New Directions in the Study of Asian American Politics, Part II: Political Behavior

New Directions in the Study of Asian American Politics, Part II: Political Behavior

By Nathan Chan, University of California, Irvine, Chinbo Chong, Indiana University and Tanika Raychaudhuri, Princeton University

In a continuation of the previous symposium contribution, this article discusses three emergent projects in the study of Asian American political behavior. These are works in progress that were presented during the twentieth-anniversary celebration of the Asian Pacific American Caucus at the 2019 Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association. Although our work covers a range of topics, several common themes emerge. Using original survey experiments, Chinbo Chong examines the effectiveness of identity appeals on Asian Americans’ candidate preferences. Contrary to existing studies, Chong finds that panethnic-identity appeals do not unilaterally influence Asian American candidate choice. National-origin appeals influence foreign-born individuals and panethnic appeals influence US-born individuals. Tanika Raychaudhuri explores whether Asian Americans develop Democratic partisan views through social transmission from peers in local contexts rather than through the family. Using data from a longitudinal survey of college students, Raychaudhuri finds that interacting with peers of different races has liberalizing effects on Asian Americans’ political views. Nathan Chan uses national survey data to explore Asian American political participation online, finding that their activism on the internet is an important mode of involvement, worthy of further investigation.