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After generations of benefiting from a conservative trope that painted Asian Americans as shining examples of how to assimilate and overcome racism, Tammy Kim said a wave of discrimination tied to the coronavirus pandemic has reshaped reality for many Asian Americans in Orange County.

The new wave of activism, they say, could break a stronghold that the GOP has long held over Asian American voters and candidates in Orange County.

And the GOP has clearly done a better job for many years at recruiting and supporting Asian American candidates — particularly female candidates — in Orange County.

There are no Asian Americans in the county’s current House delegation of Democrats running for reelection this November.

“One of the challenges for Asian Americans is just not being talked about enough, period,” Lew said.

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