While we are moving farther into the autumn season, October is still staying a bit steamy. Strong chances of rain over the weekend might dampen your chances to check out early fall colors, but most of the precipitation is expected in northeastern Minnesota.
Fortunately, the latest fall colors map from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources suggests your best chances at spotting the seasonal shift will be in the northwest, central south and western border near South Dakota near the Minnesota River.
As we are now entering the fall season, it is a time to prepare for winter and enjoy the annual ritual of watching the emergence of fall colors as nature does its thing.
Benefiting from the extended summery weather, where those that attended a number of outdoor events like the Minnesota Garden Society Poetry contest on page 1, the Moon Festival at the Phalen Chinese Garden on page 5 and world premiere dance performance on page 7.
After a hiatus of several years, The Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans was able to present the 2022 Asian Pacific Minnesotans Leadership Awards Dinner. This year’s elegant and exciting event was attended by over 500 people that came to recognize and honor those who’ve contributed to the common good.
Senator Tina Smith and Governor Tim Walz of Minnesota (center) congratulated award recipients.
Given the times we are living in, we also celebrated survival and the leadership that brought us through the worst pandemic in a century. To these ends, the recipients shared uplifting stories from our API communities and of individuals and groups, whose examples inspired us to maintain our individual and collective pursuits of lives well lived. For more details go to: https://mn.gov/capm/council/.
I am honored to have been awarded an Outstanding Service Award. See page 6
With the 2022 U.S. midterm national elections less than a month away, will Asian American voters make a difference in the U.S. political fabric? Although there are constantly surveys being taken to determine how Asian Americans will actually vote, a recent AsAmNews survey reveals key issues ahead of the midterms.
This year’s survey contacted 1,601 registered Asian American voters, representing the six biggest Asian American ethnic groups in the U.S.— Chinese, Indian, Filipino, Korean, Japanese, and Vietnamese—from April to June. The survey was also offered in Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese, in order to reach the significant population of Asian Americans who are not comfortable speaking English. The resulting data is disaggregated by factors such as ethnic group, age, gender, country or birth region, and party identification.
Researchers found that the surveyed Asian American voters overall tended to favor Democrats over Republicans in a 2:1 ratio in both House and Senate midterm elections. Independent or undecided voters also reported leaning towards Democrats in the same ratio. However, disaggregating data reveals differences between ethnic subgroups: Indian Americans, for instance, tend to favor Democrats the most, while Vietnamese Americans tend to be split between both parties.
Regardless of your political persuasion, it is your duty to make sure you vote.
In closing, we wish all of you continued good health and encourage you to do your part to responsibly fight the COVID-19 pandemic.