You just put a dagger and a target on every Vietnamese American’s back.” Janet Nguyen wondered if Newsom had made the comment knowing that many Vietnamese Americans were unlikely to support him.
At this rate, according to the Pew Research Center, by 2055 Asian Americans will be the country’s largest immigrant group.
Most important, Asian Americans tend not to identify strongly with either of the major parties: nearly two in five Asian American voters aren’t registered as either a Democrat or a Republican.
Perhaps because of this, Asian American turnout lags behind that of whites and African-Americans; a highly educated Asian American immigrant is less likely to vote than a white person with the same socioeconomic background.
The first major voter-registration drive of Asian Americans began in 1996, when a coalition of nineteen community organizations formed the National Asian Pacific American Voter Registration Campaign.