Asian Pacific Americans the candidate has hired, appointed or supported for election
Elaine Chao: Secretary of Transportation
Nikki Haley: U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations
Amul Roger Thapar: judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
Karen Gren Scholer: nominated to be U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of Texas
Ajit Pai: Chairman, Federal Communications Commission
Neomi Rao: head of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs in the Office of Management and Budget
Byung J. “BJay” Pak: nominated to be the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia
Indian Americans for Trump
Hindus for Trump
4/11/17 Asia Society: “An Interview With an Asian American Trump Supporter”
by Matt Schiavenza
Over the last quarter century, Asian Americans have become increasingly reliable voters for the Democratic Party. 2016 was no exception. Despite Donald Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton last November, Asian Americans preferred the former secretary of state over the real-estate mogul by a 65 to 29 margin. The 36 point difference marks a stunning turnaround from 1992, when Asian Americans supported President George H.W. Bush over Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton by 20 points.
Lisa Shin hopes to change this trend. An optometrist in Los Alamos, New Mexico, Shin emerged as a prominent supporter of President Trump when she served as a delegate and spoke at the Republican National Convention last summer. The daughter of immigrants from South Korea, Shin says she was drawn to Trump during the Republican primaries because of his vow to crack down on illegal immigration. While acknowledging that the Democratic Party has done a much better job targeting the support of Asian Americans, Shin believes that a Republican appeal to fundamental conservative principles may reverse the party’s unpopularity with the group.
3/1/17 NBC News: “Trump’s Address to Congress Draws Praise, Pushback From Asian-American Leaders”
by Chris Fuchs
At the beginning of his speech, the president addressed the shooting of three men in a Kansas bar last week, which the FBI said Tuesday it was investigating as a hate crime. Two of the victims are Indian, one of whom died. The gunman allegedly shouted “get out of my country” before opening fire, witnesses said.
“Recent threats targeting Jewish community centers and vandalism of Jewish cemeteries, as well as last week’s shooting in Kansas City, remind us that while we may be a nation divided on policies, we are a country that stands united in condemning hate and evil in all its forms,” Trump said Tuesday night.
California Republican national committeewoman Harmeet Dhillon, who delivered a Sikh prayer at last summer’s Republican National Convention, said Trump sent a clear message Tuesday that hate will not be tolerated in America.
“I can tell you that Indian Americans around the world have been waiting to hear that from the president,” Dhillon told NBC News. “And I was very gratified to hear that this evening.”
While some Republicans like Cliff Li, executive director of the National Committee of Asian American Republicans, said Trump sounded more presidential than in previous speeches, others in the community were not sold.
10/26/16 NBC News: “Determination, Discontent Grow in Trump Asian-American, Pacific Islander Outreach Effort”
by Chris Fuchs
Chinese Americans for Trump founder David (Tian) Wang is as pumped for a Donald Trump presidency now as he was when he founded his group a week after the real estate mogul announced his candidacy last year.
He and hundreds of his volunteers have been knocking on doors in battleground states, handing out flyers to seniors at Chinese supermarkets, and sending airplanes into the skies of American cities with banners reading, “Chinese Americans for Trump,” Wang told NBC News.
10/19/16 NBC News: “Trump Asian Pacific American Committee Holds First Meeting 3 Weeks Before Election”
by Chris Fuchs
Just three weeks before the election, Donald Trump’s Asian Pacific American advisory committee met Tuesday night for the very first time in Las Vegas — but the GOP nominee himself was a no-show, according to one of the members who attended.
10/15/16 Asbury Park Press: “South Asian-Americans cheer, jeer Trump at Edison event”
By Nicholas Pugliese and Karen Yi
Republican Donald Trump’s visit to a charity concert in Edison on Saturday inspired reactions as diverse as New Jersey’s South Asian communities and was not without the divisiveness that has followed the candidate in other parts of the country.
“Excellent” was how Hemant Panchal, a doctor in the audience, reviewed Trump’s roughly 12-and-a-half-minute speech, which included a commitment to making the U.S. and India “best friends.”
10/14/16 Washington Post: “Indian Americans vote solidly Democratic, but some hope Trump can change that”
By Max Bearak
On Saturday at a convention center in Edison, N.J., GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump is scheduled to give an address unlike any he has given before — in front of a crowd of fervent supporters who will be mostly nonwhite.
The address, hosted by the Trump campaign and the Republican Hindu Coalition, is part of a charity benefit for Hindu victims of terrorism. With Bollywood-style entertainment and Indian celebrity guest appearances, the spectacle will provide welcome optics for a campaign that has provoked almost nothing but backlash from minority voters.
The event is also unusual because the Indian American community overwhelmingly leans Democratic, with 70 percent planning to vote for Hillary Clinton compared with 7 percent for Trump, according to the most recent polls.
