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Asian American Political Participation: Emerging Constituents and Their Political Identities Paperback – October 31, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0871549624 ISBN-10: 087154962X

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Asian American Political Participation provides a revealing and nuanced analysis of the political attitudes and voting preferences of the rapidly growing, highly diverse, and increasingly influential population of sixteen million Asian Americans. Based on the first-ever large-scale, multilingual national survey, this work is a must read for all who study or participate in American electoral politics, the politics of race and ethnicity, and the political acculturation of immigrants. The team of Janelle Wong, S. Karthick Ramakrishnan, Taeku Lee, and Jane Junn has made an exceptional contribution to public knowledge and research about the growing impact and visibility of Asian American voters, donors, activists, and politicians. --DON T. NAKANISHI, professor and director emeritus, University of California, Los Angeles

In this theoretically nuanced and empirically sophisticated study, these brilliant young political scientists not only decipher the paradoxes of Asian American political engagement, they show why it requires us to redefine our understanding of political participation in America and how to do so. Destined to be a classic. --JOHN MOLLENKOPF, Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Sociology and director, Center for Urban Research, CUNY Graduate Center

Path-breaking in its evidence and in the sophistication of interpretation, Asian American Political Participation is an indispensable study for anyone interested in Asian Americans in American politics. The four authors, all leading specialists, offer rich insights into why Asian Americans are voting as they are. With Asian Americans becoming an increasingly important constituency, this book is useful and most timely. --GORDON H. CHANG, professor of history, Stanford University

About the Author

JANELLE WONG is associate professor of political science and American studies and ethnicity at the University of Southern California and director of the Institute of Public Service at Seattle University. S. KARTHICK RAMAKRISHNAN is associate professor of political science at the University of California, Riverside. TAEKU LEE is professor of political science and law at the University of California, Berkeley. JANE JUNN is professor of political science at the University of Southern California.

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