The Broader Scholarly Context of Asian American Politics

The Broader Scholarly Context of Asian American Politics

By Loan Le, Institute for Good Government and Inclusion & San Francisco State University and Sara Sadhwani, Pomona College

Research on and teaching of Asian American politics help us to interpret the political frames that contribute to racialization and the democratic exclusion of nonwhite populations in the contemporary United States. By studying Asian American politics, we have the opportunity to better understand who is excluded—and by whom—in open rhetoric and how this affects the political incorporation of immigrants and racial minorities. We also gain insights into broader dynamics in the landscape of race relations, with an emphasis on how nativist and racist political frames are used to marginalize members of both Asian American and Black American communities.