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  •  Right, but they've never been as concentrated (0+ / 0-)

    in any particular geographic area to totally dominate that area's political representation all the way up to the House of Reps the way Cuban-Americans have. Add to that the fact that we don't have the same restrictions against Vietnam that we do against Cuba or the same hatred against their leader that many American descendants have towards Castro and it makes it seem odder that the Vietnamese haven't yet become a swing constituency to say the least. Maybe I'm missing a demographic variable (maybe such as religiosity?), but I would have imagined that Vietnamese Americans would have swung to at least to the point where they voted narrowly for Obama this year. Perhaps it is just statistical error and the demographic as a whole is voting more Democratic, or the sample size is just too small to illustrate that under 40 Vietnamese Americans are waaay more Democratic than the older generation, rather than just somewhat more Democratic.

    •  All those things could be... (0+ / 0-)

      ... also more than half of Vietnamese Americans are Catholic, since they were disproportionately likely to be southerners and likelier to leave the country once the Communists seized control. (Though of course Hispanic voting patterns and plenty of others illustrate that Catholicism is no bar to a group voting mostly Democratic.)

      •  every Catholic first generation immigrant (0+ / 0-)

        group has been Democratic since the Irish in the 1830s.

        20, CA-18 (home), CA-13 (school)
        Socially libertarian, moderate on foreign policy, immigration, and crime, liberal on everything else.
        UC Berkeley; I think I'm in the conservative half of this city. -.5.38, -3.23

        by jncca on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 08:07:11 PM PST

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