Why Asian Americans don’t vote Republican

A voter drops off her election ballot at a drop box in Portland, Oregon November 4, 2008. Oregon is the only state that has no polling sites. All ballots are cast by mail or at drop off locations. REUTERS/Richard Clement (UNITED STATES) US PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION CAMPAIGN 2008 (USA)

During the recent No Labels-hosted Problem Solver Convention in New Hampshire, things got a little uncomfortable.

When Joseph Choe, an Asian-American college student, stood up to ask a question about South Korea, Donald Trump cut him off and wondered aloud: “Are you from South Korea?”

Choe responded, “I’m not. I was born in Texas, raised in Colorado.” His answer prompted laughter from the audience, and nothing more than a shrug from the GOP presidential candidate.

Although Trump probably did not intend to offend, this interaction likely reminded Choe and other Asian-American voters that being Asian often translates to being perceived by fellow Americans as a foreigner.

However innocuous Trump’s question may seem, this is exactly the sort of exchange that could, in part, be pushing Asian Americans – the highest-income, most-educated, and fastest-growing segment of the United States – toward the Democratic Party by landslide margins.

Read the full article at TheConversation.com.