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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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According to the 2010 census, those who identify as Asian include 3.8 million Chinese-Americans, 3.4 million Filipinos, 3.2 million Indians, 1.7 million Vietnamese, 1.7 million Koreans, and 1.3 million Japanese. Currently Asian-Americans constitute 3% of the electorate, but that number is growing and Asian-Americans are the fastest growing racial group.

There’s a lot of focus on demographics and the Hispanic population right now, but almost zero discussion of the Asian-American factor. Obama won 70% of the Asian-American vote in 2012. Note that there was an “Asian-Americans for Obama” group but no Romney counterpart.

If you don’t play, you can’t win.

The Republican Party should focus on Asian-Americans because the GOP is most reflective of the Asian-American dream. Many Asian-Americans are first-generation legal immigrants who should be responsive to the Republican message of equal opportunity.  They are highly educated and typically do not benefit from the policies of racial preferences as African-Americans and Hispanics do.

Foreign policy and the economy were some of the most important issues for Asians-Americans, and if there had been some outreach, Asian-Americans may have voted in larger proportions for the Romney-Ryan plan. Indian-Americans in particular are the wealthiest demographic group, but are largely untapped as possible political contributors. Republicans belong to the party of Bobby Jindal and Nikki Haley. It’s time the leadership recognized that.

Asian-Americans are here to stay. Reach out to us. We could decide the next election.

Related at PJ Media from David P. Goldman: Stop talking about the Hispanics for a moment — what about Asian-Americans?

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Maya M. Noronha is the Deputy Director of the Republican National Lawyers Association.
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