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    are in places such as California, New York, New Jersey, Hawaii, Washington... the entire ecosystem most of us grow up in is quite socially liberal, and quite different from the culture of "Red America." And I think most Asians sense the feeling is mutual. The movie "Red Dawn", which features a future horde of North Koreans invading America and spawned a bunch of racist anti-Asian tweets? Apparently the only places where it did well were Louisiana and Texas near military bases.

    Most Asians aren't too religious, or if they are, it's something like Hinduism which isn't embraced by the GOP. Outside of Western Europe, East Asia is probably the world's least religious region.

    Back in 1992, George H.W. Bush won 55 percent of the Asian vote. I think a lot of this is generational. The older generation, particularly but not only the Vietnamese, Taiwanese, South Koreans, was like the Miami Cubans. They went to the U.S. because they were on the far right wing spectrum of their own countries, and when they got here, they stayed the same. This goes all the way back to Henry Luce and his relationship with Chiang Kai Shek and his wife in 1930's. For a long time, to be right-wing to be pro-Asia. Even in the Carter administration, you saw the right-wing Zbigniew Brzezinski wanting to go faster with normalization of relations with China, whereas the left-wing Cyrus Vance preferred strengthening detente with the Soviet Union. All of this changed after the Cold War ended.

    You still see old style conservative Asians, they can spout the conspiracy theories about how the Democratic party is full of socialists, Obama killed Gadhafi 'cause the latter had proof he was a Muslim, that the End of Times will come when X, Y, Z that was spelled out in Revelations occurs (from a Korean evangelical) as good as anyone. But they're a shrinking proportion of the Asian vote. Younger Asians grow up in the same environment as young people of other races in their communities, which tend to be urban areas in blue states. As they assimilate, they vote on domestic issues more and foreign policy less. So they move towards the Dems.

    I would be really interested to see how Asian Americans in Nebraska and Texas voted, I suspect Romney did better among Asians in those places. But alas.

    "It is, it seems, politically impossible to organize expenditure on the scale necessary to prove my case -- except in war conditions."--JM Keynes, 1940

    by randomfacts on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 04:39:40 PM PST

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