Donald Trump on Asian American Issues

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
Ms. Neomi Rao: judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit
James Ho: judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, on Trump’s list of possible Supreme Court nominees
John Nalbandian: judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
Amul Roger Thapar: judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, on Trump’s list of possible Supreme Court nominees
Michael H. Park: judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
Kenneth K. Lee: judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Patrick J. Bumatay: judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Jill Otake: U.S. District Judge for the District of Hawaii
Karen Gren Scholer: U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of Texas
Raag Singhal, U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of Florida
Diane Gujarati: nominated to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
J. Nicholas Ranjan, nominated to the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
Shireen Mathews, nominated to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
Vijay Shanker, nominated to the District of Columbia Court of Appeals (highest court in D.C.)
Nellie Liang, nominated to the Federal Reserve Board of Governors
Jessie Liu: nominated as Associate Attorney General (third highest ranking at the Department of Justice)
Ajit Pai: Chairman, Federal Communications Commission
Jeff Pon: Director of the Office of Personnel Management
Ms. Neomi Rao: head of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs in the Office of Management and Budget
Jessie K. Liu, nominated to be Associate Attorney General of the United States (Liu withdrew)
Jessie K. Liu, U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia
Byung J. “BJay” Pak: U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia
Robert K. Hur, U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland
Bimal Patel: nominated for Assistant Secretary of Treasury
Rita Baranwal: nominated for Assistant Secretary of Energy (Nuclear Energy)
Aditya Bamzai: nominated as member of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board
Tony Pham, acting Director of the Immigrantion and Customs Enforcement (ICE)

Employment discrimination, glass ceilings

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Affirmative Action and Quotas

10/8/20 Wall Street Journal: “Justice Department Sues Yale University Over Admissions Practices;
Lawsuit alleges the school violated federal civil-rights law by discriminating against Asian-American and white applicants”
By Melissa Korn and Sadie Gurman

The Justice Department filed a lawsuit Thursday against Yale University, alleging the school violated federal civil-rights law by discriminating against Asian-American and white applicants in undergraduate admissions.

In the complaint, filed in federal district court in Connecticut, the Justice Department alleged that for the past few decades Yale’s “oversized, standardless, intentional use of race has subjected domestic, non-transfer applicants to Yale College to discrimination on the ground of race.”

Yale said the Justice Department’s claims were “based on inaccurate statistics and unfounded conclusions.”

“Yale does not discriminate against applicants of any race or ethnicity,” President Peter Salovey wrote in an email to students, faculty and staff. “Our admissions practices are completely fair and lawful. Yale’s admissions policies will not change as a result of the filing of this baseless lawsuit. We look forward to defending these policies in court.”

“All persons who apply for admission to colleges and universities should expect and know that they will be judged by their character, talents, and achievements and not the color of their skin,” said Eric Dreiband, assistant attorney general for the Civil Rights Division. “To do otherwise is to permit our institutions to foster stereotypes, bitterness, and division.”

The Justice Department began investigating Yale in 2018, based on a 2016 complaint filed with the Justice and Education Departments by a group of Asian-American organizations, led by the Asian American Coalition for Education.

The federal government threatened the suit back in August, when it issued the findings of a two-year review of Yale’s undergraduate admissions practices. At the time, the Justice Department said Yale discriminated based on race and national origin, and that race was the “determinative factor” in hundreds of admissions decisions each year.

It said then that Yale couldn’t use race or national origin in the current undergraduate admissions cycle. If the school did propose to consider those factors in future admissions cycles, it must first submit a plan “demonstrating that its proposal is narrowly tailored as required by law,” the Justice Department wrote to Yale’s lawyers. The proposal would also need to include a date by which Yale would end its use of race as a factor in admissions, the letter said.

Thursday’s complaint alleges that Yale engages in racial balancing, similar to following quotas. It says the school keeps the annual percentage of African-American admitted applicants to within one percentage point of the previous year’s class, and that it conducts similar balancing for Asian-American applicants.

The complaint said that Yale’s consideration of race perpetuates inappropriate stereotypes for multiple groups.

“Because Yale claims that its race discrimination is necessary to admit sufficient numbers of racially-favored applicants, mostly Black and Hispanic applicants, Yale signals that racially-favored applicants cannot compete against Asian and White applicants,” the lawsuit said. “This kind of race discrimination relies upon and reinforces damaging race-based stereotypes.”

For the great majority of applicants, the Justice Department said, Asian-American and white applicants have one-eighth to one-fourth of the likelihood of admission as African-American applicants with comparable academic credentials.

Yale says it relies on a holistic review of applicants, including academics, leadership experience, their backgrounds and more.

That universities should be allowed to consider an applicant’s race, in a limited fashion, in crafting their undergraduate classes is supported by four decades of Supreme Court precedents. Schools say diverse campuses have educational benefits, such as better preparing students for the global workforce.

