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Massachusetts’ Sokhary Chau becomes first Cambodian American mayor in US

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  • Sokhary Chau, a 49-year-old Cambodian refugee and former city council member, was sworn in as mayor of Lowell, Massachusetts, on Monday.
  • He now represents the city of more than 115,000 residents and its nearly 25% Asian population.

Sokhary Chau was sworn in as mayor of Lowell, Massachusetts, on Monday.

Chau, 49, is a Cambodian refugee and came to the U.S. at a young age to escape the Khmer Rouge. He became a Lowell city council member in 2019, and he was unanimously picked by the city council members to be mayor on Monday, according to the Associated Press (AP).

Honduras warned by Taiwan of believing ‘false’ promises as it considers electing pro-China president

Taiwan Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Joanne Ou

Taiwanese officials said on Tuesday that they will still respect Honduras’ upcoming election outcome despite giving the Central American nation a warning about China’s “false” promises.

The warning: While speaking to reporters, Taiwan Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Joanne Ou said the Taiwanese government will “strengthen communication with all sides in Honduras including the opposition,” according to Reuters.

NPR called out for reporting ‘letdown,’ ‘disappointment’ over Michelle Wu’s Boston mayoral win

Boston Mayor Michelle Wu

National Public Radio (NPR) sparked controversy for appearing to downplay Michelle Wu’s historic win as Boston’s first elected female and Asian American mayor. 

The article: A story published by the media platform drew backlash for its lede, which referred to Wu’s victory as a “letdown” after she defeated three Black candidates running against her, reported the New York Post

Asian Americans moved toward GOP candidates in NYC — a warning sign for Democrats

CURTIS SLIWA nyc mayor

Asian Americans heavily favored GOP candidate Curtis Sliwa in New York City’s mayoral election, prompting Democratic leaders to call for more attention toward the community.

The rundown: While Democrat Eric Adams comfortably secured the city’s top office, Sliwa won significantly more votes in Asian-majority districts, according to results seen by The City. Most who came out in support of the Republican bet were Chinese voters disgruntled over multiple Democratic policies.

Voter ID Needed Because ‘All Chinese Look Alike’, Election Fraud Witness Claims


A Republican witness called on by Donald Trump’s lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, went viral on Twitter after she said “all Chinese look alike” during a hearing on election fraud in Michigan this week.

At the legislative hearing on Wednesday, Hima Kolanagireddy, an IT specialist and CEO of ASCII Group in Farmington Hills, testified in front of the committee and argued voters must present photo identification, according to M Live.

First-Time Candidate Becomes Only Openly Gay Member of Hawaii’s House of Representatives

Adrian Tam

Hawaii has elected its only openly gay Asian American member for the House of Representatives, defeating the state’s chapter leader of the far-right extremist group, the Proud Boys.

Big win: Adrian Tam, a 28-year-old first-time candidate of the Democratic Party, won the November election with a 63% vote against Nicholas Ochs, according to NBC News.