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The Overlooked Minority: The Asian-American Voter

Why the GOP is most reflective of the Asian-American dream.

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Maya M. Noronha

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November 13, 2012 - 11:04 pm
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If the Republican Party is looking to reach out to a growing minority, they ought to focus on Asian-Americans. This election season, 51% of Asian-Americans received no phone calls — from either party — telling them to get out to vote. Asian-Americans are a minority among minorities (3% of the electorate, compared to the somewhat larger African-American and Hispanic voting populations), and Democrats ended up taking the majority of Asian-American votes because Republicans worried more about Hispanic voters. The outreach for the next election should start now, and the Asian-American voter should no longer be ignored.

Americans don’t seem to truly understand Asian-Americans. There was a tremendous backlash against the so-called “Tiger Mom,” an Asian-American parent who promoted high standards for her children, a parenting style for which her daughters actually thank her. Vice President Joe Biden said to an Indian: “You cannot go to a 7-11 or a Dunkin Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent. … I’m not joking.”

I’m not laughing.

My mother always told me: “If you’re a ditch digger, be the best ditch digger you can be.” There’s nothing wrong with an honest day’s work as a gas station attendant or a cab driver. We’ll work hard and take a job that others might think is beneath them. Asians will take you where you need to go.

Biden may only see first-generation Asian-Americans at low paying jobs, but Asians are often the doctors who save lives and the engineers who patent the latest technological inventions.

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