And her selection comes at a time when both political parties are itching to make inroads with the nearly 2 million eligible Indian American voters.
Still, as she has risen in politics, Harris’ South Asian background has been often overshadowed by her Jamaican roots.
“If Kamala Harris is also of Asian descent, why does the press only label her ’Black?” a recent Poynter story asked.
Other voters of South Asian descent say they’ll be keeping a sharp eye on Harris’ stance on India if she and Biden win the election.
Shivam Bhatt, an Indian American tech worker in California’s Silicon Valley, said he has mixed feelings about Harris.