Crouching Voter, Hidden Direction August 8, 2008Posted by koreanpower999 in 2008 Elections, 80-20, Asian American, Asian American vote, Asian Americans, Asian Americans for Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Democratic Party, Hillary Clinton, John McCain.
Newsweek; by Megan Shank; August 7, 2008
Youth Action Team volunteer John Yoon
On a clear-skied Sunday in New York City’s Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, a dozen Asian American teenagers scarf down hot dogs, fly kites and do their bit for the U.S. presidential race. Over the din of a crowd cheering rowers at the annual Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival, the students, part of city council member John Liu’s Youth Action Team, call out to passersby in Mandarin, Cantonese and English, “Have you registered to vote?”
For Asian Americans across the nation, it’s an important question. Their numbers might be small compared to other ethnic groups—only 5 percent of the total population—but they’ve been growing nine to 10 times faster than the general population, according to the U.S. Bureau of the Census. That could swing the ballot in key states, according to “Awakening the Sleeping Giants?,” a recent report by researchers at UCLA.
The broader significance of Asian American voters was evident in 2006, when U.S. Senate candidate Jim Webb garnered 76 percent of Virginia’s Asian American and Pacific Islander votes, a factor in helping him to secure a narrow victory (less than 0.5 percent) over Republican incumbent George Allen and tipping control of the Senate to Democrats.
Asian Americans also played a significant role in helping Hillary Clinton win the California Democratic primary earlier this year. Comprising an estimated 12 percent of the state’s electorate, an overwhelming majority of Asian Americans—some 71 percent, according to a CNN exit poll—voted for Clinton. Other politically powerful states with large Asian American populations include New York and Texas, and, in a tight race, Asian American voters could swing Florida, says the UCLA report.
Although both Webb and Clinton are Democrats, Asian Americans don’t possess deep party loyalties, because as immigrants they don’t inherit familial ties to one political persuasion, says Paul Ong, a co-author of the UCLA report and a professor at the university. Beyond being “Asian,” voting preferences also depend upon a citizen’s age and country of origin. Vietnamese Americans who escaped from the Communists, for example, have served as a reliable Republican bloc, but their children tend to vote along more fluid lines.
Nationwide, aside from Obama’s childhood turf of Hawaii, Asian Americans nearly unequivocally supported Clinton’s bid; her loss of the nomination left Asian American voters divided over which candidate to support in November.
Clinton likely resonated with Asian American voters in part because she worked within cultural norms, giving “face,” or respect, to their communities and working through what Chinese refer to as “guanxi,” or connections. “We felt loyal to Hillary and guilty when she lost,” says John Liu, New York’s first Asian American city councilman.
Chris Wang, director of the Queens Nan-shan Senior Center, which operates under the auspices of the Chinese-American Planning Council, says the center’s 4,000 naturalized citizen members don’t vote based on a candidate’s platform as much as on whether “that candidate has spoken directly to them and recognized their validity as citizens.”
And as with many Americans, citizenship does not automatically ensure active political engagement. Both naturalized and U.S.-born Asian Americans have lower rates of voter registration than do non-Asians. Language barriers and a lack of understanding about the parties prevent competent participation. “’Democrat’ sounds like ‘democracy,’ which is great—it’s what people signed up for when they came here—but the word for ‘Republican’ in Chinese sounds a little too close to the word for ‘Communist party,’” says Peter Koo, a naturalized American citizen running as a Republican candidate for New York State Senate in 2009.
There are efforts to eliminate these problems: Under the Voting Rights Act, non-English ballots may be provided to voters. In addition, Asian-language media have given extensive political coverage and Asian immigrant support centers throughout the country offer classes on voter registration. But there are more insidious psychological obstacles. Coming from nations where democratic engagement has been actively discouraged or eliminated, where politics has wrecked fortunes and ruined families, many Asian American voters remain reluctant to get involved.
Zhou Ling, a naturalized American citizen from Taiwan who wears an Obama pin with the Chinese characters for “hope,” says Asian American citizens must abandon fear and cultivate courage and civic duty. For her, both were inspired by the Obama campaign, for which she now volunteers. The challenge in rallying Asian Americans for Obama has been that, among certain voter blocs, “there’s uneasiness in the image of a black president, particularly among naturalized citizens who have grown up in monocultures,” says Zhou.
