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Editorial: Karthick Ramakrishnan wants academic insights to help solve policy problems

Today, you can say that Ramakrishnan is bringing ivory tower brainpower to the places that can apply it to solve real-world problems. Ramakrishnan serves on the board of The California Endowment, which seeks to improve healthcare and its affordability, and he’s also on the board of the California Commission on Asian and Pacific Islander American...
By Samantha Dunn, The OC Register |

In the News: Trump Gets Double Digit Jump in AAPI Data Poll of Indian American Voters

While two-thirds of Indian American voters said they planned to vote for the Joe Biden-Kamala Harris presidential ticket, President Donald Trump got a surprising, almost double digit, jump, according to the results of the AAPI Data survey released Sept. 15. In 2016, 77 percent of Indian Americans voted for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, while...
By Sunita Sohrabji |

In the News: Trump spent years trying to win over Indian Americans. Then Biden picked Harris.

Donald Trump has worked for years to make inroads with Indian Americans in ways Republican presidential candidates never have — recruiting volunteers at Indian grocery stores, holding events in five Indian languages and paying for targeted digital ads. Joe Biden undercut those efforts in a matter of weeks... "It was always going to be an...
By Anita Kumar, Politico |

In the News: Getting Out the Latino Vote in Rural California

Decades after UFW’s early voter registration drives, and key amendments to the Voting Rights Act, activists continue to work to raise turnout and registration among Latinos voters in Southern California. The eastern Coachella Valley’s immigrant population, for one, is made up of both citizens and non-citizens, many of whom have lived in the area for...

Will Indian Americans vote for Trump?

Indian Americans are being actively courted by both the Republican and the Democratic parties as election day nears in the United States, November 3. The group, which has traditionally been overlooked as a political constituent, is among the fastest-growing segment of voters in the country. Asian Americans, more generally, comprise a record 4.7 per cent...
By Roshni Majumdar, India Today |

Op-ed: Nikki Haley's 'American dream'

Indian Americans are having their moment in the political spotlight. Nikki Haley, the Indian American former ambassador to the United Nations and former governor of South Carolina, had a prominent speaking role at the Republican National Convention last night, as the party seeks to improve on its bleak performance among voters of color in 2016...
By Karthick Ramakrishnan, CNN |

The South Asian Identity In the Current Political Moment

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly talks with Karthick Ramakrishnan, a public policy professor at the University of California, Riverside, about the South Asian political moment at the parties' conventions. Read Interview Here
By Mary Louise Kelly, NPR News |

16.6 Million People of Color, Purged from State Rosters, Will Not Be Able to Vote in November

More than 16.6 million people of color who were previously registered to vote have been “de-activated” from polling rosters unbeknownst to them, and will be ineligible to vote in the Nov. 3 general election. 48 million people overall have been de-registered, according to state by state polling rosters. In a number of states, voters who...
By Sunita Sohrabji, Nepal 24 Hours |

Indian-American vote is crucial in swing states, and they're still leaning Democrat, says US professor Karthick Ramakrishnan

While Trump and his supporters are claiming there has been a big movement of Indian-American votes to the sitting President, the latest survey in this area indicates Asian-Americans, including Indian-Americans, remain loyal to Democrats, and Kamala Harris candidacy for V-P may strengthen support, Karthick Ramakrishnan, Professor of Political Science and Public Policy at University of...
By Chidanand Rajghatta, Times of India |

Kamala Harris Has a Lot Going for Her but Her Old Positions Come Under the Scanner

Though the Senator has struggled to spin her record as a prosecutor in her favour, her flexible positions will help the Democratic Party forge a new policy framework. Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s decision to choose Kamala Harris as his vice-presidential running mate has catapulted her back into the national spotlight. Harris bowed out of...
By Sreya Sarkar, The Wire |

