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.]


  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.

  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?

  3. The photographer is formerly of the Chosun Ilbo.

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

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


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