The race reflects not only the political stature the Vietnamese American community has built over the past 30 years, but also the shifts within it.
As with other Asian American subgroups, Vietnamese American youths have mobilized around social justice issues, La said.
The controversy aggravated an already tense relationship between Little Saigon and the state’s Democratic leadership.
Assembly member Young Kim, another Korean American Republican, is also on track to win a congressional seat in a district previously held by a Democrat.
In two other county and city races, Republican Asian American candidates are also nearing victory.