By Yu-Ning Aileen Chuang and Jingzhe Kelly Wang
It was a Wednesday night, five days before early voting started in Illinois and Paula Camaya, a freshman at Loyola University, joined more than 20 others at Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Chicago in Uptown to call people in the community to make their votes count.
“We have been brushed aside for so long,” said Camaya, a Filipino American. “This is a huge population of people. Some people whose family has been here for generations, some who are like me, just got here. It’s important to be involved.”
Immigration has been one of the key issues in this year’s presidential election. However, in the debates, candidates from the major two parties rarely mentioned Asian Americans, the highest-income, best-educated and fastest-growing racial group nationwide, according to a Pew Research Center report on The Rise of Asian Americans.
Now Asian Americans are asking to be heard and seeking political representation in this election to make sure they have a voice.
By Vishakha Darbha
The Chicago Public Library hosts a Cantonese opera every Wednesday and Saturday, performed by the Zhaoqiu Chinese American ART Center. Opened last August, Chinatown has seen a growth in the number of new institutions, including a Park District Field House.
Chicago invested $19 Million in building the library. It is designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, which also designed New York City’s One World Trade Center. This was part of the Chinatown Community Vision Plan, a step toward investing in the area. Chicago’s Chinatown is thriving, unlike others in the rest of the nation, with the population increasing by more than 25% from 2000 to 2010.
The Chinese-American community in Chicago has recently been energized by various political events. A large crowd of Asian-Americans came together to protest against NYPD officer Peter Liang’s conviction on Feb. 20, while 2nd District State Representative Theresa Mah has emerged as the first Asian-American legislator in the Illinois General Assembly.
Asian-Americans share their perception on the increasing visibility of the Chinese-American community, during a Cantonese Opera performance at the Chicago Public Library (Vishakha Darbha/MEDILL)
Photo at Top: Cantonese Opera Performer at the Chinatown Branch of the Chicago Public Library (Vishakha Darbha/MEDILL)
By Ya Zhou
Shouting “sold out, sold out,” a group of protesters loudly booed and nearly prevented congressman Luis Gutierrez and other local elected officials from announcing their support of Theresa Mah, a Chinese-American candidate running for 2nd District state representative.
The endorsement of Mah took place in the Plaza Tenochtitlan in Pilsen on Monday afternoon, where Mah came with a group of supporters and 15th Ward Ald. Raymond Lopez and 12th Ward Ald. George Cardenas.
By Xiao Lyu and Ya Zhou
More than 100 people attended the 2nd district state representative candidate forum at Chinatown’s Pui Tak Center on Monday night.
The forum, organized by the Coalition for a Better Chinese American Community (CBCAC), invited the two candidates running for the seat to openly discuss their proposals and respond to audience questions.
However, one of the candidates, Alex Acevedo, didn’t show up “due to scheduling conflicts,” according to Chun Wah Chan, chairman of CBCAC.
Acevedo, the son of the current representative, could not be reached for comment Wednesday.