Trump campaign woos designers votes as GOP kicks off convention

The Trump campaign has released an Indian-American specific ad featuring US President Donal Trump's India outreach and his friendship with Prime Minister Narenda Modi in an effort to woo the nearly 2 million potential "desi" votes in the November 3 Presidential election. There are an estimated 1.8 million Indian-American voters in the U.S., more than...
By Chidanand Rajghatta, Times of India |

November's Prop. 16 affirmative-action initiative sets off lively debate among Asian Americans

Southern California's Asian American movements for and against the initiative have been unable to reconcile despite shared interests. “Stop divisive and racist Prop 16!” reads a giant banner, held up by masked protesters at a recent Arcadia rally. “Keep discrimination illegal!” More than 500 community members drove in to a car rally at Arcadia County...
By Ashley Fan, Whittier Daily News |

Fil-Ams Democrats in Clark County find alternate ways to get out the vote, express support for Biden-Harris ticket

WITH Election Day less than three months away, Filipino Americans in Southern Nevada are ramping up efforts to ensure that the community shows its voting power as the largest Asian American group in the state. The presence of Fil-Ams in the state, and particularly in Clark County, is significant that election materials are available in...
By Christina M. Oriel, Asian Journal |

Why Kamala Harris' Identity Matters

Sen. Kamala Harris' place on the Democratic ticket alongside Joe Biden is a historic development for America. This episode is a special deep dive into the nation's understanding about identity — and how Harris' nomination could help change how we talk about race and ethnicity. Guests: Axios' Courtenay Brown, UC Riverside political scientist Karthick Ramakrishnan...
By Axios |

'My chitthis': The significance of Sen. Kamala Harris' speaking Tamil on a national stage

"For Kamala to address her roots was a powerful move. I think she recognizes this is not a trivial voting bloc," one expert said. In her vice presidential acceptance speech Wednesday night at the Democratic National Convention, Sen. Kamala Harris of California acknowledged her husband, her children, her sister, her nieces, her godchildren, her uncles...
By Saloni Gajjar, NBC News |

Data: Between 2000 & 2020, Asian American voters grew by 139%, more than any other group

While campaigning and fundraising for the US Presidential elections may have been disrupted because of COVID-19, concerns are also being raised on how the elections will be conducted in these unprecedented times. Postponement of the elections in highly unlikely since the Presidential elections were never postponed in US history, even during the US Civil War...
By Pavithra K M, Factly |

The window is closing to fill out the census. Help your community get its fair share.

It’s not too late to fill out the census, but time is running out — fill out yours by September 30 to be counted. As with so much else, the pandemic has upended the U.S. census, the once-a-decade national headcount that informs everything from how political districts are drawn to funding for schools and public...
By Nicole Freeling, UC Newsroom |

Keys for getting first-time and limited-English speaking voters to participate in the election

Targeted outreach efforts are crucial for reaching first-time, low-propensity and limited-English speaking voters. California is taking dramatic steps to prepare the state to vote safely during a pandemic. Most notably, every registered California voter will receive a vote-by-mail ballot a month before Election Day, so they can vote from the safety of their home. In-person...
By Jonathan Mehta Stein and Francisco Pedraza, CalMatters |

Asian Americans Lean Heavily Towards Joe Biden: AAPI Data

Asian Americans lean heavily towards supporting Democratic candidate Joe Biden in 2020 US Elections, says data. Surveying early polling statistics, Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Datafound that "registered Asian Americans lean heavily towards supporting Democratic candidate Joe Biden in 2020, although about 1 in 6 are still persuadable." Restricting the analysis to those who have...
By The Quint |

Latest polling data shows Indian-Americans continue to lean towards Democrats

Asian-American voters, including Indian-Americans, continue to lean heavilty towards the Democratic the Democratic Party, with 54 per cent saying they are inclined to vote for Joe Biden, 29 per cent for Donald Trump and 16 per cent undecided, according to early polling by AAPIData, which publishes policy research & demographic data on Asian Americans &...
By Chidanand Rajghatta, Times of India |