The Obama campaign clearly recognizes the need to reach out to the Asian American community. Last month, California Rep. Mike Honda addressed an Obama fundraiser sponsored by a coalition of Asian American political groups. Obama’s part Indonesian half-sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng, has also contributed as a spokeswoman. Their efforts may bear fruit. According to “New Voters, Old Fears,” by News 21, a journalism initiative of the Carnegie and Knight Foundations, Asian Americans increasingly lean toward Democratic candidates.
McCain, for his part, has long courted Vietnamese Americans, despite once using a racial slur to describe his Northern Vietnamese captors. During the 2000 run for president, he promised Asian American journalists that if he won, he would name an Asian American to his cabinet. Van Thai Tran, Republican member of the California State Assembly and the first American of Vietnamese descent to serve there, has endorsed him; on a more personal note, McCain has an adopted daughter from Bangladesh. McCain’s Web site, however, lists no Asian American coalition.
Ong, the UCLA researcher, says another report due out in October will show that “young Asian Americans have become dramatically more involved in the 2008 presidential campaign. Obama can take a lot of credit for that.” But even the candidate who has made change a central part of his campaign cannot uproot long-standing social values, such as deference to elders and respect for experience. One example: Wen (he declined to provide his first name), an “80-something-year-old” naturalized citizen and resident of New York says he will vote for McCain. “I like a tough guy who can get the job done,” says Wen in Mandarin. As a veteran who fought in the Korean War with Chinese troops in 1952, Wen relates to McCain’s political experience in Vietnam and says, “America has scarier enemies now.”
Perhaps so, but from the looks of the group gathered in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, America also has a muscular new political vigor.
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Does Obama Have an Asian Problem? February 21, 2008Posted by koreanpower999 in 2008 Elections, 80-20, Asian American, Asian Americans for Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Democratic Party, Hillary Clinton, race, racism.
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Time Magazine – Lisa Takeuchi Cullen – February 19, 2008
As Hawaii’s primary takes place on Tuesday, Barack Obama ought to be sitting back with an umbrella cocktail. After all, it’s the state where he spent many of his childhood years. He graduated from the prestigious Punahou School in Honolulu, and his half-sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng, still lives and works there. Along with his wife and daughters, the Illinois Senator returns occasionally for family reunions.
But while there’s a good chance much of Hawaii’s nearly 60% Asian-American population will be squarely behind Obama, the same can’t be said for Asian-Americans in the rest of the country. So far this campaign, that is the one ethnic group that has voted most consistently — and overwhelmingly — for his rival, Hillary Clinton, generating a debate that has raised a very sensitive, ugly question: could some Asian-Americans not be voting for Obama simply because he’s black?
In California, where Asian-Americans make up 8% of the electorate, a CNN exit poll found they voted three to one in her favor. In New York, the Asian American Legal Defense Fund’s exit poll concluded that 87% of Asian-American Democrats backed their state’s Senator. In New Jersey, it was 73%. From no other group did Clinton command that kind of loyalty; she won 69% of Latino voters in California, for example, compared to 75% of Asians. Publications including some local editions of ethnic newspapers like Sing Tao have endorsed her, as have prominent politicians including former Gov. Gary Locke of Washington and Sen. Daniel Inouye of Hawaii.
And while Asian Americans, accounting for just 5% of the population, may not have the numbers to sway the nomination one way or another, their overwhelming support of Clinton has led to a serious debate about what might lie behind it. Experts have speculated about a variety of possible reasons having little to do with race: Like other new immigrants, Asian Americans are more conservative in their choices for leaders, and therefore likely to go with the known entity — which in this race, thanks to her husband and her time in the White House, is Clinton. Many Asians are business owners who prospered under Bill Clinton. Just 34% of Asian Americans between the ages of 18 and 25 vote, according to a slick commercial by MTV’s Choose of Lose Campaign, which may eat into Obama’s poll numbers. Perhaps most significantly, the Clinton campaign had long ago locked up support from local politicians, who hold unusual sway over their ethnic communities.
