February 7—The Massachusetts Asian American Commission (AAC) hosted a reception honoring the newly elected and reelected Asian American legislators – Senator Sonia Chang-Díaz (D-Second Suffolk), Representative Tackey Chan (D-Quincy) and Representative Donald Wong (R-Saugus).
“For me, it is really a privilege to have both Representatives Chan and Wong in the legislature. I’ve always been very cognizant about coming in as the first Asian-American to be elected to the legislature….the first person of color in the Senate…it’s hard to be there on your own. Thank you so much to both of you personally for taking the great step of putting your name on that ballot,” Chang-Díaz said.
Chan said putting his name on the ballot was a tough decision to make. Chan announced on January 31 that that he has been appointed to three key committees: the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy, Joint Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure and the Joint Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change.
“Affordable energy distribution and generation are important to job creation and keeping the economy moving in a positive direction. These committees look at reducing our needs on foreign oil, exploring innovative ways to expand renewable energy generation and efforts to lower energy bills for residents and businesses in Massachusetts,” Chan said in a statement. Chan is the former Vice Chairman of the Commission.
Wong cracked a joke in his remark to illustrate the point of how far Asian Americans have come in political engagement.
“Asian Americans in politics have made a lot of in-roads. This reminds me when I was campaigning… I was knocking door to door. At one point, I knocked on a door and a child came to the door, and said, “Dad, the delivery guy is here!” We are not here for the Republican race, the Democratic race, we are here for the human race,” Wong said.