Sunday marked Beijing loyalist and former security chief John Lee’s election victory for Hong Kong chief executive.
An overwhelming majority — 97 percent — of Hong Kong’s largely pro-Beijing Election Committee of 1,461 members voted Lee in as the next leader for the city’s 7.5 million residents in an election with no other serious candidates.
- 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
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.
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 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.
Thu Nguyen has become the first nonbinary Worcester City Council member in Massachusetts.
LGBTQ+ representation: Asian Americans have made history across the nation on local election day on Tuesday. Nguyen made history for the LGBTQ+ community as well.
Andrew Yang is currently in the lead to become New York City’s next mayor.
The 46-year-old entrepreneur and politician received 28% support, according to a recent poll.
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.
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.
New York State Assemblymember Yuh-Line Niou (65th District) has earned another major endorsement for her re-election, with Senator Bernie Sanders recently expressing his support on Twitter.
In his post, the former Democratic presidential candidate noted Yuh-Line’s contributions to the communities that she represents:
Senator Elizabeth Warren has endorsed Taiwanese American politician Yuh-Line Niou for re-election in New York.
The announcement came on Tuesday when the former 2020 presidential candidate listed her endorsement on Twitter, which includes Niou.
Presidential candidate Andrew Yang was joined by his wife Evelyn in his third guest appearance on ABC’s “The View” on Wednesday.
At the start of the interview, the 44-year-old entrepreneur was asked to comment on the recent killing of Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani.