21 candidates of Asian descent run for Congress (2012/11/06)

美選亞裔

除了選總統,美國今天還要改選所有聯邦眾議員,以及三分之一的參議員。不過值得注意的是,今年角逐國會席次的亞裔候選人,多達21位,創下歷來紀錄,顯示美國4年前選出史上第一位非洲裔總統歐巴馬後,讓亞裔的從政熱情大增。

美國史上第一位華裔女國會議員趙美心,在造勢活動中,和選民親切寒暄。如果沒有意外,她應能在11月6號大選中,成功連任第三任期。

其實在今年大選中,可以看到美國政壇出現微妙變化,尋求入主國會山莊的亞裔候選人數,創下新高,其中包括民主黨候選人18位,以及共和黨3位。

[[美國聯邦眾議員 趙美心]] 
“許多移民來到這個國家時,並未真的很熟悉美國政治體系,你其實被期待要參與(這個體系) ,如果不表達自己的意見,那就永遠不會被聽到,你的需求就無法被滿足”

現任紐約州眾議員孟昭文參選的皇后區,傳統上是猶太裔票倉,不過她在民主黨內的初選時,不但獲得亞裔支持,連向來封閉傳統的猶太裔選民,也有45%支持她。

[[紐約州聯邦眾議員候選人 孟昭文]]
“我希望竭盡所能,為兩邊人馬建立起關係,確保他們能了解選區內民眾的需求,同時我會全力幫助他們,促使我把資源帶回皇后區”

此外,母親是泰國華裔的達克沃斯,也代表民主黨在伊利諾州競選聯邦眾議員。

美籍日裔的高野,則放下教鞭轉戰政壇,代表民主黨競選加州聯邦眾議員,他若當選,將是美國史上、第一位公開出櫃的非白人國會議員。

US voters will also head to the polls to choose new members of the Senate and House of Representatives. Twenty-one of the candidates are of Asian heritage, a record number. 

Judy Chu is the first female of Chinese descent to be elected to the US House of Representatives. She is receiving a warm reception from supporters and barring any unexpected surprises, she should handily win tomorrow, successfully undertaking her third term of office.

In this year's elections you can see a subtle change in US politics, with the number of candidates with Asian heritage seeking office on Capitol Hill hitting a new high. This includes 18 Democratic candidates and three Republicans. 

Judy Chu
US Congresswoman 
Many immigrants come to this country not really being familiar with the American political system in which you really are expected to participate. If you don’t raise your voice you will never be heard and your needs will not be met. 

New York State Assemblywoman Grace Meng of Queens is a Taiwanese-American lawyer. She not only won over Asian supporters in her Democratic congressional primary but also gained 45 percent support from Jewish voters. 

Grace Meng
House of Representatives Candidate
I want to do whatever I can to build relationships with people on both sides of the aisle to ensure that they realize the needs of people in my district and whatever I can do to help them to facilitate me to bring resources back to Queens.

Another candidate for the House is Tammy Duckworth, whose mother is of Thai-Chinese ancestry. She is the Democratic nominee in Illinois 8th Congressional District.

Another Asian candidate is Japanese-American Mark Takano, who if elected will be the first openly gay, Asian-American member of congress.

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