4/9/19 Dallas Morning News: “Texas Tech Health Sciences Center agrees to end use of race in admissions process”

9/26/18 Politico: “Trump administration probes complaint that Yale discriminates against Asian-Americans”

8/30/18 Los Angeles Times: “Read the Justice Department statement supporting Asian American students in their suit against Harvard”

8/30/18 ABC News: “Trump administration backs Asian-Americans in Harvard discrimination case”

8/30/18 Wall Street Journal: “Justice Department Says Harvard Hurts Asian Americans’ Admissions Prospects With ‘Personal Rating’; Government calls rating ‘vague and elusory’ in filing in closely-watched affirmative-action lawsuit”
The U.S. Department of Justice says Harvard University puts Asian-American applicants at a disadvantage through the school’s use of a subjective “personal rating” in the admissions process, according to a new court filing in a federal lawsuit challenging the legality of affirmative action.
The statement of interest filed Thursday by the Justice Department supported the claims made by the plaintiffs, who have sued Harvard for allegedly limiting the number of Asian-American students it admits and holding them to a higher standard than students of other races.
In criticizing the personal rating, the Justice Department was referring to one component of Harvard’s undergraduate admissions process that evaluates applicants based, in part, on a subjective assessment of character traits.
Lawyers for the Justice Department said the personal rating reflects racial stereotypes that Asian-American applicants are less “likeable” and hurts their chances of admission despite their higher academic ratings.
“The vague and elusory ‘personal rating’ may be infected with racial bias against Asian Americans,” the Justice Department wrote in the filing.
The government said in the filing that Harvard acknowledged it tends to score Asian-American applicants lower on the personal rating but couldn’t explain why, representing an “intentional and unexplained use of race” in the admissions process. It said the school’s practice defies Supreme Court decisions requiring schools to consider race in a “narrowly tailored” way to achieve diversity.
This summer, the Justice and Education Departments jointly began directing schools to adopt race-neutral admissions standards, reversing Obama-era guidance that encouraged the use of race to promote diversity.
The Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division has also opened its own investigation into the use of race in Harvard’s admissions practices. A Justice Department official said Thursday that the investigation is still ongoing and could result in a separate lawsuit or administrative proceedings.
The government said in its court filing Thursday it has a “substantial interest” in the lawsuit’s outcome because it could affect the Justice Department’s investigation, as well as the interpretation and scope of multiple federal anti-discrimination laws.
Thursday’s filing also echoed the plaintiffs’ other legal arguments, including that Harvard sets racial quotas and has failed to consider race-neutral alternatives.
The Justice Department said Harvard’s “constant monitoring and manipulation” of the racial makeup of its incoming class—at multiple stages of the admissions process—is akin to illegal racial balancing. The Supreme Court has said universities cannot build a freshman class with specified percentage targets for each racial group, but it has allowed universities to consider race as a factor in admissions to obtain the benefits of a diverse student body.

7/8/18 New York Post: “Trump has made colleges truly color-blind at last”

4/7/18 CNN: Trump administration backs Asian-American students in Harvard admissions lawsuit

School Vouchers (Asian Americans can escape public school systems run by teachers’ unions and incompetent liberals)

In July 2020, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced the Department of Education will award at least $85 million over the next five years for disadvantaged students from families with lower incomes in Washington, D.C., to attend private schools of their choice, as part of the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program.

In February 2019, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced a new plan to create “Education Freedom Scholarships.” The program would give a dollar-for-dollar tax credit to people and businesses that donate to scholarship organizations that, in turn, provide private school vouchers to students.

Hate Crimes. Legislation increasing penalties for hate crimes.

3/24/20 BBC: “Trump says coronavirus not Asian Americans’ fault”

3/23/20 CNN: “Trump says spread of coronavirus not the fault of the Asian American community”

3/23/20 “Trump says Asian-Americans were targeted by ‘nasty language’ during coronavirus pandemic”

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.


10/21/19 NBC News: “Trump’s hard-line immigration rule could disproportionately hurt Asian immigrants”

10/4/19 NBC News: “Hundreds nationwide demonstrate against ICE deportations of Cambodian Americans”

9/30/19 Christian Science Monitor: “Asian American groups set to protest Cambodian deportations”

9/28/19: NBC Boston: “Asian American Groups Oppose Cambodian Refugee Deportations”

8/12/19 CBS News: “New Trump administration rule cracks down on welfare benefits use by legal immigrants”

8/9/19 Rafu Shimpo: “Hirono Blasts Trump for Ending Filipino WWII Veteran Parole Program”
Filipino veterans were granted citizenship in recognition of their service to the U.S. during World War II. Many of their children, however, were not. Due to the volume of immigrant visa applications from the Philippines, it can take more than 20 years for families to be reunited.
Under the Filipino World War II Veterans Parole Program (FWVP) program, the adult children of Filipino World War II veterans, along with their spouses and children under age 21, can finally be together in the U.S. while they await an available immigrant visa.
The Trump Administration terminated the FWVP program.

