社評 0814 我們是關鍵的少數
上週五在支持德州參議員惠特邁競選休斯敦市市長之助選大會上， 首次集聚了數百位各種族色膚之市民， 大家共同表達對市長之期許。
我非常榮幸能代表亞裔社區在會上發言， 並且表達華亞裔長期來對這塊土地之貢獻和企盼 此次市長大選我們對未來之市長有四項共同之期待：
根據最新之統計數字， 大休斯敦地區之華亞裔及太平洋島嶼市民已經超過百分之十， 尤其是最近幾年來， 德州政府之經濟成就名排前茅， 各行各業不斷遷入 ，其中包括大批華亞裔從加州搬到休斯敦。
市長參選人惠特邁在會上表達他對整頓日愈敗坏之治安有絕對信心 ，並且建議整合大休斯敦地區之幾十個治安機構， 應該相互支援打擊犯罪， 他並且保証將任用更多之華亞裔出任市政府公職。
今天我們要非常明確而自信的告訴市長及議員們 ，今天的亞裔已經是關鍵之少數， 我們應該爭取應有之政治地位，保障我們之公民權利。
We Are The Key Minority
Last Friday at the community meeting to support Senator Whitmire's run to be Houston’s next mayor, hundreds of citizens of all ethnicities gathered to express their hopes for the candidate.
I was very proud to speak on behalf of the Asian American group and told the audience how much we all have all contributed to this great land. I said in the meeting that we have four points of expectation for the future mayor. First of all, immediately rectify the public safety issue, create an economic and trade zone, hire more Asians in the city government and improve the quality of education.
According to the latest statistics for the greater Houston area, people with Asian heritage backgrounds represent over 10% of the city's population. Now we are becoming the key minority for electing candidates to many political positions.
In the rally, Senator Whitmire expressed his absolute confidence in rectifying the safety problem around the city. He suggested that the area's law enforcement agencies should all work together and improve the cooperation with each other.
I am very glad that we as Asians are speaking out loudly to express that our rights should be met.