Gary Locke, first Chinese American ambassador to China, will step down in early 2014  

by Elaine Dunn

On Nov. 20, just two-and-a-half years into his tenure, Gary Locke, the first Chinese American to serve as ambassador to China, made the unexpected announcement that he would be stepping down in early 2014. No firm departure date is available as this goes to press.

Locke’s announcement took many, including embassy staff, by surprise

Acting Deputy Secretary Dr. Rebecca M. Blank Assumes Role of Acting Commerce Secretary

WASHINGTON – U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke formally resigned [Aug. 1] and was sworn-in by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as the next U.S. Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China.

By Greg Hugh, Staff Writer


President Barack Obama has nominated his Commerce Secretary, Gary Locke, as ambassador to the Peoples Republic of China. If the posting is confirmed by the Senate, Locke would be the first Chinese-American to hold this important and sensitive position.


             The Honorable Tony N. Leung

The Honorable Tony N. Leung was sworn in on April 29, 2011 as a new U.S. Magistrate Judge by Chief U.S. District Court Judge Michael J. Davis in Minneapolis, MN. Judge Leung becomes the first Asian-Pacific American to serve on the federal bench in Minnesota. Prior to today, Judge Leung had served for nearly 17 years as a state District Court Judge in Minnesota's Fourth Judicial District in Hennepin County. He was born in Hong Kong, immigrated to the U.S. when he was six years old, and became the first Asian-Pacific American judge in Minnesota history when he was appointed in 1994 by Governor Arne H. Carlson.

New report by the Insight Center for Community Economic Development finds existing Social Security system best way to provide some financial security for Asian and Pacific Islander Americans

WASHINGTON — (U.S. ASIAN WIRE) — Social Security is a critical income source for elderly and disabled Asian and Pacific Islander Americans and the existing system is the best way to guarantee a measure of financial security for them and their families, a new report said on [Mar. 7].

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