old, allegedly swerved his blue Ford Focus at the GOP candidate as she was walking away.
- Authorities identified the man and found his home after launching an investigation, Police Chief John Sherwin said. Police have yet to release details about the suspect’s identity and any potential charges as of Wednesday.
- While a verbal exchange did occur, Sherwin told the Pioneer Press that the suspect seemed to deny swerving in Carnahan’s direction on purpose.
- “It is a fact that an incident occurred,” Sherwin said. “Obviously, each person has a version of the story. The driving contact as described [by Carnahan] is where the inconsistency occurs.”
Republican congressional candidate Jennifer Carnahan was reportedly threatened and almost hit by a car while campaigning early this week.
Carnahan, 46, was out during a door-to-door campaign on the 1000 block of 1st Street Southeast in Faribault, Minnesota, at around 5:25 p.m. on Tuesday when she encountered a man who “made several threatening comments to her” and hurled vulgarities at her, according to reports.
DOJ: Chinese spy planned physical attack, ‘honey trap’ against dissident running for Congress in New York
- Yan Xiong, a Chinese dissident running for Congress in New York's 1st congressional district as a Democrat, was reportedly targeted by a Chinese spy.
- Xiong was a former student leader involved in the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests in Beijing. He was granted asylum in the U.S. and has been an American citizen for 27 years.
- According to the U.S. Department of Justice, the candidate was targeted by 59-year-old Qiming Lin, who allegedly planned smear campaigns, a “honey trap” and physical attacks against Xiong using a U.S. based private investigator.
- "Right now, we don't want him to be elected," Lin reportedly told the PI, who contacted the FBI and revealed Lin’s plans.
- Xiong said the uncovered plot has made him braver and he will continue his run.
Chinese dissident Yan Xiong remains undeterred in his New York congressional run despite alleged attempts by an agent of the Chinese government to sabotage his campaign.
Xiong, a former student leader involved in the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests in Beijing, is currently running as a Democrat in New York’s 1st congressional district. Granted asylum in the U.S., he is a military vet and has been an American citizen for 27 years.
House Republicans express outrage over US purchase of ‘made in China’ KN95 masks to fulfill mask mandate
- House representatives have been mandated to wear N95 or KN95 masks in Capitol buildings earlier this month.
- Members recently received KN95 masks that had “Made in China” printed on them.
- House Republicans, who blame the Chinese government for its handling of COVID-19, criticized Speaker Nancy Pelosi over the purchase “when American alternatives are available.”
More than 120 Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives were reportedly outraged after receiving taxpayer-funded KN95 masks that turned out to be from China.
It all started after Dr. Brian Monahan, attending physician of the Congress, mandated the use of N95 or KN95 masks in Capitol buildings accessed by House members earlier this month, according to Fox News.
A year after scores of Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol to overthrow the result of the last presidential election, Asian American Congressional leaders have released statements to remind the nation of the importance of safeguarding democracy.
Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.)
Rep. Pham, daughter of Vietnamese refugees, comes ‘full circle’ to welcome Afghan refugees to Oregon
An Oregon state representative wants to give a proper welcome to the Afghan refugees who will be arriving in the state early next year.
A proper welcome: Rep. Khanh Pham (House District 46), who was born to Vietnamese refugee parents, is among the leaders of the task force that will manage the resettlement of 1,200 refugees from Afghanistan to Oregon, reported Portland Tribune.
Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC) said that she intentionally used the term “Republic of Taiwan” in a recent tweet to show her support for the Taiwanese people.
Taiwan visit: Mace, along with four other U.S. representatives and 17 congressional staff members, visited Taiwan last week to meet with Taiwanese government officials, including President Tsai Ing-wen, defying the wishes of the Chinese government, NextShark previously reported
Trump endorses Rep. Gosar a day after his censure over edited ‘Attack on Titan’ video of him killing AOC
Former President Donald Trump has endorsed Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) a day after the congressman was censured for posting an edited anime video that violently targeted Democratic leaders.
What happened: On Nov. 7, Gosar, who has served Arizona’s 4th District since 2013, posted an edited intro of the anime “Attack on Titan” which depicted him killing Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and attacking President Joe Biden. This led to a censure resolution that essentially disables him from becoming a voice for his constituents at the House of Representatives.
The blue suit Rep. Andy Kim, D-N.J., wore while cleaning up the damage after the violent attack on the U.S. Capitol in January will become a part of a Smithsonian exhibit.
Suited for history: Kim announced he would be donating the suit to the museum for its exhibit on the day a pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6, CNN reported.