November 23, 2012 |
As the dust settles on the presidential election, there seems to be a new theory daily as to why Mitt Romney lost and what it signals for the future of the Republican Party. Common to nearly all the speculation are the partisan implications of demographic change. The United States is shifting gradually toward a majority-minority electorate, with ever-growing numbers of Latino and Asian American voters. Notably, these groups are increasingly voting as Democrats. According to exit polls from Nov. 6, 73% of Asian Americans and 71% of Latinos voted for President Obama.
November 20, 2012 |
Some staggering new figures about Asian American consumers are out this month: Their buying power is up 523% since 1990, reaching $718.4 billion this year. If the demographic were a nation, it'd be the 18th-largest economy in the world. Within five years, Asian American buying power will surge over $1 trillion, according to a report this month from Nielsen. At the moment, 28% of households in the group have annual incomes greater than $100,000, compared with 18% of all Americans.
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November 19, 2012 |
In the days after the election, inner-city schoolteacher Mark Takano flew to Washington, picked up his laptop, office key, voting ID and posed for photos with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi - all part of the orientation drill for an incoming member of the 113th Congress. Going from a bipartisan reception to touring the marbled halls of the Capitol, a thought swirled through Takano's head. "The thrill of being elected to higher office comes with a responsibility to represent the least of us," he said.
November 13, 2012 |
There are many ways to illustrate the descent of the California Republican Party into oblivion. A starting point is the demographic breakdown of the members of Congress elected last week in the state. Assuming the leaders in the few remaining close races hold their leads, there will be 38 Democrats and 15 Republicans representing California in Congress come January. Of those 38 Democrats, 18 are women, nine are Latinos, five are Asian Americans, three are African Americans, four are Jews and at least one is gay. Just 12 are white men. Of the 15 Republicans, on the other hand, all are white men - not a woman, let alone a member of a racial minority or a Jew, among them.
November 8, 2012 |
Much has been made of the Latino vote and its crucial role in boosting President Obama to victory, but it was Asian Americans who made the most dramatic shift in support for the president Tuesday. Exit polls show that 73% of Asian Americans backed Obama, an 11-point increase since 2008. Asian Americans came out in such force for Obama that they topped Latinos as his second-most supportive ethnic group, behind African Americans. Latinos, who made up 10% of the electorate, went 67% for Obama, 5 points higher than in 2008.
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October 23, 2012 |
Michael Wahl is aware that he has a choice - President Obama or Mitt Romney. "It's either this guy or that guy," the Cal Poly Pomona sophomore says. But he didn't know about the candidates lower on the ballot, or the measures that could shape California's future - until volunteers came to his ethnic studies class one evening with a video aimed at convincing Asian Americans to turn out on election day. Wahl, who is half-Chinese, is among the thousands of prospective voters targeted in what is probably the most aggressive push yet to unlock the Asian vote in Southern California.
October 8, 2012 |
Leaders from some of the largest theater companies in Southern California are scheduled to take part in a forum this month to discuss the issue of racial diversity and the inclusion (or lack thereof) of Asian Americans in stage productions. The forum is to be held at the David Henry Hwang Theater in downtown L.A. on Oct. 22 at 2 p.m. The forum, which is invitation-only, is to include participation by Michael Ritchie, the artistic director of Center Theatre Group; Christopher Ashley, artistic director of the La Jolla Playhouse; Sheldon Epps, artistic director of the Pasadena Playhouse; and Marc Masterson, artistic director of South Coast Repertory.
September 3, 2012 |
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - They may be the fastest-growing and best-educated racial group, boasting the highest average income in the country, but when it comes to politics, Asian Americans have historically spent little time in the political spotlight of either the Democrats or Republicans . But on Monday, a group of leaders at the Asian American and Pacific Islander caucus meeting at the Democratic National Convention said they see signs of...
August 28, 2012 |
Norm Chow knows his way around the Coliseum. Part of it, anyway. As USC's offensive coordinator from 2001 to 2004, he called plays from a booth in the press box, directing some of the most prolific offenses in Trojans history, helping USC win two national titles and tutoring Heisman Trophy winners Carson Palmer and Matt Leinart. As an assistant at UCLA and Utah, he schemed against the Trojans from a similar perch high above the field. On Saturday, Chow will be on the visiting sideline, directing his staff and players in his first game as Hawaii's head coach.
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August 27, 2012 |
Plumes of smoke from roasting lamb skewers curl into the night air. Crowds jostle past fermented tofu stands and vats of curry fish balls. "Xia bing'er! Xia bing'er!" one vendor sings in the high, lilting dialect of Beijing. "Shrimp pancakes!" David Fung, a new Houston Rockets hat on his head, slides through the Asian night market in Pasadena with his brother, Andrew. "Dude, this is like the 626 Olympics," he says, weaving to the beat of Rihanna and YG. PHOTOS: 626 Night Market The two are swept up in the moment and start belting out a version of their viral YouTube rap about the 626 - the area code of much of the San Gabriel Valley.