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To be seen and heard

Two years ago, alumnus John Liu '88 was elected New York City comptroller, the first Asian American to win citywide office. In May at the SUNY Global Center in New York City, Binghamton University's Asian and Asian American Alumni Council (AAAAC) assembled a panel to explore whether his election was an anomaly or a milestone that signaled a rising Asian-American political voice.

The panelists were Margaret Chin, the first Asian American elected to Manhattan's District 1; Grace Meng, the only Asian American in the New York State Assembly; Chung Seto, who ran John Liu's successful comptroller campaign and is now his advisor; Kevin Kim, candidate for New York City Council from Queens; and Professor Lisa Yun, professor in the departments of English, General Literature and Rhetoric and of Asian and Asian American Studies at Binghamton University.

The moderator was Rocky Chin, director of the New York State Division of Human Rights and cofounder of the Asian American Bar Association of New York. Comptroller John Liu also stopped by.

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Last Updated: 10/2/12