Presentation Title

The Silent Voting Bloc: Asian American MilleniGen Political Engagement

Faculty Mentor

Dr. Mary Yu Danico

Start Date

23-11-2019 10:30 AM

End Date

23-11-2019 10:45 AM

Location

Markstein 101

Session

oral 2

Type of Presentation

Oral Talk

Subject Area

behavioral_social_sciences

Abstract

Asian Americans are the fastest growing immigrant group in the United States, constituting a substantial voting bloc (Go, 2018; Ong, Ong, & Ong, 2016; Ramakrishnan & Ahmad, 2014; Wong & Fink, 2013). Data analysis demonstrated that Asian Americans reported the lowest likelihood of voting in the upcoming 2020 election by a large margin. They were also the group that reported most commonly that their political engagement has remained stagnant over the past year (Generation Study, 2017). The Generation Study (2017), promotes and increases understanding of the multiple layers that construct the Millennial and iGen narrative, a group we refer to as MilleniGens. Data was collected from 937 respondents and features 184 questions on a variety of questions concerning social, political, and cultural issues. The present study sheds light on key issues that lead to lower voter engagement within the Asian American community, as well as issues that may lead to their mobilization. Our data indicated that Asian American MilleniGen respondents feel strongly towards the economy, in addition to garnering support towards social issues such as refugee and undocumented communities (Generation Study, 2017). Ultimately, despite low Asian American voter turnout for the 2016 presidential election, this study predicts voting participation for Asian American MilleniGens in Southern California will nearly double for the upcoming 2020 presidential election.

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Nov 23rd, 10:30 AM Nov 23rd, 10:45 AM

The Silent Voting Bloc: Asian American MilleniGen Political Engagement

Markstein 101

Asian Americans are the fastest growing immigrant group in the United States, constituting a substantial voting bloc (Go, 2018; Ong, Ong, & Ong, 2016; Ramakrishnan & Ahmad, 2014; Wong & Fink, 2013). Data analysis demonstrated that Asian Americans reported the lowest likelihood of voting in the upcoming 2020 election by a large margin. They were also the group that reported most commonly that their political engagement has remained stagnant over the past year (Generation Study, 2017). The Generation Study (2017), promotes and increases understanding of the multiple layers that construct the Millennial and iGen narrative, a group we refer to as MilleniGens. Data was collected from 937 respondents and features 184 questions on a variety of questions concerning social, political, and cultural issues. The present study sheds light on key issues that lead to lower voter engagement within the Asian American community, as well as issues that may lead to their mobilization. Our data indicated that Asian American MilleniGen respondents feel strongly towards the economy, in addition to garnering support towards social issues such as refugee and undocumented communities (Generation Study, 2017). Ultimately, despite low Asian American voter turnout for the 2016 presidential election, this study predicts voting participation for Asian American MilleniGens in Southern California will nearly double for the upcoming 2020 presidential election.