Asian American leaders see ‘a pivotal moment’ for political participation amid rising hate

By Jonathan Tamari, The Philadelphia Inquirer |

“This will be a pivotal moment in Asian American political participation for decades to come, where you’re seeing a community getting politically activated in a way they never have been before,” said Karthick Ramakrishnan, founder of the research group AAPI Data.

The group leans heavily Democratic, but Ramakrishnan said AAPI voters are a “classic persuadable constituency.”

“Because most Asian American citizens are naturalized, they don’t have strong party affiliation, because they didn’t grow up in a Democratic household or a Republican household,” he said.