In March , L. Ling-chi Wang got on a plane to Washington, where he felt that his words were being twisted. Wang, a professor at the University of California, Berkeley, had recently scored a victory when the school acknowledged it disproportionately hurt Asian-American applicants in its admissions, amid a wave of similar allegations of discrimination sweeping more than a dozen other universities. But in Washington, Mr. Wang lobbied against a resolution introduced by a representative from California, Dana Rohrabacher, that called for the federal government to ramp up investigations into reports of such discrimination. What troubled Mr.
Reid moves through the crowd at an Asian film festival in a sleek black suit, crisp white shirt and silver bolo tie encrusted with turquoise stones. Reid, a Filipino-American raised by a single mother in a heavily Latino neighborhood of Phoenix, helped organize the film festival as a fundraiser for a program that provides legal services to families facing deportation. To Reid, it is time that Asians make their voices heard in Arizona, and the best way to do that is to elect more of them to public office. The Asian population in the U. While Hispanics still outnumbered Asians about 3-to-1, their population grew by 60 percent in the same period. The spark was lit while he was an undergraduate at Arizona State University and met Madeline Ong-Sakata, an Asian-American community activist and prominent figure in the community in Phoenix at the time. Ong-Sakata was the daughter of Wing F.
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Don't have an account yet? Get the most out of your experience with a personalized all-access pass to everything local on events, music, restaurants, news and more. Because Maricopa County's Asian population might, at times, be barely noticed if it weren't for restaurants, George Cole figured it was time to try to pull things together. To build a sense of community, he says, he is using the printed word. The Asian American Sun, the week-old, English-language newspaper he publishes with the help of the newly formed Asian Chamber of Commerce, started appearing in Asian restaurants and businesses in mid-May.