But the touchy question about race is the one getting the most attention. When CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 ran a piece by Gary Tuchman earlier this month implying that racism may play a role in Asians’ voting choice, the outcry was instantaneous. The 80-20 Initiative, a political action committee seeking to solidify 80% of Asians in one voting bloc and backing Clinton, organized a petition demanding that CNN run a corrected segment. Asian bloggers, who skew disproportionately toward Obama, shot off paeans of support disputing CNN’s theory. They pointed to prominent Asian-Americans like Norm Mineta — the former Commerce Secretary under Bill Clinton and Transportation Secretary for George W. Bush — who have recently pledged allegiance to the Obama camp.
Still, the fracas has stirred some quiet debate in the community. “Maybe it’s just my cynicism speaking, but you look at those numbers and on some level there has to be some element of race,” says Oliver Wang, a sociology professor at California State University at Long Beach. While not discounting the myriad cultural reasons that could explain the support for Clinton, “on a gut level my reaction is that at least some Asian Americans are uncomfortable voting for a black candidate.”
Wang, 35, who grew up in the U.S., voted for Obama in the California primary. He is a child of Taiwanese immigrants, and believes that foreign-born Asian voters in this election may be leading the Hillary Clinton support. In his view, those voters tend to hold more conservative views; Obama’s mantra of change and bold rhetoric could remind some of the unstable governments they fled; and they may cling to warm perceptions of Bill Clinton shared in their home countries.
But Wang also suspects that race lurks among the possible reasons behind Asian immigrants’ reticence to back Obama. “The images of African Americans that get exported to other cultures is not often positive,” says Wang, who teaches about pop culture and race. “It’s not unusual to find new immigrants who have never had a meaningful, personal encounter with an African American. So there’s a very uninformed bias,” says Wang.
“Obama is a different kind of African American,” he adds. “His background doesn’t date back to slavery; he’s half-black, half-white; he grew up in Indonesia and Hawaii. In other words, he’s not Al Sharpton. But those nuances get lost when someone comes from a foreign country. To them, it doesn’t translate.”
Some observers think that Obama simply hasn’t made enough of an effort until recently to go after the Asian-American vote. For instance, some Asians were sensitive to being left out of Obama’s rousing stump speeches on racial unity — speeches that mentioned only black and white, according to Don Nakanishi, director of the Asian American Studies Center at the University of California Los Angeles. But following his clean sweep of the Potomac primaries on February 12, Obama pointedly thanked a rainbow of ethnic groups, including Asian Americans. “He can turn it around,” says Nakanishi. “He has a story to tell, one that we would get.”
The tide may already be turning. Since Mineta’s surprising endorsement in February, the former cabinet member has joined the campaign as a surrogate to encourage the support of Asian-Americans. Soetoro-Ng, Obama’s sister, has campaigned actively in Hawaii, conducting interviews and appearing at phone banks and picnics; she is often joined by her husband, Konrad Ng, who is of Chinese descent. The campaign is also running ads on Japanese-language TV networks in Hawaii. Five members of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus support Obama. Asianweek endorsed Obama on its cover. “Asian-American voters are no different,” says Tommy Vietor, spokesman for the Obama campaign. “Once they get to know him and know his ideas, we have their support.”
Alan Shum, 24, an analyst for an investment fund in New York City, cast his vote for Obama. But he also thinks his elders might have a problem doing the same. “Voting for a black candidate is just not something that would jump out at them,” he says. “Chinese people are really racist at times.” He points to the colloquial Chinese for “white” and “black,” which append both words with “devil.” “The vernacular tells you a little about something,” he says. “Chinese people can be very, very insular as a culture — very superior. We look down upon any race that isn’t Chinese.”
But assuming that’s true, then what makes Asian Americans more comfortable with a white candidate than a black one? Clinton might have been slurred last June by the Obama campaign as the “Senator from Punjab” for what it said were her pro-outsourcing stands (the Obama camp later apologized). But Asian she’s not. And her campaign has made its own stumbles, as happened a year ago when a campaign staffer told a local reporter from a San Francisco-based Chinese-language daily newspaper that an event wasn’t open to “foreign press.” (Clinton apparently learned from that mistake, holding a special media event for the Asian-American papers in San Francisco and hiring an Asian-American man, Jin Chon, as a press secretary for specialty media.)
