Marc Ambinder has a must-read this morning in a column for GQ:
What can one possibly add to the hill of hype that now surrounds the glorious Jeremy Lin, New York Knickerbocker?
Asian-Americans are a unique lot for political folks to categorize, in that they don’t tend to identify collectively as one. Korean-Americans in Northern Virginia have different ways of seeing the world than Filipinos in Nevada. (Manny Pacquiao’s last-minute endorsement of Harry Reid in the 2010 Senate race may have swung the race to him.) Taiwanese-Americans in Palo Alto are more conservative than Chinese-Americans in New York. It has long been assumed that Latinos would become more Republican as subcultures assimilated into the mainstream, but that hasn’t happened. It doesn’t seem like it will happen with Asian-Americans either, who, by 2050, will compromise about 8 percent of the U.S. population.
The GOP’s association with American Christianity and with upward mobility and are enough for Asian-Americans to give that party a look, but the Asian-American vote has become more and more Democratic as the average Asian-American voter has spent a longer amount of time inside the U.S. “On paper, Asians—culturally conservative, family values, entrepreneurship, fiscally conservative, meritocracy—seem tailor-made for Republicans,” says Tony Lee, a Korean-American conservative and editor at the publication Human Events. “But, like with Cubans, the younger generation of Asians has not voted as Republican as one may have expected or assumed. ”
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