Thursday, July 16, 2009

California district elects US's first Chinese-American congresswoman

California voters in the San Gabriel Valley's 32nd Congressional District elected activist Judy Chu to the US House of Representatives in a special election. This makes her the Chinese-American woman ever elected to the US Congress, a milestone only about a century and a half in the making.

Asians and Latinos typically are underrepresented in the voter roles, but Asian-American voters account for 13% of the total in the Democrat's Los Angeles County district. She reached out to others, including the "almost half" of the electorate that is Latino. In the end, she won with a whopping 62% of the vote. 

[above: In addition to sequestering as many minority voters as possible into a single constituency, the gerrymandered district was also designed to resemble an Imperial Star Destroyer.]

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5 comments:

  1. I'm glad to hear this as I was constantly bombarded with letters, flyers, and emails from her campaign people for the past 6 months. I met her at a function and gave her my business card and the campaign materials started pouring in! Now, I hope that's over.

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  2. By the way, this was a funny shot of her. I wonder if the photographer thought taking it from this "looking up the skirt" angle would make her look taller?

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  3. The photographer is formerly of the Chosun Ilbo.

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  4. LastNameKim, she's hot for you. The campaign was just a 핑계. Go for it.

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  5. Haha! Well, I always did have a thing for powerful women.

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