“It took me 15 years to get to this point,” says Ling Luo, the founder of the Asian American Democratic Club, a national political organization.
“What’s fascinating with the Andrew Yang phenomenon is that you’ve seen a younger generation [of Asian Americans], more native born, showing a heightened level of interest on the Democratic side,” says Karthick Ramakrishnan, a political-science professor at UC Riverside, who studies the Asian American electorate.
Most of this money came from Chinese Americans, a striking fact considering that from January to March last year, Trump received 56 percent of all Chinese American political contributions.
Yang isn’t the only force that dampened the conservative drift of Asian Americans.
“Because he’s an Asian American candidate … there is a massive ecosystem working to push [his] visibility,” she said.