'A Political Awakening': South Asians Play Growing Role in U.S. Elections
'A Political Awakening': South Asians Play Growing Role in U.S. Elections

From ‘Hindus for Trump’ to the Kamala Harris effect, the fast-growing group could tilt the election in key states.

Volunteers for Long Island south Asian congressional candidate Shaniyat Chowdhury hand out gyros outside the legally mandated distance from a polling site in June. Photograph: Raihan Faroqui

Volunteers for Long Island south Asian congressional candidate Shaniyat Chowdhury hand out gyros outside the legally mandated distance from a polling site in June. Photograph: Raihan Faroqui

This article was published in collaboration with The Guardian.

Around 2016, Aamina Ahmed found herself wondering why, for all the talk about getting out to vote, no one had been canvassing in her neighborhood in Canton, Michigan.

Canton is a township between Detroit and Ann Arbor with a growing South Asian population. Ahmed, who is Pakistani American and works and volunteers for several civic engagement organizations, started to speak up about the absence of activity at local candidate forums. Intrigued, a worker at a voter outreach organization went back to their colleagues to inquire if they had visited these neighborhoods. It turned out that the field workers had skipped visiting voters with names they felt they couldn’t pronounce.

“They were viewing it as, ‘Well, we don’t want to offend the person by mispronouncing their name versus you are actually excluding them from the opportunity to participate in democracy,” Ahmed said.

Such is the kind of story that turns up when probing why South Asian Americans, who

The Weekly

It’s like your other email briefings. But browner. Join thousands and get the best newsletter that curates the global news on South Asia(ns) every Sunday. We also send updates on events, giveaways, our original reporting, and more. Unsubscribe anytime.

Categories

Business & TechCultureEditor's PicksOpinionPoliticsSports
© 2020 THE JUGGERNAUT. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
Privacy PolicyTerms of Use