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Roll Call: Indian American Names Bloom in White House Power Circle

NEW YORK – Kamala Devi Harris, Vivek Murthy, Gautam Raghavan, Mala Adiga, Vinay Reddy, Bharat Ramamurti, Neera Tanden, Celine Gounder, and Atul Gawande are some of the Indian American names that are blooming more now than at any other time in the innermost circles of the White House and that, too, within weeks after the...
By Nikhila Natarajan, India West |

Not Simply “Ethnic,” Community Media Plants Flag in Mainstream Discourse

In collaboration with the the Latin Media Collaborative and the UCR Center for Social Innovation, the Ethnic Media Impact report analyzed a survey of 100 ethnic media outlets to understand media outlets in California. "According to the report, California’s more than 300 ethnic media outlets serve at least 38 racial, ethnic, and cultural communities -...

[Analysis] Trying to understand Filipino-American Catholics who voted for Trump

Congress has confirmed that Joe Biden will be sworn in as the 46th President of the United States of America. The path here has been an agonizing wait for many, made more frightening by Donald Trump’s repeated calls for violence and numerous efforts to subvert the results of the November 3rd election. The January 6th...
By Christian Seno, Rappler |

Georgia's Senate flips blue-Communities of color helped

Close to 240,000 Asian Americans are eligible to vote, around 4% of Georgia’s electorate, and they have increased their voter registration every year for the last three presidential cycles, a Pew Research Center analysis shows. For the Asian American population, the top concerns are health care, national security and the economy, according to AAPI Data...
By Northwest Asian Weekly |

Statement on the Jan 6 Insurrection in DC

Dear friends, colleagues, and partners, Yesterday's insurrection in D.C. breached not only the U.S. Capitol, but also much of what we hold dear with respect to democratic norms, constitutional safeguards, and social commitments. Thankfully, as evening came, we saw a bipartisan commitment to reaffirm some of those principles and uphold the importance of truth and...

Could Asian Americans be crucial to swinging Georgia's Senate races?

The Georgia Senate runoff races will be taking place on January 5, 2021. "Though Asian Americans comprise only about 4% of Georgia’s population – a far smaller share than in places like California – they have emerged as an increasingly influential electoral force in this politically divided, southern swing state." Read more to learn about...
By Lauren Gambino |

Why Kamala Harris' first matter

Vice President-elect Kamala Harris' place in the White House alongside Joe Biden is a historic development for America. This episode is a special deep dive into the nation's understanding about identity — and how Harris' vice presidency could help change how we talk about race and ethnicity. Guests: Axios' Courtenay Brown, UC Riverside political scientist...
By Niala Boodhoo, Axios |

Inland people of color increased clout in 2020 elections

For many Inland people of color, the path to change in 2020 started in the streets,continued to the ballot box and ended in elected office. From city hall to Sacramento and Washington, D.C., Inland Black and Latino candidates candidates won seats and cemented their political power in the Nov. 3 election, bringing diversity and influence...
By Jeff Horseman, The Press-Enterprise |

Asian-Americans are a key force in the US Senate run-off elections in Georgia

According to data from the Georgia-based Asian American Advocacy Fund (AAAF), the Asian-American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community is the fastest growing population in the state, with a population that has swelled 138 per cent since 2000 and now totals more than 495,000 people. While the AAPI population comprises around 4 per cent of Georgia’s...
By Bernd Debusmann Jr, South China Morning Post |

Political Scientist Karthick Ramakrishnan on Why Asian Americans Vote Blue

There’s been a huge political shift among Asian Americans moving from the Republican to the Democratic party over the last 25 years, said Karthick Ramakrishnan, a political scientist and the director of the UC Riverside Center for Social Innovation. It’s partly a reaction to nativism in the post-9/11 Republican party, said Ramakrishnan, and partly the...
By Zocalo Public Square |

Democrats target Asian American and Latino voters in crucial Georgia Senate runoffs

Ahead of the crucial Jan. 5 Senate runoff election that will decide control of the upper chamber, Democrats are hoping to tap the rising political power of AAPI and Latino voters across Georgia to defeat incumbent GOP Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler and elect challengers Jon Ossoff and Rev. Raphael Warnock. A historic surge...
By Hannah Miao, CNBC |

Asian American and Pacific Islanders' Record Turnout Helped Flip Georgia Blue Now They Could Help Shape the Future of the Senate

On Nov. 3, Soon Woo Kwon stayed up late watching the news, eager to find out the results of the first American election he voted in. Kwon, who has been living in Georgia for 13 years, immigrated to the United States from South Korea in 2007, and when he finally became a naturalized citizen this...
By Anna Purna Kambhampaty, TIME |

Asian Americans Could Be Key to Winning Georgia. Are Campaigns Flubbing Their Chance?

There's an important, new electorate up for grabs. But the candidates need to do a better job catering to these voters The AAPI community makes up just 3-4.5 percent of the population in Georgia, depending on which data you use, but it’s one of the fastest-growingdemographic groups in the state (and the fastest-growing group in...
By Jeff Le, Politico |

Census Legacies looks to perpetuate Census success

The community coalitions that increases underrepresented communities' voices in Census 2020 plan to expand their influence in government planning This week, more than 200 leaders from across the United States helped launch Census Legacies, a new community-building effort by the Center for Social Innovation at UC Riverside with partners in philanthropy, government, and community. The...
By John Warren, UCR News |

Beyond Surveys: What Voter Data Reveals About Asian American Preferances

California’s 39th district incorporates portions of Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Orange Counties and is home to a large and growing Asian American and Pacific Islander community – 33 percent of district residents are AAPI according to the American Community Survey. In 2016, Asian Americans comprised 15 percent of voters who cast a ballot. In...
By Sara Sadhwani, AAPI Data |

Economic Summit highlights need for an inclusive economic development strategy

More than 400 leaders in business, public policy, housing and education joined us online yesterday for the 11th Annual Southern California Economic Summit. This year’s program took a serious look at the strategies needed for building back a strong, inclusive Southern California economy and featured forecasts from the region’s top economists. The panel session –...
By OC-Breeze |

Resisting Amazon is not Futile

Amazon represents the pinnacle challenge to union organizers and socialists throughout the country. Are we in a 1919 moment, still a generation of failures away from breakthrough success? Or closer to 1935, approaching the tipping point of winning real worker power? It seems eons ago, the youth-led climate strike of September 20, 2019 that brought...
By Jonathan Rosenblum, Jacobin |

CSULB Professor Publishes "The Cost Of Free Shipping: Amazon In The Global Economy"

A new book by CSULB professor Jake Alimahomed-Wilson and UC Riverside professor Ellen Reese attempts to put the unprecedented wonders – and challenges – of the Amazon economy into critical focus. In "The Cost of Free Shipping: Amazon in the Global Economy," the authors examine the residual, often negative effects that rapid, exponential growth has...
By Press Release Desk, Patch |

Political Organization At An All-Time High In Austin’s Asian American Community

Eligible Asian American voters in Texas are more politically organized than ever before and are poised to make an impact this election. Rapid growth in this population, policies of the current government and the 2020 Census may have contributed to the group’s active participation in this election cycle and possibly continued political dialog after Nov...
By Sumaiya Malik |

Record Asian American turnout helped Biden win Georgia. Can it help flip the Senate?

In Gwinnett County outside Atlanta, which has the state’s largest AAPI population, more than 30,000 AAPI voters cast their ballots early this year compared with 9,500 in 2016. Of those who voted early this year, 43 percent had not voted in 2012, 2016 or 2018, according to Cho’s group. That affected more than just the...
By Amy B. Wang, The Washington Post |