RELEASE: UCI Law Professor and Candidate for State Senate District 37 Dave Min Condemns Racist Incident at Newport Beach Restaurant 

Release: September 14, 2020
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UCI Law Professor and Candidate for State Senate District 37 Dave Min Condemns Racist Incident at Newport Beach Restaurant 

NEWPORT BEACH – Two Asian American women dining outdoors at the Blue Water Grill in Newport Beach were allegedly accosted over the weekend by a man who approached their table and told them to “go back to Wuhan.” The restaurant confirmed on social media that they closed the man’s check and asked him to leave following the incident.

UCI Law Professor Dave Min, who is running to represent Newport Beach and its surrounding cities in State Senate District 37, made the following statement after reading about the women’s racist experience:

“It angers me to see this happen here in my community and in the district I am hoping to represent. I have dined at this particular restaurant before, so this incident feels personal for me,” Min said. “My wife and I chose to raise our children in this community because we know our neighbors are better than this type of ignorant behavior. Orange County is home to a rich diversity of cultures and people, including a thriving AAPI community that makes our neighborhoods the successful, welcoming, and enjoyable places that they are. Such racist comments and behavior have no place in Orange County.”

Dave Min is running for State Senate because Orange County needs leaders who will unite us, who will never look away when racism or bigotry of any kind takes place in our community, and who will always stand up against discrimination of any sort.


David Min is a University of California Irvine Law Professor, father of three, and a former economic policy staffer in the United States Senate and for the Center for American Progress. Min began his legal career at the Securities and Exchange Commission to protect the retirement security of seniors, turning down high paying jobs to serve the public interest. He is a leading economic expert  whose research focuses on banking and housing policy.

California State Senate District 37 is located in Orange County and includes the communities of Anaheim, Costa Mesa, Foothill Ranch, Huntington Beach, Irvine, Laguna Beach, Laguna Woods, Lake Forest, Newport Beach, Orange, Tustin, and Villa Park and is ranked by political handicappers as “Leans Democratic.” The incumbent career politician John Moorlach, an unwavering Trump supporter and anti-vaccination proponent, was soundly rejected by a majority of voters in the March 3, 2020 primary election.

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