Monday 21st August 2017,

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The Hill: Is There Really Such a Thing As An Asian American Vote?

posted by Randall

VotingThe existence of the Asian American vote is a myth, according to Anne Kim who expressed her opinion in a blog she wrote for The Hill.

Asian Americans originated from countries as geographically, politically and economically diverse as China, India, the Philippines and Korea. The Asian American population also includes Pakistanis, Hmong, Cambodians, Laotians, Thais, Bangladeshis, Indonesians, Burmese and Nepalese (and even that doesn’t cover all the different Asian American subgroups).

Kim questions whether Asian Americans can be considered a monolithic voting bloc given their vast diversity.

Its a good question, but one that’s not backed up by exit polls.

Those polls find Asian Americans have voted overwhelmingly democrat in the last few presidential elections. Those polls also find Asian Americans support affirmative action, immigration reform and favor the use of government to solve societal problems.

So yes, the experience of Asian Americans differ, but there are similarities that politicians can tap into to attract Asian American voters. To dismiss Asian Americans as a voting bloc would be a mistake for any politician.

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