Congressman Ed Case of Hawaii
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Representative Ed Case of Hawaii is apologizing after he stirred controversy this week for saying he was "an Asian trapped in a white body"

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January 17, 2019 10:08 AM

Representative Ed Case of Hawaii is apologizing after he stirred controversy this week for saying in a speech that he was “an Asian trapped in a white body.”

Case, 66, made his remarks Tuesday at an event celebrating the Asian-American and Pacific Islander members of Congress.

In his apology, he said he had been referring to “what his Japanese-American wife sometimes says about him.”

His comment was shared by National Journal staffer Nicholas Wu, who posted it on Twitter.

Wu was present at the event in Washington, D.C.

“I couldn’t imagine saying something like this. Check your privilege Ed Case,” one Twitter user wrote in response. Another said: “I’m not even sure if it’s that big of a deal it’s just like a wild thing that like 6 months I’m going to be like ‘Hey remember when Ed Case said he was Asian on the inside.’ “

Case, a Democrat, represents the first district of Hawaii, the state with the largest percentage of Asian-Americans in the country, according to the Huffington Post.

He apologized in a statement on Wednesday, saying he was “fiercely proud” to represent the “multicultural” state of Hawaii — “with the highest percentage of many ethnic groups in our country including Asian and Pacific Islanders, a state where no ethnic group has been in the majority for generations.”

“Like so many others from Hawaii who treasure our multicultural heritage, I have absorbed and live the values of our many cultures,” he continued.

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He said: “They and not my specific ethnicity are who I am, and I believe that this makes me an effective advocate on national issues affecting our API community. I regret if my specific remarks to the national API community on my full absorption of their concerns caused any offense.”

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