The Study of Asian American Politics: Looking Back, Looking Forward

The Study of Asian American Politics: Looking Back, Looking Forward

By Okiyoshi Takeda, Aoyama Gakuin University, Pei-te Lien, University of California, Santa Barbara and Sara Sadhwani, Pomona College

One area in which Asian Americans have made significant progress in the past 20 years is in the number of members of Congress. In 1999, there were only six Asian Pacific American members. In the House, there were only four: Patsy Mink (D-HI); Robert Matsui (D-CA); Robert Scott (D-VA, who is one-quarter Filipino and three-fourths African American); and David Wu (D-OR). In the Senate, the two senators were both from Hawai’i: Daniel Inouye (D) and Daniel Akaka (D, who was part Native Hawaiian and part Chinese).

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