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President Biden touts community funding, COVID Hate Crimes Act signing in AANHPI Heritage Month proclamation

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  • President Biden released the White House’s annual proclamation on Asian American, and now Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Heritage Month for May, laying out how his administration is supportive of these communities.
  • Biden’s administration announced earlier this year that it would be using “AANHPI” instead of “AAPI,” to include Native Hawaiians. Hawaii is the only state to be considered having a majority AANHPI population.
  • AANHPIs are also the country’s fastest-growing racial group, with over 20 million people, or 6.1 percent of the total population, identifying as AANHPI.
  • It is predicted that by the year 2060, one in 10 children in the U.S. will be Asian American, bringing that number to 48 million, or 11.7% of the population.
  • In his proclamation, Biden shared that he was “proud” to have Vice President Kamala Harris, the first person of South Asian descent to hold the second-in-command role, as part of his administration.
  • The two key takeaways were Biden’s investments to the AA and NHPI communities, including funds specifically allocated to AANHPI causes and businesses, and legal action to combat anti-Asian sentiment and hate crimes due to COVID-19.

President Biden released the White House’s annual proclamation on Asian American, and now Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Heritage Month for May, laying out how his administration is supportive of these communities.

This year’s statement, released on April 29, celebrates the “innumerable contributions” and “vibrant cultures” of AA and NHPI.

Biden press secretary attributes anti-Asian hate crime spike to ‘hateful rhetoric’ about COVID-19 origins

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  • White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki blamed “hateful rhetoric” about COVID-19’s origins for the rise in anti-Asian hate crimes.
  • A reporter asked a question about President Joe Biden’s plans to address the three-fold hate crime increase under the current administration.
  • Psaki responded by saying Biden created a task force and hired a senior-level staffer to represent him for issues concerning the Asian American community.
  • “We've seen this rise unfortunately because of hate-filled rhetoric and language around the origins of the pandemic and that is something that Asian Americans across the country have been feeling,” Psaki said.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki attributed the rise in anti-Asian hate crimes to “hateful rhetoric” about COVID-19’s origins. 

The assertion was made during the White House press briefing on Tuesday as part of Psaki’s response to a reporter’s question that referenced a “339%” hate crime increase under the current administration. 

‘A damp sock puppet in human form’: Elon Musk insults Biden after White House snub

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  • Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk called President Joe Biden a “damp sock puppet in human form” after the White House snubbed him for the second time at an Electric Vehicle (EV) summit on Jan. 26.
  • Musk, who unveiled Tesla’s showroom in China’s Uyghur Autonomous Region earlier this month, blasted the president on social media last year after being excluded from a similar White House meeting in August 2021.
  • He said the administration was "maybe a little biased" when he was snubbed last year.

Tesla and SpaceX CEO and billionaire Elon Musk recently took to social media to criticize President Joe Biden and call him a “damp sock puppet” for not inviting him to a White House meeting for top business leaders.

Musk, 50, blasted Biden in a series of tweets on Thursday in which he described the POTUS as a “damp socket puppet in human form,” according to Fox Business. The tweets were sent as a reply to Biden’s tweet stating that “Companies like GM and Ford are building more electric vehicles here at home than ever before.”

Biden Deputy Assistant Erika Moritsugu on why the White House now uses ‘AANHPI’ instead of ‘AAPI’

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  • Deputy Assistant to the President and Asian American Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Senior Liaison Erika Moritsugu spoke to NextShark about the Biden presidency one year in.
  • Inclusivity and acknowledgement of the diverse realities of AANHPIs in America have been key to the White House’s priorities, says Moritsugu.

One year into the Biden Administration, Deputy Assistant to the President and Asian American Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Senior Liaison Erika Moritsugu reflected on the efforts of the White House to better serve our communities. 

Committed to Asian American communities

Heavily-armed California man with TikTok ‘hit list,’ including Biden, Obama, Fauci, in custody

White House Hit List
  • Authorities found an AR-15-type rifle inside Kuachua Brillion Xiong’s vehicle after he was pulled over for “driving aggressively” in Iowa on Dec. 21.
  • Investigators also uncovered several items inside his car, including a TikTok hit list containing 100 names, including President Joe Biden, former presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, Dr. Anthony Fauci and Mark Zuckerberg.
  • Xiong planned to enter through a White House security “weak spot” to fight “evil demons.”
  • He was charged with one count of making threats against a former president of the United States.

A heavily-armed man who was allegedly on his way to the White House to kill figures of authority – such as President Joe Biden, Dr. Anthony Fauci and Barack Obama – has been arrested in Iowa.

Cass County Sheriff’s Department arrested Kuachua Brillion Xiong, 25, a recently fired grocery store employee from Merced, California, for “driving aggressively” on Interstate 80 in Cass County, Iowa, on Dec. 21, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Biden names Daniel Dae Kim, 22 others to AANHPI Advisory Commission tackling anti-Asian hate, inequity


The White House has announced the list of civic leaders to make up the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders (AANHPI), which will offer him counsel on ways to advance equity and opportunity for the target communities.

Who made the list: Biden named 23 members to the commission. Most of them are in the private sector, a likely response to the disproportionate impact COVID-19 has had on Asian American businesses.

White House allegedly cut Taiwan minister’s feed after map of Taiwan and China in different colors shown

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Anonymous sources said Biden’s Summit for Democracy disabled Taiwan Minister Audrey Tang’s screen-sharing abilities during her presentation at the command of White House officials, according to Reuters.

Sources reveal intentional interference: Reuters reported that during President Biden’s Summit for Democracy on Dec. 10, Taiwan Digital Minister Audrey Tang’s video feed was intentionally cut off leaving only her audio feed for the rest of her presentation.

For 85 minutes, Kamala Harris was the only woman, Asian American in US history to hold presidential power

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Vice President Kamala Harris made history once again by becoming the first woman and Asian American to gain presidential power after President Joe Biden underwent a routine colonoscopy on Friday morning, according to the White House.

Transfer of power: Harris, the first Black and South Asian vice president of the United States, became the commander in chief for nearly an hour and a half.

Worker rights attorney Julie Su confirmed as second-in-command at US Department of Labor

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Civil rights attorney Julie Su was recently confirmed as the Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor.

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.

Chantale Wong becomes first LGBTQ person of color nominated for director of Asian Development Bank

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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.

Biden Appoints Erika Moritsugu as AAPI Senior Liaison, Deputy Assistant to the President

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President Joe Biden has announced the appointment of Erika Moritsugu as Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Senior Liaison on Wednesday.

Vital voice: Moritsugu, who was also appointed as Deputy Assistant to the President, is set to “be a vital voice to advance the President and the Administration’s priorities,” a recent press release issued by the White House noted.