As an Asian American from the Midwest, I have noticed a clear escalation of anti-Asian violence across the country in recent months. It can be concluded that this is due, at least in some part, to a xenophobic response to COVID-19. (Remember “kung flu” and “China virus”?)

Some of these twisted perpetrators have chosen to target Asian Americans with stunning crimes, as a misdirected form of retribution for the pandemic. It’s easy to sweep aside these stories of violence from one’s memory if they aren’t “mainstream” enough to fit the public’s narrative; don’t let that happen.

It will not be…


January 27, 2021

The contents of this memo are the culmination of several meetings with, many conversations between, and a poll of stakeholders within the Indiana Democratic Party. I have also added my own recommendations when relevant.

Indiana Democrats have not won a statewide election since 2012, and 2020 was a brutal shellacking. The Democratic gubernatorial nominee lost by 25 points, even with the Libertarian siphoning off over 11%, by capitalizing on anti-maskers. …


Pete Buttigieg, his supporters, and his team are some of the most brilliant people I have ever met. It was striking to meet so many bright and talented young adults from every corner of our state after he announced his groundbreaking candidacy. I hope Indiana can continue to shake our national reputation as a cultural backwater and flyover wasteland through all of his and their work. His historic win in Iowa’s (hopefully last-ever) caucus will be one for the history books.

But after the results in South Carolina, it is clear that in order to keep Pete’s future as a…


While I appreciate the Times Editorial board’s opinions, they are woefully under-researched.

First, any legislator with half a brain and who represents a district with a Majestic Star competitor would obviously be a No vote on a bill that would give Gary the host of concessions and special treatment they received in HB 1015. I have the luxury of representing a district without a casino, so of course I was able to stay out of the fray. …


Of the 92 counties in Indiana, only one was targeted for precinct consolidation — Lake County — sparing the over 1,000 small precincts in other counties that should be consolidated, if they are to follow the same criteria that we’re supposed to.

It doesn’t take a lifelong resident of the region to know that when it comes to state matters, Lake County is often treated as Indiana’s ugly stepchild.

This damaging law has the potential to close polling places, resulting in longer travel times and lines at the ballot box, not to mention the elimination of hundreds of volunteer, unpaid…


The many disturbing attacks on women by once-venerable figures in Hollywood, Washington and beyond underscore the need for a seismic shift in thinking.

While the #MeToo movement has brought to light the sexual predators who abuse their power to silence, intimidate and disrespect women, we would be remiss if we did not hold domestic violence cases to the same standard, especially when they originate in our own backyard.

Regardless of political party, we must all denounce not only violence itself, but also the all-too frequent victim-shaming that accompanies it. The second arrest of one of our county councilmen for domestic violence casts a shadow over Lake County.

A person convicted for battery and facing five felony charges has absolutely no place in government. Shame on Lake County. We deserve better!

From the NWI Times (December 9, 2017)


In a bombshell report released in early August, the Indy Star found that some of our state politicians have been systematically putting up barriers to voting, with chilling results.

After the 2008 Election, in which we elected our first black President and marked the first election in over 40 years that a Democrat won the state of Indiana, members of the GOP shut down two early voting sites in Marion County and moved them to Hamilton County.

Marion County, which includes Indianapolis, is a Democratic stronghold, while Hamilton, which has the state’s highest median income, is a GOP stronghold. …


As a recent college graduate, I am uniquely aware of the struggles of the modern university student. After the battery of standardized tests, the marathon essay-writing sessions and a sleepless decision day, high school seniors who have barely crossed into adulthood are expected to make one of the biggest financial commitments of their lives.

First come the questions: Should I take the more affordable route and enroll at a state school, or should I learn in a more tailored environment at a liberal arts college?

Should I choose a STEM (science, technology, engineering or math) major to strengthen my job…

Chris Chyung

Former Indiana House of Representatives; Board of Directors of Habitat for Humanity of NWI; Columbia BSIE 2016

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