Are Asian Americans a Meaningful Political Community?

Are Asian Americans a Meaningful Political Community?

By Pei-te Lien, University of California, Santa Barbara, Loan Le, Institute for Good Government and Inclusion and San Francisco State University, Okiyoshi Takeda, Aoyama Gakuin University, Sara Sadhwani, Pomona College and Andrew L. Aoki, Augsburg University

This dialogue draws on the roundtable discussion about the question of whether Asian Americans constitute a meaningful political community. By some measures, Asian Americans comprise the most diverse of all US ethno-racial groups, with a majority born outside of the United States and a wide range of native languages represented, in addition to the substantial socioeconomic and religious diversity in the population. The participants consider possible bases of a coherent political identity but find that this inevitably is a work in progress.