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« on: December 12, 2018, 06:15:52 pm »

*Outside the racial dog-whistles of GOP leaders*. Explain.
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« Reply #1 on: December 12, 2018, 07:26:15 pm »

1- Most Japanese Americans live in overwhelmingly Democratic areas to begin with, and are not as culturally isolated as some political "islands" such as Native Americans in South Dakota or Orthodox Jews in Brooklyn.

2- Japanese Americans work disproportionately less in the industries Republicans fawn over (agriculture, mining, etc.) and disproportionately more in industries Democrats fawn over

3- Interestingly enough, the huge gap really started between 2004 and 2008, going from Kerry +4 to Obama +46. So perhaps there's some lingering mistrust following the Bush years.

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« Reply #2 on: December 12, 2018, 08:13:15 pm »

The more conservative old guard of JA leadership was mostly replaced by a cohort of assimilated progressives in the 2000s.  Also consider that we mostly live in West Coast suburbs and Hawaii, the former of which has trended strongly to the Democrats. 
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« Reply #3 on: December 17, 2018, 02:28:01 am »

Think about which major political party currently actively promotes policies favorable to minority demographic groups such as this one.
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« Reply #4 on: December 17, 2018, 09:02:15 am »

Think about which major political party currently actively promotes policies favorable to minority demographic groups such as this one.

Like affirmative action!  Oh wait...
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« Reply #5 on: December 17, 2018, 07:46:17 pm »

Think about which major political party currently actively promotes policies favorable to minority demographic groups such as this one.

Like affirmative action!  Oh wait...

Not a significant wedge issue for 3rd gen+ Asian Americans or in Hawai’i
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« Reply #6 on: January 20, 2019, 10:24:26 pm »

They're not. Voter turnout for Asians is very low in general. Many of them choose not to get involved.

Those are more recent immigrant groups. That isn't really the case for Japanese Americans, the vast majority of whom are second or third generation.
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« Reply #7 on: January 20, 2019, 10:50:54 pm »

Japanese-Americans are well integrated into diverse communities, especially on the West Coast, so they're pretty used to cosmopolitanism.  This makes them quite progressive not just economically, but on gay rights and other social issues.  

Asian Americans are becoming more and more Democratic very fast.  While many older Asians are socially conservative in some ways, living as non-whites in diverse communities especially makes the younger generation accepting of differences.  Adding to that the fact that Asians value education and are concentrated in such liberal states as California and Hawaii mean that Republican prospects of performing well among Asians appear bleak.

Going back specifically to Japanese-Americans, they have been in the US longer than almost all other Asian subgroups.  They're also pretty secular, which may be a reason why they're more liberal than, say, Korean-Americans--many of whom are evangelical.
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« Reply #8 on: January 21, 2019, 03:52:36 am »

Why are there so many threads asking why non whites don't vote for a white nationalist party? The answer would seem self evident
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