Asian American leaders see ‘a pivotal moment’ for political participation amid rising hate
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WASHINGTON — Andy Kim remembers the warnings from political professionals when he first considered running for Congress in South Jersey: There was no way an Asian American could win. “They just told me flat out, ‘No. No chance,’” Kim, a Democrat, recalled this month. “And that really hurt, because the district I represent is where I went to kindergarten, where my oldest son is going to kindergarten right now. It’s our home. And to tell me that people in my own home are going to see me as ‘the other’ and not see that I’m a neighbor? … I’m glad I proved them wrong. Twice.” Kim, whose district in...