Journal : Global Times (Chinese) Date : Author : ZHANG Wang Page No. : 4
In the eyes of most people, Harris, a California senator, is an outstanding black politician, but in fact, she is also proud of her Indian origin. “The pronunciation of my name is’Kama-la’, like an accent mark,” Kamala Harris wrote in the autobiography “The Truth We Stand By” published in 2018. She explained her Indian name in the book, “It means’lotus’, which has a very important meaning in Indian culture. The lotus grows underwater, the flowers float on the water, and the roots are firmly anchored. Underwater.”Harris was born on October 20, 1964 in Oakland, California. Her father Donald Harris is a Jamaican American, and her mother Shia Mara is a Tamil immigrant from India. Sia Mara went to the United States from India alone in 1958 to study for a PhD in nutrition and endocrinology. Later, she became a breast cancer specialist at the University of California, Berkeley, where she met Donald Harris. After the two married, they had two daughters, the eldest daughter Kamala Harris and the youngest daughter Maya.Soon after, Harris’ parents divorced, and she and her sister were brought up by their mother. Although their mother has taken them back to India to visit relatives many times, and they both have Indian descent, the mother still allows her daughter to actively integrate into the black culture. “My mother knows very well that she wants to raise two black daughters.” Harris wrote in her autobiography, “She knew that the United States would treat Maya and me as black girls, so she was determined to let us grow into confident and proud black women. “Harris believes that her mother is one of the people who have had the greatest impact on her life, and she inspired herself to devote herself to politics. CNN stated on the 12th that Shia Mara was willing to participate in the civil rights movement and her sense of civic responsibility was formed in India. Harris’ grandmother Rajem is a frank community organizer, and grandfather Pufu is an excellent Indian diplomat. Harris wrote in his autobiography: “My mother grew up in a family where political activism and civic leadership naturally arise. From my grandparents, my mother developed a keen political consciousness. Her consciousness In history, she was aware of struggle and inequality. She was born with a sense of justice deeply imprinted in her soul.”When Harris was a child, he went to Canada with his mother and went to school in Montreal for 5 years. However, she studied in the United States. She graduated from Howard University, where she obtained a double degree in political science and economics, and later entered the University of California, Hastings School of Law to study law. After graduating, Harris began her career in the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office in California. In 2003, she defeated the then prosecutor Terence Haringan and was elected as the San Francisco District Attorney. She was re-elected in 2007 until 2011. Elected to the California Attorney General in 2010, he is the first female, African, Indian and Asian American attorney general. During her tenure, she vigorously promoted judicial reform and claimed to be a “progressive prosecutor.” On November 8, 2016, she defeated fellow candidate Loretta Sanchez in the 2016 U.S. Senate election and inherited the seat of Senator Barbara Bexer who decided to retire, making her the number one in the U.S. Senate. South Asian and second African-American female senator.

Interestingly, Harris also has a Chinese name “He Jinli”. According to Taiwan’s “Lianhe News Network” on the 12th, this was when she was campaigning for the district attorney general to win the votes of ethnic Chinese. It was initiated by the late local overseas Chinese leader Su Xifen and the San Francisco Women’s Committee Su Rongli. She is also the first non-Chinese public office candidate with a Chinese name in San Francisco. In order to make it easier for Chinese voters to deepen the impression, she deliberately chose a congratulatory surname. The American Chinese-language media “World Journal” stated that as long as He Jinli goes to the Chinese community to campaign for votes, he must introduce herself as “He Jinli”. But after 15 years of being elected to public office, some people say that He Jinli has not much interaction with the Chinese community. In this regard, Su Rongli said that she hopes He Jinli can hire more Chinese to join her presidential campaign and strengthen interaction with the Chinese community, which is beneficial to both the Chinese community and He Jinli.

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