10/5/16 Los Angeles Times: “Asian-American voters are spurning Trump — and threatening to spurn the Republican Party”
by Cathleen Decker
Asian American voters are siding strongly with Hillary Clinton in the presidential contest, as younger voters in particular abandon Donald Trump and the Republican Party, a new poll of those voters has found.
Clinton has a firm hold on 55% of Asian American voters. When those leaning toward the candidates are counted, she leads Trump by 49 points, 70%-21%.
10/1/16 New York Times: “Donald Trump Is Seen as Helping Push Asian-Americans Into Democratic Arms”
By Jeremy W. Peters
LAS VEGAS — On paper at least, Asian-Americans seem like perfect Republicans. Many are small-business owners. Their communities tend to be more culturally conservative. And a lot of them, having fled oppressive Communist governments, found comfort in the Republican Party’s aggressive anti-Communist policies.
But in what could be a significant realignment of political allegiance, Asian-Americans are identifying as Democrats at a quicker pace than any other racial group. And many Republicans worry this election will only accelerate that trend, damaging their party for years to come with what is now the fastest-growing minority in the country.
9/30/16 Mother Jones “With Other Minority Outreach Efforts Struggling, Trump Turns to Asian Americans; But they’ve moved sharply toward the Democratic Party in recent years.”
by P.R. Lockhart
After several missteps in its attempts to win over black and Latino voters, the Donald Trump campaign is turning its attention to Asian Americans, a rapidly growing demographic that is playing an increasingly important role in presidential elections.
9/25/16 NBC News: “Trump Campaign Announces Asian Pacific American Advisory Council”
by Chris Fuchs
An optometrist who addressed the Republican National Convention, a Utah attorney general, and a former labor secretary are among the more than two-dozen members of Donald Trump’s recently formed Asian Pacific American advisory committee, his campaign announced Sunday.
8/20/16 PBS.org: “Meet some of the Chinese Americans voting for Trump”
BY Andi Wang
Tao Yu, a 48-year-old Chinese American woman, said meeting Donald Trump was a wonderful memory.
8/19/16 People’s World: “Trump adds Philippines to terror list, Asian-American labor responds”
(PAI) — Add the Philippines – a top U.S. ally ever since it left its U.S. territorial status 70 years ago – to the list of “terrorist” nations whose incoming nationals Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump would ban.
8/17/16 Portland OR Tribune: “Parties make their arguments to Asian Americans”
by Peter Wong
LAS VEGAS — Spokesmen for the Democratic and Republican parties, and two nominees of other parties hoping to capitalize on public discontent with presidential choices, laid out their arguments to Asian Americans as the nation’s fastest growing racial group.
7/28/16 CNBC.com: “Trump risks alienating Asian-Americans, a rising voting force”
by Jacob Pramuk
PHILADELPHIA — Stephanie Murphy’s family escaped Vietnam on a boat, eventually making it to the United States with aid from an American Navy ship.
Now, the 37-year-old businesswoman and defense expert is running for a House seat in Florida as a Democrat. Murphy said she would be proud to become the first Vietnamese-American woman in Congress, but even prouder that her election would mark another step toward lawmakers reflecting the diversity of the U.S. population.
7/21/16 Rafu Shimpo: “Diversity Coalition for Trump Includes Asian Americans”
People of color who support Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee for president, have formed the National Diversity Coalition for Trump.
7/20/16 NBC News: “Asian-American Republicans at RNC Unite for Trump Following Nomination”
by Chris Fuchs
CLEVELAND — Many Asian-American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Republicans and delegates at the Republican National Convention appeared to be uniting in support of presidential candidate Donald Trump as the real-estate mogul received the GOP’s official nomination Tuesday evening.
7/19/16 NBC News: “Meet the Republican Delegate who Helped Found Korean Americans for Trump”
by Chris Fuchs
CLEVELAND, Ohio — On Thursday, when Donald Trump is expected to accept the GOP’s presidential nomination, New Mexico delegate Lisa Shin will take the stage at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, to talk about her immigrant parents and the American dream.
6/7/16 Singapore Strait Times: “Most Asian-Americans don’t favour Donald Trump: Survey”
by Jeremy Au Yong (US Bureau Chief) and Melissa Sim (US Correspondent) In San Francisco
At a Donald Trump rally in Anaheim, California, nearly two weeks ago, Ms Zeng Ling shared a stage and shook hands with the presumptive Republican presidential nominee.
6/4/16 The Daily Beast: “As President, Trump’s ‘Asia Pivot’ Will Be Toward War; He’ll start a trade war with China, an economic war with Japan, and with North Korea, a real war war. America, wake up”
Hillary Clinton came out swinging at Donald Trump Thursday, making specific reference to the scary prospect of him taking possession of the nuclear codes: “It’s not hard to imagine Donald Trump leading us into a war just because somebody got under his very thin skin.”
5/27/16 Los Angeles Times: “Meet the Chinese American immigrants who are supporting Donald Trump”
by Kate Linthicum
Ling Zeng got celebrity treatment at this week’s Donald Trump rally in Anaheim.
