I can’t say that I’ve followed much of (former) Senator Wu’s journey, although it has been quite a long one. I don’t know of many political actions that he had implemented or taken charge on during his time as senator, but being the first Chinese American congressman (and in Oregon!) still gets him pretty big props from me. If anyone is savvy to the accomplishments of David Wu throughout his career, please share!
One thing that is concerning in the news revolving around Wu is the media framing of the entire situation. Now that he has resigned it’s okay for people to write about how unprofessional, unproductive, and crazy he has acted?!? The tone of most of the articles I’ve read regarding Wu’s sexual encounter is condescending, and they tend to chronicle the “rise and fall” of his career, making it seem as if Wu has always been crazy/antisocial/harsh, etc. In an article I read that showcased basically all of his faults throughout the last decade or so, Wu’s situation was framed as a problem for politics, for Oregon not as the individual condition of one man. He may be mentally ill, but that isn’t reason to frame him as being lecherous or crazy by nature.
Certainly, this doesn’t help the image of the crazy Asian / Asian American circulating in the media. Another article that I read discussed the inefficiency of Wu’s political career due to the limited resources of his financial support, mainly, Asian Americans within the community. There were several comments to this article (I know, I know; I shouldn’t read the comments because they’ll only make me angry…but I couldn’t help it) wondering how Wu even got elected to office, why Oregon would keep him elected, etc. This seems kind of like a disguised reflection of majority-minority and/or white-APA relational issues.
But, as one chapter ends, another begins. Perhaps some new, political-savvy APA Oregonian will rise to the challenge in the coming years.