John Cho

Korean-born actor John Cho is best known for playing Harold in "Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle" and for appearing in the movie, "American Pie". In October 2008, Cho partnered with George Takei (whose "Star Trek" role Cho was reprising in a film remake) to denounce California's Proposition 8 and to "create a world were all couples, including gay couples, could marry."

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New Poll:  LA Voters Overwhelmingly Support Freedomt to Marry

LA Times
June 19, 2009
A new poll showed a majority of voters in Los Angeles support the right of same-sex couples to legally marry, with 56% in favor and 37% opposed. But the poll also showed that within the city, views on the issue differed widely among racial and ethnic groups. [link]

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California marriage equality fight goes to Chinatown

June 18, 2009

Lost in the 2009 election wreckage for gays was the marriage campaign's relative success in Asian communities, which have swung toward support of the freedom to marry at a faster rate than the rest of California and have become a model for other groups.

Asian Americans have been building grass-roots support in Chinatown, Little Tokyo, Filipinotown for four years. Gays, lesbians and straight allies have talked about the often-taboo topic of homosexuality, set up booths at festivals, harangued non-English language media to change coverage and lobbied elected officials for support. (Link)

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Calif. Lesbian Mother Given Deportation Reprieve

Associated Press
April 24, 2009

Shirley Tan, a Filipino immigrant facing deportation and separation from her partner and family, will likely be allowed to remain in the U.S. through next year after Sen. Dianne Feinstein introduced an emergency immigration bill in Congress that would give Tan two years to apply for a new visa or for permanent U.S. residency. [Link]

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API-PFLAG “Think, Write, Win: Choose Love” Essay Contest in support of Marriage Equality

AsAm Files
April 16, 2009

API-PFLAG is hosting an essay contest/scholarship for current graduating high school seniors and/or undergraduates, who are permanently residing in either Orange County or Los Angeles counties. Over $5,000 in college scholarships will be awarded to the best student essays on why marriage is a fundamental civil right. DEADLINE APRIL 24, 2009 [Link]

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OP-ED: Iowa’s Family Values

New York Times
April 8, 2009
Steven W. Thrasher writes, "When the good state of Iowa conferred the dignity of civic recognition on my parents' relationship -- a relationship some members of their own families thought was deviant and immoral, that the civil authorities of Nebraska had tried to destroy, and that even some of my mom's college-educated friends believed would produce children striped like zebras -- our family began. And by the time my father died, their interracial marriage was seen just as a marriage, and an admirable 45-year one at that." [Link]

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Japan Allows Its Gay and Lesbian Citizens Marriage Abroad

Agence France-Presse
March 27, 2009

Although Japan's government does not recognize marriage for gay couples, it has approved a policy to allow Japanese citizens to marry same-sex foreign partners abroad. [Link]

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Minorities Fear Trend From California Marriage Ban

November 24, 3008
African American, Latino and Asian American groups said in a brief filed in opposition to Prop. 8: "The entire purpose behind the constitutional principle of equal protection would be subverted if the constitutional protection of unpopular minorities were subject to simple majority rule. This case is not simply about gay and lesbian equality." [Link]

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OP-ED: Gays and Asians, Not So Strange Bedfellows

San Francisco Chronicle
November 5, 2008
Jeff Yang writes about the anniversary of Harvey Milk's death and upcoming biopic on the LGBT equality advocate possibly helping the Bay Area's LGBT and Asian American communities find more common ground. [Link]

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Battle Over Marriage Divides Small City

New America Media
October 27, 2008
Steve Bok, 21, a Chinese-American social worker with the National Association of Social Workers, considers opposition to same-sex marriage another form of discrimination. "Most of my family and friends are all against Prop 8 because they once experienced the Chinese Exclusion Act," he said. "Prop 8 is the Chinese Exclusion Act of 2008." [Link]
The freedom to marry matters to the APA community too.

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