Russell Chun and Khin Mai Aung


Russell Chun is an Assistant Professor of Journalism at the Hofstra University School of Communication.

Khin Mai Aung has written about Asian American issues in publications such as the New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and Salon, and was formerly Director of the Educational Equity Program at the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund.

Jeff Sessions’ Confirmation Hearings: The Granddaughter Defense

Family and friends are no substitute for words, deeds, and policy
Jeff Sessions with granddaughter, CSPAN screencap

Senator Jeff Sessions ended his confirmation hearings for Attorney General before the Senate Judiciary Committee and goes up for a vote next week. While the mainstream media focused on the partisan fight over Sessions’ abysmal record on civil rights, social media lit up with outrage over one reporter’s impression of mundane interactions that prefaced the hearings. Jeff Sessions brought his family to his testimony including his daughter, Ruth, and her Asian American husband, John Walk, and their children.