2/11/19 NBC News: “‘I can’t find any peace here’: Raised in the U.S. and deported to Cambodia, refugees struggle to build a new life”

12/17/18 Next Shark: “OC Vietnamese Americans Rally to Fight Against Trump’s Deportation of War Refugees”

12/13/18 Pacific Standard: “Does Trump’s Push to Deport Vietnamese Refugees Undermine the U.S. Corrections System?”

12/12/18 The Atlantic: “Trump Moves to Deport Vietnam War Refugees”

12/11/18 The Cambodia Daily: “Changes in Immigration Rules Ripple Through Asian-American Communities”

The Trump Administration rescinded the unlawful Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) program.

Under President Trump’s leadership, the Department of Homeland Security took action to wind down the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in an orderly fashion, following the assessment of the Department of Justice (DOJ) that DACA lacks legal authorization.  This action gives Congress the opportunity to consider appropriate legislative solutions, as required by our Constitution.

Source: promiseskept.com/achievement/overview/immigration/#

Voting rights and providing ballots in different languages.

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Making English the official language of the U.S.

Has not issued a new executive order overturning President Clinton’s Executive Order 13166 which requires multiple languages, interpretations and translations at all federally-funded agencies and contractors.

Foreign Policy. Like Americans of African, Cuban, Greek, Irish, Italian, Jewish, Mexican, and Polish descent, many APA’s are interested in American foreign policy toward the country of their ancestors.

U.S. policy toward China and Taiwan

5/12/20 Business Insider: “Trump broadly claims Chinese-Americans are ‘VERY angry’ with China, but some Asian-Americans lawmakers say ‘we are very angry at you'”

11/27/19: signed the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act. The first part would require the State Department to certify once a year that Hong Kong is sufficiently autonomous to retain its special U.S. trading consideration — a status that helps its economy. Under that designation, the city is not subject to the tariffs that have been levied on China. The bill also authorizes sanctions on Chinese and Hong Kong officials responsible for human rights abuses in Hong Kong. The second part prohibits export to Hong Kong police of certain nonlethal munitions, including tear gas, pepper spray, rubber bullets, water cannons, stun guns and tasers.

August 2019: The Trump administration approves $8 billion sale of F-16 fighter jets to Taiwan.

The President directed his Administration to consider a range of actions to respond to China’s acts, policies, and practices involving the unfair and harmful acquisition of U.S. technology.

The Trump Administration proposed adding 25 percent additional tariffs on certain products that are supported by China’s unfair industrial policy.

Sectors subject to the proposed tariffs will include aerospace, information communication technology, and machinery.

The U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) confronted China’s discriminatory technology licensing practices through a World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute proceeding.


The Trump Administration launched an investigation under Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974 into Chinese acts, policies, and practices related to technology transfer, intellectual property, and innovation.  This was the first Section 301 investigation since 2013.

The Administration blocked the state backed Chinese phone company Huawei from operating in the U.S.

The U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) confronted China’s discriminatory technology licensing practices through a World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute proceeding.

In February 2018, USTR won a WTO compliance challenge against China’s unfair antidumping and countervailing duties on U.S. poultry exports, and China announced the termination of those duties.

USTR led an extensive investigation based on a thorough analysis of evidence and comments received from academics, think tanks, law firms, trade associations, and American companies and workers.

The investigation concluded that China forces U.S. companies seeking to license technologies to Chinese entities to do so on non-market based terms.

China imposes contractual restrictions on the licensing of intellectual property and foreign technology into their country, but does not put the same restrictions on contracts between two Chinese enterprises.
The investigation concluded that China directs and unfairly facilitates investments and acquisitions to generate large-scale technology transfers from U.S. companies to Chinese entities.
A Chinese government-backed fund helped Apex Technologies Co., a Chinese investment consortium, acquire a U.S. computer-printer maker which had previously sued Apex over patent infringement.
The investigation concluded that China conducts and supports cyber intrusions into U.S. companies to access their sensitive commercial information, such as trade secrets.

In 2014, the U.S charged five Chinese military hackers for cyber-esponiage committed against U.S. corporations and a labor organization for commercial advantage.
An interagency analysis estimated that China’s unfair acts, policies, and practices caused tens of billions in dollars in damages to the United States each year.

In response to China’s rampant trade cheating, the Trump Administration has placed 25 percent tariffs on approximately $250 billion worth of products that are supported by China’s unfair industrial policies

After President Trump’s personal intervention, three student athletes from the University of California, Los Angeles, were released from China.

Sandy Phan-Gill was released from Chinese detention after President Trump and his Administration intervened.

