February 6, 2012

AOF Condemns Hoekstra's Racially Insensitive Campaign Ad

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America’s Opportunity Fund (AOF) condemns the commercial aired during yesterday’s Super Bowl from Michigan Senate candidate, Pete Hoekstra. The commercial depicting a young Asian American woman speaking in broken English and set in a presumed Chinese countryside perpetuates negative stereotypes and is disrespectful to the Asian American community.

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January 23, 2012

Happy Lunar New Year!

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Happy Lunar New Year from all of us at America’s Opportunity Fund! We wish you and your family a joyous, healthy and prosperous New Year.

Happy Lunar New Year from all of us at America’s Opportunity Fund! We wish you and your family a joyous, healthy and prosperous New Year.

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December 23, 2011

Happy Holidays from Norm Mineta and America's Opportunity Fund!

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As we take the time to celebrate the meaning of the Holiday season and reflect upon this past year, we wanted to give thanks to all of you who have donated and supported our programs. You’ve helped AOF to strengthen our mission to increase the number of elected officials who represent the needs of communities of color, increase voter visibility and participation to support those endorsed candidates.

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November 4, 2011

For Envoy To China, The Personal And Political Mix

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The U.S. ambassador to China, Gary Locke, went home Friday. He didn't return to Seattle, his old stomping ground, but to his ancestral village in southern China. It was his third trip back, though his first since being appointed ambassador.

At first, Chinese Internet users had criticized him as a "fake foreign devil who can't speak Chinese." But now the tide has turned.

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September 19, 2011

Maria Luisa Mabilangan Haley: A Leader's leader

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Today, in Little Rock, Arkansas and across the country, we honor and celebrate the life of Maria Luisa Mabilangan Haley.

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June 7, 2011

America’s Opportunity Fund Expresses Condolences on the Passing of Etsu Mineta Masaoka

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Last week, long-time community leader Etsu Mineta Masaoka passed away. Mineta Masaoka was a stalwart leader and icon in the community, particularly within the Japanese-American community. She was the sister of AOF Co-Founder and Chair, Norman Y. Mineta, and was interned with her family at the Heart Mountain camp in Wyoming, where she met her husband, civil rights leader, Mike Masaoka.

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May 13, 2011

Happy AAPI Heritage Month!

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In 1977, when I was still a Congressman, I worked with Congressman Frank Horton to introduce a House resolution that established the first 10 days of May as Asian Pacific Heritage Week.  A month later, Senators Daniel Inouye and Spark Matsunaga led the passage of a similar bill in the Senate.  Then in 1990, APA Heritage Week was expanded to APA Heritage Month.

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May 9, 2011

Actress Tamlyn Tomita Meets with Activists to Discuss the Role of Arts in Advocacy

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Last Thursday, actress Tamlyn Tomita (of Joy Luck Club and Karate Kid II fame) met with a packed room of community leaders and activists to talk about her work as a fellow activist in the Asian American and Pacific Islander community.

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April 1, 2011

Virginia Candidate Training

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When we first announced our trainings for this year, many of you asked when we would host one in the D.C./Maryland/Virginia area. Our team has been working hard to plan our next training, co-sponsored by Virginia Delegate Mark L. Keam. This Candidate Training is for those interested in running for office or who are ready to run for the next level. This training is also ideal for those who want a deeper understanding of staffing or supporting candidates for office.

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March 24, 2011

UCLA AASC: 2011 Statistical Portrait of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Other Pacific Islanders

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The UCLA Asian American Studies Center, as an official U.S. Census Information Center (as a co-partner with National Coalition for Asian Pacific Community Development), is pleased to provide this 2011 statistical portrait of the Asian American and Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander populations.

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