San Francisco Asian Americans are Frustrated With Democrats: ‘They Forgot the Core Problems for Regular People’
“I’m Asian, my family’s Asian. If I have to worry about just stepping out to run an errand, I think that’s a huge problem and I can’t live in a city like that.”
John Sexton at Hot Air reminded everyone about the two CNN reporters whose car was broken into in San Francisco last week while they made a report on the city’s crime.
On Tuesday, CNN aired the report, concentrating on how Asian Americans view Democrats in the country’s most liberal city. It’s not good:
Allene Jue used to vote in a simple, rapid manner – scan the names on the ballot and pick the Asian sounding names.
That was before 2020.
“Something turned on during the pandemic and lit a fire,” said Jue, a Chinese American mother of two girls, ages 3 and 5, living on the west side of San Francisco. Throughout the pandemic, Jue watched as violent hate crimes against Asian Americans brought fear to the community with not enough response from local law enforcement or prosecutors. As the school closures wore on and on in California, Jue saw her local school board discuss progressive policy issues like renaming schools ahead of focusing on simply returning students to the classroom.
Jue, who generally considers herself a Democrat, recalled her anger at liberal local politicians.
“They care about policies that don’t really help someone who just lives in the city and just want to be safe, who wants their kids to be educated well,” she said. “They forgot the core problems for regular people. I wanted to do something to try to change and take that power back. It was fear and frustration, a lot of frustration, that I turned into action.”
Her involvement began with stuffing envelopes for recall campaigns against the district attorney and several school board members and then grew – she even appeared in Chinese language campaign ads for a moderate Democrat running for city supervisor.
Charles Jung, a civil rights attorney and bay Area advocate, told CNN he witnessed the frustration: “Asian Americans feel like Democrats are focused on the wrong things, that they’ve let ideology run amok. If Democrats don’t redouble their efforts to focus on core Democratic issues, they will lose people of color over time.”
Identity politics is coming to an end. A moderate gay white man unseated the progressive Chinese American supervisor “of the majority-Asian American Sunset District.”
New Supervisor Joel Engardio dislikes using the word progressive to describe san Francisco. To him, progressive means “moving into the future and building a better city.” That is not the direction of San Francisco.
Engardio concentrates on the issues regular people across all political spectrums worry about regularly: safety and schools. He also wants to cut the red tape to allow small businesses to grow in the city.
But minorities think about schools and safety more than whites. It’s a fact, as Jung pointed out (emphasis mine):
“Democrats have a really hard time talking about public education and public safety,” said Cheng. “That’s the common denominator between the Asian and Latino community – we are immigrant communities. We came to America for stability and opportunity. Public safety and public education are the things that give us stability and opportunity. We need education and we need to feel safe.”
Regular people on the left might care about the woke issues touted by Democrats, but those issues are unimportant.
Community advocate Forrest Liu said people aren’t as dense as some politicians might think. They’re not falling for the photo ops and hot air:
Liu spends his day conducting field interviews to try to understand the political shift that took place among San Francisco’s Asian voters, because Liu believes it’s predictive of what will happen in the upcoming national elections. “I want to understand why they made the decisions they made last year and what they want moving forward. And what we should be advocating for,” said Liu.
What he’s learned so far, he said, is the community is far savvier than politicians may think.
“There are some politicians out there who are like, ‘Let me get in a photo with some Asian people. Let me walk through Chinatown, shake hands with a few Asian community leaders and that’s it. I got the Asian vote,’” said Liu. “No. You actually need to be in tune with what this demographic needs.”
Liu said the political discontent that led to Engardio’s victory remains, even as publicity around “Stop Asian Hate” may have faded.
“‘Why should I feel unsafe?’ I would say that’s the summary of the emotion of the people I’m interviewing. They still feel unsafe.”
Jue said, “I’m Asian, my family’s Asian. If I have to worry about just stepping out to run an errand, I think that’s a huge problem and I can’t live in a city like that.”
The Bay Area kept schools closed. Instead of educating children, the school boards prioritized school name changes. The school board had to return a school back to merit-based admissions after outrage.
Who led the charge in the San Francisco school board recall? Asian Americans.
Jue is one of the many who participated in the recall. She’s a working mother, and her kids are about to enter preschool.
Jue also helped recall socialist Soros-backed DA Chesa Boudin. The recall wasn’t even close. Everyone had enough as crime skyrocketed.
Jue is still a registered Democrat but admitted “she struggles” with the party going into 2024. She’s seen people change: “I know of folks that have traditionally voted Democrat that are now voting Republican because they do not feel that the Democratic Party is representing them.”
Asian Americans to Democrats: "we want safe streets, good schools and less progressive ideology." That's the message and 2024 warning from San Francisco. Footnote about our unfortunate experience at the end. @OutFrontCNN story features @JoelEngardio. Producer: @jasonkCNN pic.twitter.com/6Up96sGD5H
— Kyung Lah (@KyungLahCNN) March 23, 2023
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If only The Feckless R’s could deliver the least message:
“We’re willing to suck marginally less than the othe guys if that’s what it takes to get your vote.”
Unffortunately, they’ve been so bought off for cheap as Jr partners for so long, they’re not intereted in winning, let alone governing.
It has always astounded me that Asians, Indians, hispanics, Jews, and even blacks are Democrats.