What’s more, there’s the gender factor. Many Asian cultures are patriarchal, and Clinton is the only female candidate in the field. But despite their cultures, many immigrants from those countries may in fact be more familiar than Americans with a female leader: Indira Gandhi in India, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in the Philippines, Benazir Bhutto in Pakistan. And many of those leaders, like Clinton, were married to or descended from former leaders.
For Lien Murakami, a systems programmer in Oakland, Calif., however, her choice came down to something far more specific: Clinton’s proposals on aid for Iraqi refugees. A Vietnamese refugee herself, Murakami, 30, looked closely at the two candidates’ stands on that topic among others and found Clinton’s uniformly more detailed and realistic.
The racism charge, she says, is offensive to voters like her and her Japanese-American husband, who conducted extensive research before casting their votes. “It’s generalizing to say that if you support Hillary, you’re not thinking about the candidates but going with what your community leader is telling you — and that you’re racist to boot,” she says.
All this leaves his state very much in the air, says Ira Rohter, a political scientist at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Race will most certainly play a role, he says — but perhaps not in the way mainlanders might think. For one thing, since Asians are a majority there, voters tend not to think of themselves as one minority voting bloc struggling to make an impact, but rather as sub-groups of specific ethnicities. For another, Obama, being of mixed race, is a familiar entity: two-thirds of babies born in Hawaii are so-called hapas, says Rohter.
“Of course,” says Rohter, “he’s half black, which is different.” Blacks make up a barely visible minority in Hawaii. But historically, many have been members of the military, which retains a presence there — and there is a long history of a “certain tension” between servicemembers and native Hawaiians, who once saw them as an occupational force.
Nevertheless, Don Nakanishi of UCLA expects Obama to “do well” in Hawaii. There are signs the voting bloc long ruled by the Democratic machine there is breaking up, as young and independent voters register for its closed caucuses in unprecedented droves. Nationwide, as Obama’s campaign catches a glimpse of the finish line, it will likely pour more effort into winning over previously written-off groups like Asians. They’ve already won over Nakanishi — he voted for Obama earlier this month.
Asians emerge as swing voters in White House race February 20, 2008Posted by koreanpower999 in 2008 Elections, Asian American, Asian Americans for Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, John McCain.
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WASHINGTON (AFP) – Asians have become a critical swing voter bloc in the US presidential election race, with rival parties courting them ahead of another intensecontest.
“If this is a close election, then the ways in which the Asian-American vote swings could have a very decisive impact,” said Don Nakanishi, director of the Asian-American studies center at the.
The top five states where Asian-Americans reside are, , and , and all, with the exception of Hawaii, are “very, very significant” in the presidential elections because of the high number of electoral votes each carries, Nakanishi said.
Despite their significance, the voting power of Asian-Americans has been much less scrutinized than that of African-Americans and Hispanics, the country’s other leading minority groups, said The Hill, a newspaper that covers Congress.
Studies have shown that Asians tend to vote mostly for the Democratic party, in which Senatorsand are in a neck-and-neck battle to be party flagbearer for the presidential race.
A rapidly growing group, there are now 14 million Asian-Americans in the United States, making up five percent of the total population. Their number is expected to nearly triple in 2050 to 41 million, government figures show.
Some seven million Asian-Americans are eligible to vote, and close to 3.5 million have registered to vote in the presidential election.
The power of the Asian-American vote is overlooked, said Democratic lawmaker, chairman of the Congressional .
“It is time that due attention is paid to this rapidly growing and politically relevant community,” he said.
Honda led several lawmakers in lobbying for more US media coverage of the Asia-Pacific vote in the elections, saying they were “deeply concerned” about what they saw as lack of press coverage.
This, they pointed out, “unfairly suppresses a growing and significant political constituency.”
In the California Democratic nomination battle earlier this month, about 75 percent of Asian voters cast their ballots for Clinton compared to 23 percent for Obama, according to reports.
That’s almost as high as the percentage of the black vote of 78 percent that went for Obama.
