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Three Taiwanese-Americans win races in New York

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Taiwan-born former New York City comptroller John Liu, accompanied by his wife Jenny, left, talks to reporters on Tuesday after winning a seat in the New York State Senate for the Democratic Party.
Photo: CNA

Three US Democratic Party candidates of Taiwanese descent in won their races in New York state, including former New York City comptroller John Liu (劉醇逸), who will become the first Taiwan-born New York state senator.

Liu ran in one of the most tense races in the state, a four-way competition that included New York state Senator Tony Avella, whom he defeated in the party primary in September, Republican Party challenger Vickie Paladino and Conservative Party nominee Simon Minching.

Liu won 54 percent of the vote, while Paladino won 30 percent, Avella’s 20 percent and Mincheng’s 1.4 percent, unofficial results show.

Liu , whose family moved to the US when he was five, said that he was proud to be a Taiwanese-American and was proud to be voted into office.

US Representative Grace Meng (孟昭文), who represents New York’s sixth congressional district, faced a challenge from Green Party candidate Tom Hillgardner, but secured a fourth consecutive term to the US House of Representatives with 91 percent of the votes.

New York State Assembly member Niou Yuh-line (牛毓琳), who was born in Taipei, represents the state’s 65th district, won re-election to her seat.

In November 2016, Niou became the first Asian-American to be voted to the State Assembly for the 65th district, which includes the heavily Democratic Lower Manhattan, Chinatown, the Financial District, Battery Park City and Lower East Side.

Source: Taipei Times - 2018/11/08

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National Tsing Hua University student Chen Wei-ting holds a placard calling for freedom of speech in front of the Ministry of Transportation and Communications in Taipei yesterday.
Photo: Chen Ping-hung, Taipei Times

Despite repeated threats that he would file a lawsuit against National Tsing Hua University student Chen Wei-ting (陳為廷) over an image posted on Facebook, China Times Weekly deputy editor-in-chief Lin Chao-hsin (林朝鑫) had yet to act on his threat yesterday, while Chen said he was ready to defend freedom of speech on the Internet.

“Instead of finding out the truth about the ‘walking fee incident,’ Want Want China Times Media Group chose to [threaten to] file a lawsuit against a college student for posting an image on Facebook,” Chen told a news conference in Taipei yesterday morning. “The lawsuit is not only against me, it’s against all netizens, and Taiwanese civil society.”