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Asian Americans and the GOP
National Review Online, by Ramesh Ponnuru

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Posted By:supersid, 11/26/2012 12:18:01 PM

Charles Murray argues, admittedly impressionistically, that the Republican party’s social conservatism is turning off Asian Americans. Asians who became successful because everyone in the family worked two or three jobs (a common strategy behind Asian success) are likely to be offended by the liberal “You didn’t build that” mentality. Unlike every other minority group, Asians owe nothing to the Democrats for affirmative action. On the contrary, Asians are penalized by affirmative action, especially in the universities, where discrimination against Asian applicants (relative to their superb academic qualifications) has been documented in the technical literature.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: supersid, 11/26/2012 12:18:35 PM     (No. 9034390)



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Reply 2 - Posted by: supersid, 11/26/2012 12:27:17 PM     (No. 9034404)

Not sure what happened at # 1 above. It posted by itself!

The article by Charles Murray is from AEI website, so I posted this from NRO. The murray article is here:
http://www.aei-ideas.org/2012/11/why-arent-asians-republicans/

Ponnuru also links to another article from ´Reason´ magazine that is too old to post but is worth reading:
http://reason.com/blog/2012/10/31/why-republicans-cant-harness-indian-amer

From the Reason article: It effectively signals to them that they don’t fully belong in America or their party. And the sight of Haley and Jindal on the Republican convention stage, both of whom rejected their faith and embraced Christianity, doesn’t reassure Indians -- it creeps them out! (Incidentally, there is no such thing as apostasy in Hinduism.)

Good point. I feel an almost visceral loathing whenever I see Jindal. Everything about him does creep me out! It is not even about faith - I am one of the few here that supported Mike Huckabee for example. It is the fact that he is the type of person that would sell his mother.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: octrojan, 11/26/2012 12:49:55 PM     (No. 9034443)

In my business, I encounter many successful Asian businessmen--who are almost universally liberal democrats. Yes, they get that Dems want to tax them and regulate their businesses, but they associate Reps with immigration hassles, bigotry (unfairly but, as the article notes, true)and they come from cultures with big governments. They don´t see a problem with big government.

Same with Hispanics, I suspect. For all the drivel we read about how Hispanics are natural Reps, we forget that in their own countries, they keep electing dictator types.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: FilAm, 11/26/2012 1:21:51 PM     (No. 9034489)

So true,Asians will vote Mao,Mugabe,PolPot,Ho Chi Minh,Marcos if they have a D after their name.Filipinos...majority Catholics voted Democrat...inspite of abortion,Obamacare attacks on religious healthcare institutions.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: horacer, 11/26/2012 3:33:21 PM     (No. 9034706)

Thank link you for the links at #2 OP. Social issues should be state concerns. The anger against Roe v Wade stemmed from the fact the issue was taken away from the states. These are our allies. We need to emphasize freedom, free markets, free minds. We´ve allowed perception to become reality.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: philly_patriot, 11/26/2012 4:27:58 PM     (No. 9034804)

In Philadelphia and Pa most older Vietnamese immigrants are from the former South Vietnam and are Catholic, who vote Republican.

Younger 2nd generation Vietnamese, here [like other college grads] and increasingly immigrants [Buddhist] from the former North of the country vote D.

Most Chinese and ´Chinese - Vietnamese´ here are Ds, both earlier generations, and recent immigrants from these Communist Countries.

The first elected Asian Phila. City Councilman, is a Korean - American Republican.

Houston has a R City Councilman, and California has had numerous R Vietnamese elected officials, State Assembly members. and local City and county officials. The first Vietnamese US Congressman, from Louisiana was a Republican.

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In 2008 the Obama campaign was very successful in parlaying his ´Hawaiian Asian - Pacific origins´ into overwhelming support over Clinton in the D primary here.[among Chinese, Chinese - Vietnamese, and Filipino voters].

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