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

Kal Penn’s awesome speech at the DNC

Kal Penn (mostly known as Kumar in Harold & Kumar movies and Dr. Lawrence Kutner in House) briefly took a break from acting in 2009 to work for the Obama administration as the Associate Director in the White House Office of Public Engagement. Since then he’s been balancing his acting career while working at the White House (seems like a cool life). His speech at the DNC was amazing (as were the other speeches). Loved how he tied how the President’s policies have impacted his friends..mixing the personal with the political such as the Affordable Care Act, Ending Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, and the deferred action on the Dream Act.