On Sunday, Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao, a Filipino politician and legendary boxer, officially announced his candidacy for the highest position in the Philippine government.
We need progress: During a livestreamed speech, the 42-year-old Filipino senator claimed to be a fighter both inside and outside the ring before accepting his political allies’ nomination at a national assembly, according to Reuters.
Delaware unanimously dismisses ethics complaint against representative who called Asian women ‘ch*nk broads’
The Ethics Committee of the Delaware House of Representatives has unanimously voted to dismiss a complaint filed against Rep. Gerald Brady (D-Wilmington) for his use of an anti-Asian slur, saying he did not violate any law.
What he said: Brady, 65, used the derogatory term “ch*nk” in a June 27 email he had accidentally sent to a person advocating for the decriminalization of prostitution in Delaware. He reportedly intended to send it to a friend.
Vice President Kamala Harris finally arrived in Vietnam after being delayed due to reports of the so-called “Havana Syndrome” in Hanoi.
What happened: Harris was in Singapore when her team received a report of two possible cases of Havana Syndrome in Vietnam, her next destination during her trip across Asia, according to The Guardian.
A “blatantly racist” comment made by Nye County Commissioner Donna Cox against Gov. Steve Sisolak’s (D-NV) wife ignited backlash from both the Democratic and Republican parties.
What happened: The Nevada Independent first broke the news of the three-term Republican commissioner’s racist remark on Sunday.
President Joe Biden is offering a temporary “safe haven” to Hong Kong residents in the U.S. in response to the sweeping Hong Kong National Security Law passed last year.
Unwavering support: In a memo issued on Thursday, Biden tasked the Department of Homeland Security to enact a “deferral of removal” for up to 18 months for people from Hong Kong living in the U.S., enabling them to extend their stay due to “compelling foreign policy reasons,” reported Reuters.
Republican Senate candidate Peter Yu defended his statement at a campaign event in Golden, Colo., last month, suggesting the #StopAsianHate movement has been “politically exaggerated.”
What happened: Speaking at an event hosted by the Colorado Log Cabin Republicans on July 20, Yu said he had never experienced anti-Asian discrimination amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Colorado Times Recorder reported.
The U.S. Defense Secretary affirmed the country had “lapsed” when it came to the rise of anti-Asian hate while giving a lecture in Singapore.
Working towards a “more perfect union”: Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin spoke about the rise in anti-Asian attacks in the U.S. at the International Institute for Strategic Studies Fullerton Lecture on Tuesday.
New position: The Senate voted 50-47 to approve her as the second-in-command of the department on July 13, reported Bloomberg Law.Her job duties will include overseeing efforts to “rebuild and empower” the Labor Department workers, manage the department’s budgets and execute the priorities of the Secretary of Labor. She will be serving as the department’s de-facto Chief Operating Officer, according to a DOL spokesperson. “Julie has been fighting for workers’ rights from California for nearly three decades. And now, as Deputy Secretary of Labor, she will help our country build a more inclusive economy that works for all Americans as we recover from a once-in-a-lifetime pandemic,” California Governor Gavin Newsom said in a statement.
Job History: Su previously worked as the Litigation Director in Los Angeles for Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAJC) for over 15 years.
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.
President Joe Biden has nominated several people for key roles, including Chantale Wong as the U.S. Director of the Asian Development Bank, with the rank of Ambassador.
The nomination: Wong has over 30 years of experience in a multi-disciplinary field, including finance, technology and the environment, according to the White House announcement on Friday. She is also a leading authority in international development policy.
Senate Republicans used Thursday’s vote on legislation to combat anti-Asian hate to renew the fight over affirmative action programs by proposing an amendment to halt federal funding for colleges that factor race into the admissions process.
The proposed amendment which failed to pass in a 49-48 vote, would penalize universities for practices that discriminate against Asian Americans.
Only one U.S. senator opposed passing a bill directed at fighting the surge in hate crimes against Asian Americans amid the COVID-19 pandemic — because it was “hugely broad.”
The legislation, known as the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act, was introduced by Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) in March and directs the Justice Department to facilitate the expedited review of such crimes.