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Asian Americans are Deserting the Democrats and Shifting to the Right

Asian Americans are Deserting the Democrats and Shifting to the Right

“This shift is part of a national story. In the past two elections — 2020 and 2022 — Asian Americans have moved toward the right, according to election returns and exit polls.”

Ahead of the 2022 midterms, one of the big stories was the rightward shift of Latino voters. Now that people have had a chance to analyze data from the elections, it appears a very similar shift took place among Asian American voters.

The New York Times looked at data from New York which illustrates this point:

Asian Americans, Shifting Right

The Chinatown area of Sunset Park, Brooklyn, was long a Democratic stronghold. The party’s candidates would often receive more than 70 percent of the vote there. Last year, however, the neighborhood underwent a political transformation.

Lee Zeldin, the Republican nominee for governor, managed to win Sunset Park’s Chinatown, receiving more votes than Gov. Kathy Hochul. This map, by my colleague Jason Kao, shows the change:

Here’s the graphic:

More from the Times:

This shift is part of a national story. In the past two elections — 2020 and 2022 — Asian Americans have moved toward the right, according to election returns and exit polls. Democrats still won Asian voters by a wide margin in last year’s midterms but by less than in the recent past:

In Texas, Gov. Greg Abbott, the Republican incumbent, beat Beto O’Rourke among Asian voters, 52 percent to 46 percent, and Texas House Republicans also did well, according to polls by the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund. In statewide races in Florida and Georgia, the Republican candidates received at least one-third of the vote, substantially more than in previous elections.

The Times has just published a series of maps and charts focusing on New York City neighborhoods where most eligible voters are of Asian descent, including Sunset Park, Flushing and Manhattan’s Chinatown. Jason told me that he had started thinking about this subject after his father, who rarely talks about politics, said that he had voted for Zeldin. Later, Jason saw a post-election map of New York and was shocked to see that some of the Chinatown neighborhoods where he grew up were colored red.

As Aminta Kilawan-Narine, a community activist who was raised in South Richmond Hill, which is home to a large Indian American population, told Jason, “I’ve never seen so many signs for a Republican governor in the areas I grew up in.”

In hindsight, this shift was obvious. Asian-American voters played a key role in a school board recall in San Fancisco in 2022.

In 2021, the Chinese-American Citizens Alliance of Greater New York came out publicly against Critical Race Theory.

A second New York Times article looks at this shift:

Where New York’s Asian Neighborhoods Shifted to the Right

In last year’s governor’s election, voters in Asian neighborhoods across New York City sharply increased their support for Republicans. Though these areas remained blue overall, they shifted to the right by 23 percentage points, compared with 2018, after more than a decade of reliably backing Democrats.

It was the largest electoral shift in Asian neighborhoods in the period from 2006 to 2022, the longest available span of election results by precinct, according to a New York Times analysis.
Gov. Kathy Hochul, a Democrat, won even though almost the entire city moved to the right. Among that wave of red shifts, one set of voters had the largest movement of any racial or ethnic group: residents of Asian neighborhoods. Across boroughs, this pan-Asian constituency spans many ethnicities and ideologies, and this New York Times analysis offers a nuanced look at voting patterns, from satellite Chinatowns in Brooklyn to Little Punjab in Queens.

Some Asian neighborhoods, like Chinese enclaves in Sunset Park and Bensonhurst in Brooklyn, had shifts so big that they flipped to support a Republican candidate for governor for the first time in at least a decade. Others, like Manhattan’s Chinatown and Queens’s Richmond Hill, remained solidly Democratic despite an increase in Republican votes.

Lots of people are talking about this on Twitter:

I would suggest this is happening because Asian Americans are no different than other Americans. They see the Democrat party increasingly under the control of the radical left. They are taking the country in a direction most people see as fundamentally un-American.


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2smartforlibs | March 7, 2023 at 11:06 am

I’m always more interested in why someone voted for the left in the first place. I found it interesting when union thugs would espouse GOP values and say that was what the DNC stood for. It was like watching a truck hit a wall when you would give them a does of reality. Several converted.

