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SCOTUS ruling that gives right to carry gun in public condemned by Asian American lawmakers

  • Democratic Asian lawmakers responded to the Supreme Court’s historic ruling on Thursday that the Constitution grants U.S. citizens the right to carry a gun outside the home.
  • In a 6-3 ruling, the court decided that the right to “keep and bear arms” was not limited to keeping guns at home for self-defense, as it had been previously ruled in 2008.
  • The new interpretation was the result of a New York case in which gun owners sued the state for making it nearly impossible for citizens to obtain a gun license.
  • New York law previously required a person to get a special permit to carry a concealed handgun in public, but the permit would only be granted if the person proved they had a need for a firearm beyond personal protection.
  • Several Democratic Asian American lawmakers took to Twitter to respond to what is the biggest expansion of gun rights in a decade, including Rep. Andy Kim (D, NJ-3), Senator Mazie Hirono (D, HI) and Rep. Grace Meng (D, NY-6).

Democratic Asian American lawmakers responded to the Supreme Court’s historic ruling on Thursday that the Constitution grants the right to carry a gun outside the home.

In a 6-3 ruling, the court decided that the right to “keep and bear arms” was not limited to keeping guns at home for self-defense, as it had been previously ruled in 2008. 

Senate passes bill to study new Asian Pacific American history national museum

  • The AAPI museum study bill was passed in the Senate on Thursday by unanimous vote, necessitating the creation of a committee that will plan its building. 
  • Sponsored by U.S. Representative Grace Meng (D, NY-6), the measure first passed in the House on April 26 and was awaiting the Senate’s final approval.
  • The bill “seeks to create the first national museum dedicated to preserving the history, culture, and accomplishments of Asian Pacific Americans.” 
  • With Congress' support, a commission of eight experts will be created to facilitate the planning of the AAPI facility’s construction and operations, potentially as a part of the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C.
  • While the bill does not guarantee the establishment of an AAPI Museum, it ensures that there will be a draft with a plan of action to be submitted to Congress.

The AAPI museum study bill was passed in the Senate on Thursday by unanimous vote, establishing the creation of a committee that will plan its building.  

Sponsored by U.S. Representative Grace Meng (D, NY-6), who is also the first vice chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, the measure first passed in the House on April 26 and was awaiting the Senate’s final approval.

Rep. Tim Ryan defends anti-China campaign ad amid Sinophobia accusations

  • Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH), who is running for Ohio's open U.S. Senate seat, defended “It’s us vs China,” his anti-China campaign video which blames the East Asian country for the surge in job losses and price increases in the U.S.
  • “Ohio workers are the best in the world, and I will never apologize for doing everything in my power to take on China and fight for all Ohioans,” Ryan said.
  • Last month, the senatorial candidate received backlash for his video from several AAPI leaders, including Rep. Grace Meng (D-NY), who accused the Democratic candidate of being “Sinophobic.”
  • Ryan is up against attorney Morgan Harper and community activist Traci Johnson for the competitive Democratic primary on May 3. The general election will occur on Nov. 8.

Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH) has spoken out in defense of his controversial anti-China campaign video, insisting that its content is directed not at Chinese citizens, but at their government.

In an emailed statement, Ryan, who is running for Ohio’s open U.S. Senate seat, said he has spent his career “sounding the alarm on China,” which he described as the “greatest economic adversary” of the United States for 40 years. He also accused the ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP) of “currency manipulation, intellectual property theft and artificially depressed wages,” among other claims.

Lunar New Year will be a federal holiday if bill proposed by Rep. Grace Meng passes

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  • Rep. Grace Meng (D-N.Y.) has introduced a new bill that would add Lunar New Year to the list of 11 recognized federal holidays in the United States.
  • Meng also introduced another resolution, “Recognizing the cultural and historical significance of Lunar New Year in 2022,” alongside the new bill on Friday.
  • “My bill, coupled with my resolution, would demonstrate that the holiday celebrated by millions is also valued by their government,” Meng, a Taiwanese American born in Queens, said.

After helping make Lunar New Year a school holiday in New York, Queens Rep. Grace Meng (D-N.Y.) is now pushing to make it a federal holiday through new legislation.

Introduced on Friday, the Lunar New Year Day Act bill, co-sponsored by 44 other individuals, would add Lunar New Year to the list of 11 federally recognized holidays, according to a press release published on Monday.

Rep. Grace Meng pushes bill to create first National Asian American Museum in US

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U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-N.Y.) has called for a vote on a bill that would pave the way for the creation of the country’s first national museum dedicated to Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs).

What it’s about: The legislation, which Meng first introduced in 2017, will examine the possibility of creating a national museum that preserves the history, culture and accomplishments of AAPIs. It is officially titled “Commission to Study the Potential Creation of a National Museum of Asian Pacific American History and Culture Act.”

Congresswoman Grace Meng joins NextShark and TAAF to launch national network to fight hate

NextShark and The Asian American Foundation (TAAF) are excited to announce our recent partnership to present the AAPI community with From Hate to Hope, a crucial conversation to unite us against hate streaming on September 30 at 2:00 p.m. EDT on Facebook Live.

Join Congresswoman Grace Meng, Dr. Thu Quach, Incoming President of Asian Health Services, Jo-Ann Yoo, Executive Director of the Asian American Federation, and TAAF Founding President Sonal Shah, and NextShark’s very own founder and CEO Benny Luo for a free streaming event moderated by PBS NewsHour anchor Amna Nawaz

OPINION: The Future of Asian Americans Lies with Joe Biden and Kamala Harris

Editor’s Note:  Grace Meng and Judy Chu are elected Democratic politicians in the U.S. House of Representatives. The views expressed in this piece are solely their own.

Words matter. And a president’s words matter even more. That’s why it is critical that we elect Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, who use their words to unify and inspire us to be our best selves.

NY Congresswoman Introduces Bill to Ensure Students Learn Asian American History

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U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Queens) introduced a bill on Tuesday that promotes the teaching and learning of Asian Pacific American history in schools.

The legislation’s announcement fell on the 42nd anniversary of President Jimmy Carter’s enactment of the Asian Pacific American Heritage Week, which President George H. W. Bush later extended to the month-long celebration we know today.