But in the run-up to the fight, Obama had narrowed Clinton’s lead to such an extent that the Asian vote suddenly became pivotal, the reports said.
With the solid backing from Asians, Clinton carried 54 percent of the Democratic electorate in California, leading Obama by 14 percent in the state and significantly increasing her electoral votes.
The Asian-American community is also poised to play significant roles in contests in, , Ohio, Texas, Pennsylvania, and .
As the race intensifies, campaigners for Clinton and Obama as well as those for the presumptive Republican presidential candidateare casting their eyes on Asian-American voters.
McCain is quite popular among Asian-Americans attracted by his immigration reforms and bipartisanship.
Clinton has strong ties with Indian-Americans, cultivated way back when herwas president. She had once joked at a fundraising event that she was “delighted to be the senator from .”
But she was attacked by the Obama campaign, which cited the Punjab joke and her ties to companies which have outsourced US jobs to.
Following criticism from some Indian-American lobby groups, the Obama campaign expressed regret and asserted that he was a “longtime friend” of the Indian-American community.
Obama’s ties to the Asian-American community are also deep.
He had once lived inand Hawaii and his half-sister is half Indonesian.
Asian American/Pacific Islanders for Hillary Clinton website February 19, 2008Posted by koreanpower999 in 2008 Elections, 80-20, Asian American, Asian Americans for Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Democratic Party, Hillary Clinton, Korean American.
Here’s an aweseome new grassroots website for Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders supporting Hillary Clinton for President. It’s a great site to connect with other Hillary Clinton supporters and get the word out about Hillary Clinton in the AAPI community. It’s time to have our voices heard! Thanks to Steve and Sophia for creating this website!
CNN’s new piece on the strong Asian American support for Hillary Clinton February 18, 2008Posted by koreanpower999 in 2008 Elections, Asian American, Asian Americans for Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Korean American, Super Tuesday.
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This is a CNN piece they ran recently about the Asian American vote and its strong support for Hillary Clinton. This is from the 80-20 website as the piece touts 80-20′s role in Hillary Clinton winning Asian American voters 3-1 in California on Super Tuesday. In this video, they skip the beginning where they interview Korean Americans in New Jersey and why they support Hillary Clinton. It also skips the part where it shows that Hillary Clinton’s Asian American support goes beyond California including the east coast states of New York and New Jersey. So I don’t know why they skipped that part. But I guess 80-20 wants to emphasize their role in delivering the Asian American vote for Hillary Clinton in California since they specifically endorsed her in that state.
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Here is the video of the CNN piece that 80-20 is protesting against. In this piece, they interview Asian Americans in Seattle before the Washington state caucus. The piece implies that Asian Americans are voting for Hillary Clinton because they are racist against Barack Obama and do not like change. The media needs to stop marginalizing the votes of Latinos and Asian Americans by implying that those groups are racist against Barack Obama. Latinos and Asian Americans like members of other racial groups vote based on substantial issues. Somehow the media is perplexed that most Latinos and Asian Americans haven’t jumped on the Obama bandwagon and can only rationalize it by saying that these groups are racist against Obama and are fearful of change. This is ridiculous. CNN has done many pieces and segments on the black-brown divide. Now they are trying to do the same with African Americans and Asian Americans. Could the reason that the majority of Latinos and Asian Americans vote for Hillary Clinton is that they like her and she has done some great outreach in those communities? Could it be that they are actually voting for Hillary Clinton and not against Barack Obama? But I guess that storyline is too boring and we need to fabricate division between racial groups to spice things up. It needs to stop. I have included the link to the 80-20 petition that you can sign telling CNN not to marginalize and stereotype Asian American voters. As a Korean American it brings back horrible memories of how the media fanned the flames of racial division by overblowing and manufacturing conflicts between African Americans and Koreans leading up to the L.A. Riots.
Did Asian Americans Swing California for Clinton? February 8, 2008Posted by koreanpower999 in 2008 Elections, 80-20, Asian American, Asian Americans for Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Democratic Party, Hillary Clinton, Super Tuesday, Uncategorized.