Dagwood | March 7, 2023 at 11:15 am


henrybowman | March 7, 2023 at 11:19 am

Too little, too late. For every Asian who takes the red pill, there are five Guatamalans, Haitians, and Venezuelans taking the Obamaphone.

gonzotx | March 7, 2023 at 11:49 am

Blacks attacking Asians helped

oh boy another wave of click bait of the 2024 red wave.

Hope it’s not imaginary this time.

CommoChief | March 7, 2023 at 12:11 pm

The intense focus the d/prog place on tribalism based on race, ethnicity and now ‘gender identity’ will be their undoing. There are a limited number of elected offices and appointed positions for which their coalition members compete. Why do rich, credentialed, progressive white d/prog keep taking these jobs instead of stepping aside for other tribes in the name of equity? s?

CA is a good example of this phenomenon. Is Schiff, a white, Cis (as far as I know) male going to be the d/prog machine choice to replace DiFi? Why not an African American or an Asian or a Hispanic or a member of the ‘indigenous peoples’? Is the d/prog CA machine powers that be really gonna tell those groups that it isn’t their turn yet? When will it be their turn? Does K Harris brief Senate tenure really forestall choosing someone other than a white, Cis, male? I don’t think a 1/2 Punjabi 1/2 Caribbean being selected and briefly serving is going to mollify the Latino or Asian tribes. We’re gonna find out though in ’24.

    Tim1911 in reply to CommoChief. | March 7, 2023 at 2:36 pm

    Chief – groups don’t get a turn, only individuals.

      CommoChief in reply to Tim1911. | March 7, 2023 at 4:45 pm

      For you me sure. We believe in the rights and merits of the individual. That each person should rise or fall based on their merit or lack of merit. We put the individual before tribe.

      Not so for the tribalists. If the individual chosen by the CA d/prog machine to be the next person to hold X office or position isn’t reflective of a tribe who’s members want their turn then they have a problem. There are some tribes in the CA d/prog coalition who have yet to get a turn at all.

Dathurtz | March 7, 2023 at 12:32 pm

Aren’t asians the most likely demographic to believe in white privilege?

The Gentle Grizzly | March 7, 2023 at 1:41 pm

Now, let’s see what the Jews will do.

    dmo in reply to The Gentle Grizzly. | March 7, 2023 at 7:16 pm

    You’re right, I’m wondering how stupid my people will be, but I’m not convinced it will make much difference. At least not until the younger (non-Orthodox) ones get a good taste of campus-life where their POC Allys keep labeling them as “White Oppressors” and beating the crap out of them, every now and again.

    I think there will be a huge shock for “Jew-ish” “American” Democrats at the 2024 DNC, when they find out that they’ve been REPLACED in their own Party, in toto.

jhkrischel | March 7, 2023 at 2:35 pm

Rich white liberal women have made it socially acceptable to be racist against white people on behalf of black people, so long as the people who are actually punished are asians.

Change my mind.

Subotai Bahadur | March 7, 2023 at 6:43 pm

Speaking as an ABC [American Born Chinese] whose father got his citizenship by fighting in WW-II and who was a Republican.

1) Any such shift from Left to Right is in no small part motivated by the facts on the ground that the Democrat Party and their allies are openly at racial war with Asians, in no small part because Asians do a pretty good job of following and achieving what was the American Dream.

2) It is getting harder and harder to differentiate the American Left [Democrats and those farther to the Left] from the collectivist totalitarian regimes many Asians fled to get here.

3) However, making the dubious assumption that we actually have real elections in 2024, you can bet that the ballot count generated will far outweigh actual votes cast for Republicans. With no penalty for such generation.

Subotai Bahadur

BierceAmbrose | March 7, 2023 at 10:59 pm

I’m thinking that stealth-banning Asian students from college admission wasn’t the best way to keep them lined up with The Apparatus.

E Howard Hunt | March 8, 2023 at 9:14 am

Pull the other one. It’s got bells on it. I’ve been reading this same type of story for the last 30 years.

randian | March 10, 2023 at 4:29 am

Why were they ever Democrats in the first place? Did they forget it was a Democrat who ordered Japanese on the West coast into camps during WWII?

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