Over 15 million Asian Americans live in the US, and almost two-thirds of them voted for Obama. Yet only one Asian American leader is being seriously considered for his entire cabinet: Illinois Veteran Affairs Director Tammy Duckworth.
There are more than a few Asian Americans, including Duckworth and DNC Vice Chair (and Congressmember) Mike Honda, who deserve to be seriously considered for the Presidential cabinet.
After all, even George W. Bush appointed a record two Asian Americans to his cabinet. And in 2012, an Asian American named Bobby Jindal may well emerge as Obama's GOP opponent. What's more, many Asian Americans live in the battleground states of Virginia, Nevada, and Pennsylvania. If it wants to maintain control of the White House and Congress, the Democratic Party simply cannot afford to take any community for granted, whether Asian American, Latino, or African American.
President-Elect Obama -- whose own sister and brother-in-law are Asian American -- has repeatedly pledged to appoint a "diverse" cabinet.
Let's help him keep his promise.