That must be why they don’t teach history in school much anymore.
They didn’t forget anything. They simply lied to you and expected you not to notice.
Question is what are you going to do about it?
“New Supervisor Joel Engardio dislikes using the word progressive to describe san Francisco.”
Unless you have the balls to come out and say “socialist,” every other term in common use is equally meretricious.
Allene Jue – double funny ironic that she is both a Chinese and a Jue – who gets it..
we know: you are one of those who enjoy spelling Jew as Joo
This all sounds well and good. The problem is that a ‘moderate’ Dimocrat will always pull the D lever, just the same as the raving Marxist loon.
Well, they don’t always. Look at the PUMAs who refused to support Obama in ’08 and the Bernie Bros who voted for Trump (or just stayed home) in 2016. They were well and truly ticked off and just wouldn’t vote the party line. Their choice made zero difference in ’08, but it did make a difference in ’16.
It’s not clear if Trump will again receive their votes in 2024 should he win the GOP nomination.
I think Pres. Trump will have a whole new and enlarged support base after the failed Biden presidency.
Of course, the Baghdad Bobs of the media will work hard to obscure the failures.
Yes, the progressives have ushered in Utopia. How could you not be impressed with how smart and compassionate they are. The Streets of San Francisco never looked so good, .
“Asian Americans feel like Democrats are focused on the wrong things, that they’ve let ideology run amok. If Democrats don’t redouble their efforts to focus on core Democratic issues, they will lose people of color over time.”
See that quote? Charles Jung has made a key mistake in his effort to explain things to his prejudiced co-Democrats. Asian Americans think of themselves as white, as do Hispanic citizens. White Americans agree with them. Apparently resentful black criminals in both New York and San Francisco also agree.
The classic American offer to all peoples has been an offer to participate in the American Dream on the same footing as the first group of people that formed the colonies (who were, historically, white). For the many groups of Americans, including some very black Jamaicans and Indians, this idea is fine.
Why isn’t it fine for some blacks? Why must they reject the notion of being on the same footing as whites?
Maybe we should look to the people that once taught them that ebonics is a legitimate language, so there’s no need to learn english. Also, what about the ones who teach that they shouldn’t have to conform to “white” ideas like saving money, investing, and being on time to work? And the ones that refuse to teach anybody how to calculate the cost of a mortgage?
Because blacks see slavery as a moral claim that trumps competence and good citizenship, according to Glenn Loury and John McWhorter.
You know what they call people who continue to do the same thing and expect a different outcome. So Asian Americans, if you want to show some sanity, change how you vote.
The same sentiments pervade the Latino community here, especially when illegal immigration is taken into account, which is why the doom-sayers don’t understand the rightward trend in Southern Texas, as well as the state in general (minus a few enclaves like Austin and Houston where Californians tend to concentrate). Even as they predict the leftward movement or the electorate and demise of the Republican Party in Texas, the electorate in general moves conservative. If it weren’t for the flood of Californians polluting our state, the trend would be even more obvious. They see what they’ve wrought, and they don’t want any part of it (even as they vote for more it it. Stupid people). Sad part is, as the pseudo-conservative Californians like the ones who pollute this comments section contemplate moving to more “conservative” venues like Arizona or Idaho, they find that their ultra-leftist bretheren are already there, screwing everything up. .
where’s the asian mafia. why haven’t they taken these people to task, local law enforcement don’t seem equipped or motivated to do much about street level crime and justice.
They’re not a “beneficial building society,” there has to be something in it for them. I think if they told you what that would be, you wouldn’t care to pursue the arrangement.
Some of the most loved members of my immediate family are of Korean descent and I constantly warn them to stay away from blacks outside of a professional setting.
San Fran seems to be proving something I heard Bongino say on his podcast. He answers the question about why people aren’t madder at what is going on in this country with “because it isn’t bad enough yet” for the majority of people. This has turned in California and especially in the cities. Now, it is bad enough.
Supposedly educated erudite Asians just now only “thinking” the democrats don’t care?
While the d/prog have always been committed to tribalism at their core they had, until recently at least, managed to either deliver the bread and butter issues at the local level or deliver the pretense of those during a campaign. Today they don’t even pretend to elevate delivery of basic norms; public safety, decent schools, functional surface transportation above their racist ideological commitment to tribalism.
They discovered they were still leaving money on the table. All this time they thought that they needed to deliver those things for votes. They just realized that they don’t need to deliver any of it, PLUS they can poke the average D voter in the eye, and STILL get his vote.
“ – scan the names on the ballot and pick the Asian sounding names.”
Sounds racist to me…
Sorry, I’m not buying it. A bay-area advocate was quoted as saying “If Democrats don’t redouble their efforts to focus on core Democratic issues, they will lose people of color over time.” Let me translate “core Democratic issues” – woke/socialist policies. They just want to get physically assaulted less. It’s naive to expect a significant number of SF Asians to pull an “R” lever. I think the best we can hope for is that they remain in CA and continue to enjoy the fruits of woke/Dem policies and ER waiting rooms.
I wouldn’t bet on these hopelessly indoctrinated folks actually rejecting the root cause of their deteriorating cities, particularly if they, like the woman quoted, always vote racially.
They will instead flock to safer red areas in order to escape the inevitable but unexamined violence and decay of the D-run cities.