Here in the US, we’re on the eve of yet another presidential election — and a nonstop dialogue about political persuasions. So of course, I happened to come across a recent article about Chinese-Americans and voting. While it’s mainly about why politicians don’t court their vote nearly enough, one thing caught my attention:
Logically, the two major parties should be fighting for Asian-American votes, since ideologically they identify with the family values and encouragement of individual effort emphasized by Republicans, while at the same time supporting the Democrats’ policy that the government should take care of vulnerable groups. The Asian-American electorate swings both ways.
In the same vein, I found this info on voting trends:
In the 1992 presidential election Republican George H. W. Bush received 55% of the Asian-American vote compared to 31% for Democrat Bill Clinton. Asian Americans voted Republican and were the only racial group more conservative than whites in the 1990s, according to surveys. The Asian American vote has slowly shifted since then with Democrat John Kerry winning 56% of the Asian American vote in the 2004 U.S. Presidential Election and Democrat Barack Obama winning 62% of the Asian American vote in the 2008 U.S. Presidential Election.
Which got me thinking — what are the political leanings of Chinese men and the Western women who love them?
As the first quote said above, I think the strong traditional family values in Chinese culture — and the growth of Christianity/Chinese Christian Churches around the world — go together perfectly with the current Republican party ideals. So does the fact that the Republican party seems to more openly promote trade/business relations with China.
But then you consider the “government should help the vulnerable” stance from the Democrats, which would appeal to Chinese (after all, China still likes to say it has socialism with “Chinese characteristics, and my husband is a big fan of socialist policies). Plus, Chinese men and Western women are such an uncommon pairing, which to me means you have to be a little more unconventional — and less conservative — to leap into that kind of relationship; that sounds more Democratic as well.
Yet, given how Asian Americans are trending more and more Democratic in presidential elections, I imagine the same will hold true for Chinese men and Western women together — giving the Democratic party (and, this year, Barack Obama) a slight edge.
Would the same, then, hold true for my readership? Help me out here and cast your “vote” in this poll. If you could vote in the November 6th election in the US, who would you vote for? (Note — I’m closing the “polls” at 12 midnight GMT/8am Beijing time Thursday November 8.)
Also, I’d love to hear your views on this in the comments — do you agree or disagree with my theory? Do you have alternative or better explanations? Tell us about it.
And for those American citizens out there, don’t forget to get out and vote! 😉