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Sun Nov 11, 2012, 11:29 AM
JackN415 (924 posts)
1. From the perspectve of a social scientist, one may try to understand why...
a certain cultural-ethnic group vote so overwhelmingly for one party. But from an individual perspective, each likely votes for values.
I'm a naturalized Asian-Am (A-A), (and with a birth certificate outside of the US to show for ), and always voted for Democrat based on values.
Just to share with other non-Asian DUers:
There is a huge, huge cultural-linguistic-ethnic background variation within the tiny 3% A-A. The cultural variation is as diverse as the American European Caucasians (Anglo-Saxon, Irish-Am, Italian, German, Scandinavian, Polish, Slavic, Mediterranean,...). The cultural and linguistic background is far more relevant than racial. East Asians & Southeast Asians share Sinica civilization background (like Europeans sharing Greco-Roman background) and South Asians & Southeast Asians share India and Islamic civilization background.
Race is likely the least discriminant factor among this population group. (Least discriminant means least relevance in their studies). To say that Japanese Am and Chinese Am are racially similar and hence may have similar political value is the same as saying the Polish, German, and Slavic are racially similar and hence must have the same politico-cultural behavior.
If Asian-Americans vote overwhelmingly for one party, such as Democrat, it's because their cultural background and individual values likely match the values of the Democratic party. Of course there is some "community" factor, such as Asian political group 80-20 that tries to leverage the power of block-voting. But individual choice is still a powerful factor.
I didn't vote for Republican not because of their racism. In fact, I'm proud of the US as the least racist country in the world. It is much worse in other countries and societies. Racism never bothers me. There are racists in every group of people. It is not an indictment of an entire group of people just because a percentage of them is so.
I vote for Democrat because of my liberalism philosophy, period. No amount of racial token will change that. Some Indian colleagues I know are disgusted at Bobby Jindal and his idiocy. They would never vote for him even he is "one of them."
I recommend us Democrats to go for fundamental human values. Respect each individual's philosophy and values. Don't have a "racial" strategy like Republican. The fact that they consider a racial strategy just shows how ignorant they are.
We create values that appeal to all people, it has nothing to do with race.
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