The Asian-American Vote and How to Win It

Thursday, May 03, 2012

During the past several elections, we’ve heard a lot about Latino voters and how candidates are trying to win their support. But why is it that we hear so little about Asian-American voters? According to the Census, both groups grew by 43 percent between 2000 and 2010. And Asian and Pacific Islanders vote at roughly the same rate as Latinos. Of those registered to vote, 86 percent cast ballots in the last presidential election compared to 84 percent of Latinos.

And yet, according to a recent survey, only 23 percent of Asian Americans polled said they'd been contacted by the Democratic Party in the past two years and only 17 percent said they’d been contacted by the GOP. In the overall population, that number is generally between 30 percent and 40 percent.

Christine Chen is here to talk about these statistics, and what might change them. Chen is the Acting Executive Director for Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote. Tony Nam is an Asian American in Queens, New York who has never voted in a national election. 

 

Guests:

Christine Chen and Tony Nam

Produced by:

Kristen Meinzer

Comments [3]

anna from new york

"There is a lot more to life than politics/voting-Agreed."
Wrong, Jill, wrong. I didn't say that. I said that there is more to political life than voting. You don't know this and judging by your style (slogans, cliches and more slogans and cliches)... anything else.

May. 03 2012 12:31 PM
Jill Rodriguez from Denver, CO

When I heard Tony this morning the only thing that came to my mind is why all the various races (Latinos, Asians, etc) believe they should be being treated differently than any other American. They have some sense of entitlement that our government should be singling them out and doing things just for them and their race. You're in America now and just like all of us, our ancestors imigrated from other countries. As an American we should all expect our government to address all of America the same, regardless of your race. No discrimination and no reverse discrimination. I'm getting a bit tired of it.

Anna from NY (I am an ex LI'der)- There is a lot more to life than politics/voting-Agreed. God will take care of all this nonsense one day, so we shouldn't worry. I know I don't. I think plenty of "Americans" do know this. We should try to remember not to stereotype.

May. 03 2012 12:23 PM
anna from new york

Tony, don't vote - come to my decadent dinner which I am planning instead of .... voting. No, I am not Asian American and did vote in the past, more often than not reluctantly, and more often than not in protest. This year, I decided to stop this nonsense. I don't care whether a candidate of Soros, Dimon and Buffett or a candidate of Welsh (Jack) and the like (somehow more Democrats come to mind) wins.
I already see the reaction: you got to educate yourself and learn that voting is so important (I am a naturalized citizen) .... etc. Well, since I have a doctorate and some 3 and half masters (in the humanities and social sciences) maybe I have enough of education to make a sensible judgement.
Actually, I can teach anyone who is willing to listen that there is more to life (political) than voting or not voting. Americans just don't know that.

May. 03 2012 08:55 AM

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