What began as an evening honoring Rep. Mike Honda’s 10 years in Congress turned into a roast of the California Democrat by other Members.
In fact, fellow home-state Rep. Judy Chu even ventured into a few Asian stereotypes.
“People think Asians are quiet, reserved and good at math. ... Does it seem like Mike Honda fits any of these stereotypes?” the Democratic lawmaker joked. Honda has a larger-than-life personality, she said, and talked about his well-known love of karaoke.
Chu wasn’t the only one to tease Honda at the Wednesday night event, hosted by the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies and the Center for Asian American Media.
Rep. Al Green (D-Texas) told the crowd at the U.S. Navy Memorial theater about the time when Honda talked him into joining the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus. Apparently, he asked Green to meet with Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) before joining.
“I knew then that if Honda can pass her as Asian, then I certainly” could pass too, Green remembered.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.