A screenshot from Jay Chen for Congress Campaign shows an ad being run by his rival, Representative Michele Steel, to suggest that Chen is soft on China. YouTube account/ Photo: YouTube via LAist
A screenshot from Jay Chen for Congress Campaign shows an ad being run by his rival, Representative Michele Steel, to suggest that Chen is soft on China. YouTube account/ Photo: YouTube via LAist

California congressional race pits Asian vs Asian, with a strong anti-China bias

  • Republican Michelle Steel, a Korean-American, is running against Democrat Jay Chen, a Taiwanese-American, in a heavily Vietnamese district in Orange County
  • Steel’s attempts to characterise Chen as soft on China and a Communist Party sympathiser has elevated concern that it will worsen anti-Asian violence

A screenshot from Jay Chen for Congress Campaign shows an ad being run by his rival, Representative Michele Steel, to suggest that Chen is soft on China. YouTube account/ Photo: YouTube via LAist
A screenshot from Jay Chen for Congress Campaign shows an ad being run by his rival, Representative Michele Steel, to suggest that Chen is soft on China. YouTube account/ Photo: YouTube via LAist
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