New America Media, News Report, Kenneth Kim, Posted: Feb 07, 2008
Editor’s Note: Asian Americans flexed their muscle on Super Tuesday, and emerged as a swing voter bloc in California, where Asian American voters make up 8 percent of the Democratic electorate, reports NAM staff writer Kenneth Kim.
Asian Americans are about 8 percent of the Democratic voters but might have emerged as the new swing vote that helped Hillary Clinton win California. According to a CNN exit poll, about 75 percent of Asian voters cast their ballots for Clinton compared to 23 percent for Obama. In the days leading up to Super Tuesday, Obama had narrowed Clinton’s lead to such an extent that the Asian vote suddenly became pivotal though there was very little advertising in Asian media. With Asians throwing their support behind her, Clinton carried 54 percent of the Democratic electorate in the Golden State, leading Obama by 14 percent in the state and significantly increasing her delegate count.
“Overwhelming Asian support is not surprising,” says David Lee, the executive director of Chinese American Voters’ Education Committee (CAVEC), a non-partisan group in San Francisco. “She invested in building a good relationship with the Asian American community. In contrast, Obama refused to answer questions regarding the advancement of Asian Americans.”
The 80-20 Initiative, a political action committee dedicated to winning equal opportunity and justice for all Asian Americans through a swing bloc vote, asked all presidential candidates to answer the following questions last year: If elected, are you going to increase the number of Asian Americans in the federal judiciary? Are you going to enforce executive order 11246 to ensure equal opportunity for Asian Americans in work places?
Clinton and John Edwards committed to promote Asian American interests by answering yes to all of the questions, but none of the Republican candidates replied. Surprisingly, Obama declined as well. According to the 80-20 Initiative’s website, Obama replied Yes to the questions only after the group modified the wording of two questions about appointing Asian Americans as federal judges. By then the group had already endorsed Clinton for the Super Tuesday primaries.
Obama did galvanize a younger generation of voters. Indian-American actor Kal Penn of “Harold and Kumar” fame campaigned for him and the group South Asians for Obama campaigned for the Illinois senator at Bhangra parties and Bollywood dances. Little India Magazine broke with tradition and endorsed Obama before the primary, saying he was “the son of an immigrant, offers an exciting opportunity to take Americans, men and women, of all races and affiliations, to an exciting new place and time.”
But others in the Asian American community credit Clinton for effectively utilizing her institutional strength in her campaign.
Vivian Truong Gia, publisher of Viet Tribune, says she got to interview Hillary Clinton while Obama did little outreach to Asian Americans. Though the Vietnamese community traditionally votes Republican, many broke ranks to vote for Clinton, says Truong, because “we want America to be strong again and are disappointed with the last eight years. China has become dominant and the United States so weak overseas.” She thinks that if Obama actually secures the nomination many of those who voted for Clinton would end up voting for John McCain.
“Clinton began interacting with and reaching out to Asian community through her network in the community earlier than other presidential candidates,” says Dae Jung Yoon, executive director of Korean Resource Center, a non-profit organization actively engaged in Korean American’s political empowerment. “The head start was reinforced by her name recognition in the Asian American community and put her at an advantage.”
Chinese-language newspaper Sing Tao Daily also noted that many of this year’s Asian and Latino voters became naturalized U.S. citizens during the Clinton administrations between 1992 and 2000, and that Hillary Clinton helping her husband campaign for presidency years ago in the Asian community added to her positive recognition. Sing Tao also said Asian women were particularly anxious to vote for a woman as president.
The enthusiasm of these new voters was obvious, says Yoon at the Korean Resource Center. According to Yoon, between 7:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., nearly 500 calls were made to the Korean hotline, a record-breaking number in its 13-year history, and more than 100 people with various questions visited the center. Most of the callers and visitors asked about the location of their polling place and ways to obtain provisional ballots.
“Our handful of staff was completely exhausted by the afternoon. I’ve never seen this level of interest in a primary election,” says Yoon.
