The National Asian American Survey, conducted by Ramakrishnan and Lee, shows that only 45% of Asian Americans are likely to vote. 32% of likely Asian American voters are undecided about which presidential candidate they will vote for in November. 43% of Asian Americans who are likely to vote favor Obama, and 24% favor Romney. Interestingly, likely Indian American voters show more support for Obama (68%), while likely Filipino American voters show more support for Romney (38%).
51% of Asian Americans overall are Independent, whereas 33% are Democrats, and 14% are Republican. Hmong, Indian, and Korean Americans are more likely to be Democrats, while Filipino Americans are most likely to be Republicans.
The issues most important to Asian Americans include the economy & jobs, followed by health care and education. Women’s rights and health care are the issues which gain Obama more support, while the budget deficit gives Romney more support.
With the poll numbers being so close, Asian Americans can really make a difference this November with their vote. Be sure to encourage your friends to register to vote now and cast their vote on Tuesday, November 6!
I recently watched "Mao's Last Dancer," a 2009 film by Bruce Beresford, based on the autobiography of ballet dancer Li Cunxin.
This is a story about a Chinese boy who grew up in a family of 7 boys in rural Communist China. Li's family was poor, but his parents were loving. In his classroom one day, officials came to select students for Madame Mao's Beijing Dance Academy. Li was overlooked until his teacher pointed him out. He was then examined for flexibility and tumbling ability, and finally assigned to become a ballet dancer.
Li was sent away from his family and subjected to intense training for years, yet he didn't even like ballet. Li wanted to go home, until one of his ballet teachers sent him a video of Barishnakov's dancing, which opened up a whole new world to Li.
Li grew to become passionate about ballet and was subsequently noticed by Ben Stevenson of the Houston Ballet, who was visiting in China. Li was given the opportunity to travel to Houston as an exchange student for 3 months. There, he met a beautiful American girl named Elizabeth Mackey, and Li decided that he didn't want to return to Communist China. This became problematic, and Li was detained at the Chinese consulate. You'll have to watch it to see what happens next!
What an amazing story of a remarkable man--I really enjoyed this movie.
Has anyone been watching The Newsroom on HBO? It's a new show from Aaron Sorkin, creator of The West Wing, about the goings-on behind the scenes at a cable news program. In this week's episode, Season 1-Episode 6: Bullies, Sloan Sabbith (played by Olivia Munn) was interviewing a Japanese company spokesman, when she suddenly broke out into Japanese herself on the air when she was frustrated with the mis-translation of the appointed Japanese translator. I got a kick out of it.
I didn't even realize that the actor was half-Asian until she started speaking Japanese. Turns out, Olivia Munn is half-Chinese and half-German/Irish, but was raised in Tokyo, so she's fluent in Japanese. I liked how the writers incorporated the actor's language skills into her character for the storyline. Great show!
Since the time my older one was 3, we have tried many ways to teach our kids Mandarin. It hasn't been easy, since my family speaks Taiwanese & English at home, and I only learned a little bit of Mandarin in Chinese school as a kid. The kids have taken classes at Language Stars, Mao Bi (now closed), and at home with a private tutor. We also enrolled them in a 1-week Chinese Folk Arts Camp last summer, and we've tried countless videos, books, flash cards--you name it.