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

Introducing Pamela Ki Mai Chen

3 days ago, I posted a news link announcing that President Obama has appointed the First Asian American Lesbian as a Federal Judge, Pamela Ki Mai Chen to a New York District court. For this blog, I decided to shed more light on this newly-appointed Judge.

Pamela Ki Mai Chen is a graduate of Georgetown Law and is a first generation American daughter of Chinese immigrants. Under her experience as a prosecutor, she has a background in Civil Rights and currently heads the Civil Rights Section of the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District of New York. During her service in the United States Attorney’s Office, she has held many supervisory positions, including Chief of the Civil Rights Section and Deputy Chief of the Public Integrity Section.

If approved by the senate, she would become the second Chinese-American woman to serve as a judge in U.S. history. She was originally recommended by Senator Chuck Schumer.