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US elections 2020

Asia watches as Bangkok-born Tammy Duckworth rises in US politics

War-hero senator seen as candidate for vice president or defense secretary

BANGKOK/NEW YORK -- Ladda "Tammy" Duckworth, the junior Democratic senator for Illinois, has emerged as one of the most prominent Asian-American politicians, from being on the short list for Joe Biden's running mate in November's presidential election to floated as a potential U.S. secretary of defense.

She is a unique proposition. Born in Bangkok in 1968, Duckworth and her life story -- tragic at times -- have inspired many. From humble beginnings, it includes a succession of shattered glass ceilings and remarkable triumphs over adversity.

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