Moreover, many young voters, particularly young Asian Americans, are excited by his candidacy and have become more involved in the electoral process because they finally feel represented.
But he has also raised serious concerns among those in the community who feel he is using tired stereotypes of Asian Americans to cater to a wider range of voters.
Asian Americans are at a pivotal moment; as we are thrust into the spotlight through increased representation, we must grapple with how we understand our own identities and the weight that carries.
After years of having our voices ignored, Asian Americans now have the opportunity to define who we are, on our own terms.
Katerina Jeng and Krystie Yen are the co-founders of Slant’d, a collective built from the ground up by Asian Americans for Asian Americans, rooted in the causes and values that matter deeply to the Asian-American community.