February 27, 2007
"She kept saying this is only open for local media, not foreign press. I told her, I'm not foreign press. I'm local media. I was really angry. It's not about myself. It's about how the mainstream looks at Chinese as a whole. Why do they call us foreigners, even when we have a local address on our business card?"
Portia Li, reporter for the San Francisco based Chinese-language daily World Journal, after the Clinton campaign barred her from a fundraising event in the Bay Area. A month later, Clinton apologized for the highly publicized gaffe and held a special media event for the Asian American papers in San Francisco. Clinton also hired Jin Chon as press secretary for specialty media. "We're not taking any vote for granted, and I want the AAPI community to know that I hope to earn their vote," Clinton said.