One after another, dozens of Trump supporters approached to snap pictures of Zeng and her friends, who wore matching T-shirts that read: “Chinese Americans love Trump
5/26/16 NBC News: “Attracted by Immigration, Education Policies, Some Chinese Americans Stump for Trump”
by Chris Fuchs
Tian Wang is 32, a freelance investor, and he hates people who enter the country illegally.
“Why would you like anybody who’s illegal?” he told NBC News.
Wang isn’t one to mince his words, which is why he says he likes Donald Trump. At first, he was leaning toward supporting former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, but then he discovered some online videos of the billionaire Republican candidate, known for his off-the-cuff remarks, and he binge watched for nearly five hours.
5/24/16 Time Magazine: “Poll: Asian-Americans View Hillary Clinton Much More Favorably Than Donald Trump”
by Katie Reilly
Likely Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has a strong advantage over presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump among Asian-American voters, the fastest-growing multicultural segment in the U.S., according to a new poll.
Poll: Asian-Americans View Hillary Clinton Much More Favorably Than Donald Trump
5/23/16 Politico: “Trump polls miserably among Asian Americans”
By Hanna Trudo
Donald Trump is wildly unpopular among Asian-American voters, who are flocking to the Democratic Party, according to a new survey.
Only 19 percent of Asian Americans hold a favorable view of the presumptive Republican nominee, according to a survey of more than 1,000 registered Asian Americans conducted by three Asian-American NGOs, while 61 percent view him unfavorably.
That’s nearly the opposite of Hillary Clinton, who is viewed favorably by 62 percent of Asian Americans — one of the fastest-growing minority populations in the country — and unfavorably by 26 percent. Clinton also scores 14 percentage points higher than her Democratic opponent Bernie Sanders, who earns a 48 percent favorability rating.
4/20/16 press release: “AALDEF Exit Poll: Chinatown Voters Support Clinton, Trump in NY Presidential Primaries; 65th AD Special Election Results”
New York, NY — Asian American voters in New York’s Chinatown strongly supported Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump in the April 19 presidential primary elections, according to preliminary results of a bilingual exit poll conducted by the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF).
3/14/16 NBC News: “Young Asian-American Republicans Troubled by What Trump Is Doing to Their Party”
by Emil Guillermo
After Donald Trump won Hawaii’s Republican caucus last week, Beth Fukumoto Chang, the 32-year-old leader of the Republicans in the Hawaii House of Representatives, was resigned to thinking she might not support her party for the presidency.
3/14/16 NBC News: “In Florida, Trump a Factor Among Split Asian-American Voters”
by Emil Guillermo
Florida is the largest prize in both parties’ presidential primaries Tuesday, with 246 Democratic delegates and 99 Republican delegates up for grabs. On the GOP side, the state’s delegates are winner-take-all, enough to push Donald Trump closer to being the GOP’s nominee.
That makes Aakash Patel, 32, a wanted man.
He’s an undecided Republican voter.
3/1/16 NBC News: “In Texas GOP Race, Trump Has Some Asian-American Appeal”
by Emil Guillermo
As Sen. Ted Cruz tries to beat businessman Donald Trump in what appears to be one of the closer GOP Super Tuesday races in Texas, Nghi Ho is relaxing in paradise — and hoping for a Trump victory.
Ho, 49, is a leading member of the Texas Asian Republican Caucus, a financial services business owner, and a current five-term school board member in Houston’s heavily-Asian community of Alief. Ho told NBC News he took advantage of last week’s early voting, and is spending this Super Tuesday in Hawaii with his wife Agnes — who is supporting Sen. Marco Rubio — as they celebrate their 25th anniversary.
10/15/2015 The Huffington Post: “Trump Looks At Asian-American Student And Asks If He’s From South Korea; That’s not a harmless question”
by Lydia O’Connor
Things got awkward on Monday when Donald Trump asked an Asian-American college student if he was from South Korea.
10/15/15 NPR: “South Korea? Trump’s ‘Where Are You From’ Moment”
by Asma Khalid
Joseph Choe, a Harvard student, stood up to ask Donald Trump a question about South Korea at the No Labels Problem Solver Convention in New Hampshire on Monday.
“Basically, you said that South Korea takes advantage of the United States in terms of the defense spending on the Korean Peninsula,” he began. “I just want to get the facts straight.”
Before he could finish, Trump interrupted.
“Are you from South Korea?” he wondered aloud.
“I’m not,” Choe said. “I was born in Texas, raised in Colorado.”
8/27/15 KABC Los Angeles: “Donald Trump’s remarks spark outrage in Asian American communities; Asian Americans upset by Donald Trump’s recent remarks”
By Miriam Hernandez
Big statements from Donald Trump resonated with supporters Thursday in Greenville, South Carolina, but in local Asian American communities, his bold comments were not welcome.
During his speech, he drew a link between Asians and theft, then followed the statement up with another remark Asian Americans consider offensive. He gave audiences his rendition of how a Chinese trade negotiator talks.