Asians, currently 5 percent of the U.S. population, are often ignored as a small community that is not very politically engaged. But it is one of the fastest growing population groups in the country. By 2050, Asian Americans are expected to grow by 213 percent to 33.4 million from 14.4 million, according to the U.S. Census. The population is also becoming increasingly politically active. Weekly newspaper India West ran dueling op-eds in support of Clinton and Obama from Indian Americans before the primary. Vida Benavides, chair of APIAVote, a non-partisan organization promoting Asian civic engagement, said in a press release that Asian American voices “will definitely be heard in electing the next president of the United States.”
Despite Clinton’s California triumph, under rules that award 370 nominating delegates on a proportional basis, both candidates are still in a virtual delegate tie as the primaries move on to other states.
“It’s too premature to conclude that Asians made a difference because both parties still haven’t nominated their presidential candidates,” cautions CAVEC’s Lee. “However, this primary proved the possibility that when Asian Americans participate in the political process, they can make a difference.”
Andrew Lam, Sandip Roy and Jun Wang contributed to this report.
Exit polls show that Latinos, Asian Americans, and women give Hillary Clinton a decisive victory in California over Barack Obama February 6, 2008Posted by koreanpower999 in 2008 Elections, 80-20, Asian American, Asian Americans for Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Democratic Party, feminism, gender, gender gap, Hillary Clinton, Latino vote, race, Super Tuesday, Uncategorized, women's vote.
If you look at the MSNBC exit polls from the California Democratic primary, it shows a sharp racial and gender divide.
It’s apparent that there was a huge gender gap as women came out in large numbers for Hillary Clinton over Barack Obama. Clinton beat Obama among women 59%-34%. White women were heavily tilted toward Hillary Clinton (55%-34%) whereas white men heavily favored Barack Obama (52%-34%).
This is what CNN said about how Hillary Clinton won California:
“(CNN) – Sen. Hillary Clinton can thank Latino and Asian voters for her projected victory in California. Early exit polls indicate that Sen. Barack Obama carried white voters in California because of his overwhelming support among white men. White women, as in other states, more often supported Clinton. Black voters overwhelmingly favored Obama but Asian voters, whose numbers are comparable to blacks, went overwhelmingly for Clinton. The deciding factor may have been Latinos, who make up roughly 30 percent of California’s Democratic vote. They went for Clinton by a two-to-one margin.”
If you look at the white vote, it was surprisingly even with Clinton with 45% and Obama with 42%. As expected though, the black vote went overwhelmingly for Obama 78% to 19%. However, unlike in southern states where the black vote made up 45%-55% of the total Democratic primary electorate, the black vote only made up 6% of the total Democratic primary electorate in California. What made the difference for Clinton’s big victory in California was that she crushed Obama with the Latino vote which she won handily 69% to 29%. Latinos made up 29% of the Democratic primary electorate in California. The other group that put Clinton over the top was Asian Americans. Asian Americans made up 8% of the Democratic primary electorate in California and Clinton clobbered Obama among Asian American voters by an overwhelming margin of 75% to 23%. (I wonder how much 80-20′s endorsement of Hillary Clinton in the California Democratic primary influenced Clinton’s 52% advantage over Obama in the Asian American vote?)
Barack Obama Snubs Hillary Clinton at the State of the Union and other interesting tidbits January 31, 2008Posted by koreanpower999 in 2008 Elections, 80-20, Asian American, Asian Americans for Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, feminism, Latino vote, Uncategorized.
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Here are some interesting new articles and video clips of the 2008 Democratic nomination battle:
Why Clinton can count on Latinos - an article about why Clinton has so much support in the Latino community
Lessons of 1992 - why the message of unity falls short in comparison to the importance of specific policies
Kennedys for Clinton - Three of Bobby Kennedy’s children write about their support for Hillary Clinton and show that there is a split among the Kennedy family between Clinton and Obama
Womens Rights Head Accuses Kennedy of Betrayal - The New York Chapter of the National Organization of Women (NOW) accuses Ted Kennedy of betraying women by endorsing Barack Obama over Hillary Clinton
More on the Obama Snub of Hillary Clinton at the State of the Union – an article about Barack Obama snubbing Hillary Clinton at the State of the Union
Whoopi Goldbeg on Obama’s snub of Hillary Clinton at the State of the Union
Barack Obama Snubs Asian Americans: a news story on 80-20′s endorsement of Hillary Clinton and their work to help her win the California primary