Asian Americans

Asian Americans are a distinctive group of Americans made up of immigrants and their descendants from a dozen culturally unique countries in Asia and the Indian subcontinent. Chinese, Filipino, Indian, Vietnamese, Korean, and Japanese immigrants represent 85 percent of the Asian population in the United States. More than half of all Asian immigrants in the U.S. live in five states: California, New York, Texas, New Jersey, and Hawaii. Asian Americans have the highest income, are the best-educated, and fastest growing racial group in the U.S. Even so, approximately 1.5 million of the 11.5 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S. are of Asian descent. 

While Trump was not the only Republican presidential candidate to make disparaging remarks about Asian Americans during the 2016 campaign (Jeb Bush accused Asian immigrants of having "anchor babies" as a ploy for citizenship), they were not spared in his populist message, nor his disparaging comments. (Pew Research Center)

This page will track Trump’s statements and actions as they impact Asian Americans.

Timeline

Analysis

Asian-American voters are the fastest-growing segment of the United States electorate, according to an advocacy organization called Asian Americans Advancing Justice. If Trump continues to hold offensive positions that suggest people of Asian background aren't real Americans, he could be vulnerable in a re-election campaign. 

Assessments

  • 2016.10.01 "Donald Trump is Seen as Helping Push Asian-Americans Into Democratic Arms" (New York Times)
    "...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." 

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