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Asian American lawmakers respond to the elementary school mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas

  • In response to yesterday’s Uvalde, Texas, elementary school mass shooting that left 21 dead, Asian lawmakers echoed many of the same sentiments as the colleagues of their respective parties.
  • Several notable Democratic members of Congress took to Twitter to blame the Republican Party for blocking what they described to be “common sense” gun safety laws.
  • Both Rep. Andy Kim (D, NJ-3) and Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) referred to how the NRA and other gun rights groups pour millions into Republican campaigns each cycle.
  • In 2021 alone, gun rights advocates invested $15.8 million for lobbying, while gun control groups spent a meager $2.9 million.
  • There have been no mentions of gun law reform on the accounts of Asian Republican lawmakers, while many offered prayers and their condolences for the tragedy.

In response to yesterday’s Uvalde, Texas, elementary school mass shooting that left 21 dead, Asian lawmakers echoed many of the same sentiments as the colleagues of their respective parties. 

Several notable Democratic members of Congress took to Twitter to blame the Republican Party for blocking what they described to be “common sense” gun safety laws, and urged legislators to immediately act on passing more regulations. 

GOP accuses Democratic house candidate Jay Chen of ‘mocking’ Korean American Rep. Michelle Steel’s accent

  • California Democratic candidate Jay Chen is being criticized for comments he made about Korean American Congresswoman Michelle Steel’s (R, CA-45) accent.
  • A clip circulating online shows Chen at a meet-and-greet last week in Fullerton, saying, "Yeah, so she just had another town hall the other day. And, umm, it's tough. We’ve transcribed it; you need an interpreter to figure out exactly what she’s saying; the more she speaks, the better for us."
  • The Republican National Committee called Chen’s comments “despicable” and “out of line.” Republican lawmakers such as House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R, CA-23) and South Korean-born Congresswoman Young Kim (R, CA-39) criticized the video.
  • Chen, whose parents are Taiwanese immigrants, is running against Steel to represent California’s 45th Congressional district in Orange County. Asian Americans make up the largest voting bloc in the district.
  • Chen’s campaign has yet to release a statement about the video and the criticisms of it.

Republican lawmakers are accusing California Democratic congressional candidate Jay Chen of “mocking” his opponent Korean American Congresswoman Michelle Steel’s (R, CA-45) accent.

“Yeah, so she just had another town hall the other day,” Chen says in a 14-second video uploaded to YouTube on Wednesday. “And, umm, it’s tough. We’ve transcribed it; you need an interpreter to figure out exactly what she’s saying. The more she speaks, the better for us.”

Young Kim Becomes First Korean-American Woman to Join U.S. House of Representatives

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History was made yesterday during the U.S. 2018 midterms when Young Kim, former State Legislator, became the first Korean-American woman to join the U.S. House of Representatives as well as be the first Korean-American member to serve in Congress.

In a very close race in California’s 39th district with 51.4% of votes against her opponent, Kim defeated Democrat Gil Cisneros who holds 48.6%, according to Yonhap News.