another story on growing asian american political power

With the recent electon of David Chiu as president of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, the Associated Press has another article on the growing political engagement of Asian Americans in the United States, on a variety of levels: Asian-American political profile rising in US. But we already knew that.

An interesting statistic though: according to UCLA's Asian American Studies Center, there are more than 2,000 Asian and Pacific Islander elected and appointed representatives countrywide. All things considered, does that number seem like a little or a lot?

In California, Asian-Americans hold two seats in the state Senate, 10 in the Assembly, plus the posts of state controller and chief of the Board of Equalization. A decade ago, there was only one high-ranking Asian-American official, the state treasurer. That's progress, and I like it.

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