Source: promiseskept.com/achievement/overview/foreign-policy/

U.S. policy toward India

8/17/20 Times of India: “Trump has hit the right chord with India, Indian-Americans”

9/20/19 BBC News: “Modi visit to US: Trump appearance signals importance of India”

U.S. policy toward Japan

9/17/20 The Japan Times: “Trump eager to work with Suga to make U.S.-Japan ties stronger”

10/7/19 Business Insider: “Trump signs trade deal with Japan as tensions escalate with China and the EU”

8/31/18 Wall Street Journal: “Japan to Spend Billions on U.S. Missile-Defense System; President Trump has called for Tokyo to buy more American military equipment to reduce its trade surplus with Washington and its dependency on U.S. protection”

U.S. policy toward Korea

7/16/20 Washington Examiner: “Trump hurts his own cause with South Korea insults”

1/21/20 Voice of America
Trump demands that Seoul drastically increase how much it contributes toward the cost of the U.S. military presence on the peninsula.
For a second consecutive year, negotiators failed to reach an agreement before the military cost-sharing deal expired on December 31, 2019. At one point during this year’s negotiations, the U.S. side stormed out, accusing South Korea of being “unresponsive” to U.S. requests.

U.S. policy toward Vietnam

8/19/20 The Conversation: “Why some Vietnamese Americans support Donald Trump”

10/1/20 Asia Times: “Trump takes trade war aim at Vietnam’s dong”

Missile defense system to protect Japan, Taiwan, or South Korea

8/31/18 Wall Street Journal: “Japan to Spend Billions on U.S. Missile-Defense System; President Trump has called for Tokyo to buy more American military equipment to reduce its trade surplus with Washington and its dependency on U.S. protection”

Indian Americans for Trump

Hindus for Trump

8/21/19 Associated Press: “Trump’s fake accent angers Asian Americans as they veer left”

7/15/19 Huffington Post: “Asian Caucus Hits Back After Trump’s Racist ‘Go Back’ To Other Countries Tweet”

11/30/18 Washington Examiner: “Republicans target Asian-American voters to boost Trump’s 2020 prospects”

8/9/18 Inside HigherEd: “Did Trump Call Most Chinese Students Spies?”

1/12/18 Vox: “Trump reportedly interrupted intel briefing to ask Korean American, “Where are you from?”

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.

2/20/17 USA Today: “16 quit commission for Asian American, Pacific Islanders since Trump’s election”

2/16/17 NBC News: “10 Resign from President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders”

2/1/17 Los Angeles Times: “Asian American politicians accuse Trump of turning the nation into a ‘cauldron of intolerance'”

1/30/17 NBC News: “The Parallel Between Trump’s Immigration Ban and Past U.S. Anti-Asian Policies”

1/27/17 The Huffington Post: “After Trump Deemed China Foreign Enemy, Anti-Asian Hate Crimes In LA Surged: Expert; One group has launched a hate-tracker to fight against the issue”

1/20/17 NBC News: “Inauguration Day Brings Asian-American Trump Supporters, Critics to D.C.”

1/20/17 Resonate: “Who are the four East Asian American Democrats boycotting Trump’s inauguration?”
Judy Chu, Mark Takano, Ted Liu, Grace Meng and over 40 Democrats join Congressman John Lewis’ boycott

Who are the four East Asian American Democrats boycotting Trump’s inauguration?

1/20/17 PR Newswire: “Asian-American Presidential Inaugural Gala 2017 Celebrating President Donald J. Trump’s Victory is Sold Out, Asian American Republican Leaders Request On-Going Involvement”

1/20/17 NBC News: “‘Give Trump a Chance’: Asian-American Supporters Celebrate at Inauguration Gala”

1/19/17 Boston University News Service: “Reporter’s Notebook: An Asian American Immigrant Explains Why She Voted for Trump”

Reporter’s Notebook: An Asian American Immigrant Explains Why She Voted for Trump

1/4/17 press release: “Trump-Pence Asian Pacific American Advisory Committee (APAAC) and the National Committee of Asian American Republicans (Asian.GOP) to Host “Asian Pacific American Presidential Inaugural Gala 2017″BY APAAC

1/1/17 AsAmNews: “Filipino American Husband of Trump Adviser Kellyanne Conway on President-elect’s Shortlist”
Yale Law School graduate George Conway is reportedly being strongly considered for Solicitor General, the third highest position in the Justice Department, reported Bloomberg.
Conway is married to Kellyanne Conway, Trump’s campaign manager who is now one of his senior advisers.

Filipino American Husband of Trump Adviser Kellyanne Conway on President-elect’s Shortlist

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.

With Other Minority Outreach Efforts Struggling, Trump Turns to Asian Americans

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.

Diversity Coalition for Trump Includes Asian Americans

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.

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