Top 10 Moments of 2012

For this blog’s 100th post, I will be counting down the top 10 moments of 2012 for Asian Americans

10. US Olympic Swimmer Nathan Adrian wins Gold for his 100 m swim at London 2012 which he also won the Golden Goggles

 9. Paul Qui becomes the second Asian American to win Top Chef and wins the James Beard Award for Best Chef: Southwest

8. Susan Choi is given the James Beard Journalism Profile Award for her article “The Spice Wizardry of Lior Lev Sercarz” published in Food and Wine Magazine 

7. Kyla Ross along with her fellow US gymnasts of the Fierce Five wins gold medal in Team Performance

6. The Mindy Project makes its debut!

5. President Obama nominates first Asian American Lesbian Federal Judge

Senate panel advances  first lesbian Asian American judge

4.  Kal Penn, co-chair of President Obama’s re-election campaign,  delivered a fired up speech at the 2012 Democratic National Convention

3. November 2012 election reigns in historic majority house representations of women and minorities for the Democratic party including 7 Asian Americans


2. Also, the 2012 election mobilized a higher voter turnout of Asian Americans than in 2008 with 73 percent of their votes to re-elect President Obama, the highest percentage ever of Asian American vote for any single candidate 

1. Hawaii elects the first Asian American woman, Mazie Hirono to the U.S Senate

3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. ronarruejo
    Dec 27, 2012 @ 17:29:20

    How do you feel about the Lt. Gov. replacing Inouye instead of Hanabusa? And how would you have felt if Hanabusa had been picked and beat Hirono in terms of being “the first” in a variety of ways? Just curious =)


    • iyleenismail
      Dec 28, 2012 @ 15:44:10

      I am sure the Hawaiian governor had good reasons for appointing the Lt. governor but I think he should have fulfilled Senator Inouye’s wishes and appoint Hanabusa. To answer your second question, I am not familiar with Hanabusa’s history as a legislator to comment about her being “the first” instead of Hirono. Something I should read more of! But I think since the is only interim, hanabusa does have the possibility of running in the special election


      • ronarruejo
        Dec 29, 2012 @ 13:55:27

        Thanks for answering. (Sorry about the vagueness about the 2nd question.) Hanabusa would’ve beaten Hirono in terms of being the 1st Buddhist, Hawaiian woman, and Asian American woman in the US Senate. As I’m reading more articles, it seems that there are some internal Hawaii Democratic Party politics at work, but aren’t there always in every state and party.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: