Tram T. Nguyen
The Asian-American wave in Massachusetts politics
By Shirley Leung, Boston Globe
Asian-Americans in Massachusetts have run for mayor (Sam Yoon, Boston), and some have even won (Lisa Wong, Fitchburg). They are city councilors (Nina Liang, Quincy; Michelle Wu, Boston), and lawmakers on Beacon Hill (Tackey Chan, Donald Wong).
But Congress? That barrier hasn’t been broken yet, but this may be the year. Just take a look at the Democratic field in the Third District: Three out of the 10 candidates are Asian-Americans — Beej Das, Dan Koh, and Bopha Malone.
“It’s not only that they are among the first Asian-Americans to seek office at this level in our state, but they represent the diversity among Asian-Americans,” said Paul Watanabe, director of the Institute for Asian American Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston.