Politics was never my business before, but as I have come to recognize the prophetic call upon those who follow Christ is take on the role of activist, I’m beginning to accept that I must engage my faith and my beliefs in the public sphere.
As an Asian American, this is no easy task. I don’t recall politics being a common household subject. The ideals of a getting into a good school, acquiring a profitable career, and securing a family seemed to be a non-political issue. If you mind your business, work extra hard, and save your money – it doesn’t matter who’s President; that’s what was communicated to me growing up. Political fanatics seemed bizarre to me, made me realize how foreign I am. And indeed, it is this same sense of foreignness that is used to discriminate Asian American voters today in this article.
Some quick excerpts:
…on polling day in 2006 there were many examples of “racist and intimidatory” remarks to Asian Americans such as: “‘How come you don’t speak English?’, ‘Why don’t you go back to your home country?’ and ‘You’re turning this country into a dump.”‘
…The group said it registered 200 complaints during monitoring of 172 polling sites and a multilingual survey of over 4,700 Asian American voters in nine states.
…”Asian Americans, even though they are citizens, are still perceived as foreigners. As part of an anti-immigrant sentiment that seems to be on the rise there is hostility and some sense that these people are newcomers and don’t belong,” she said.
In short, my fellow Asian Americans, get out, get informed, and vote.