Power and Politics - I am Not the Yellow Peril

The life and times of an Asian American activist who tells all the truth (and dishes news and analysis) but with a leftwards slant.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Asian American youth politically engaged

The second most civically minded, after African American youth, according to a new study by the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement. Also, Asian American and African American youth are tied for the group most likely to donate or volunteer for a social organization.

"According to the study, African American young people are “most likely to vote regularly, belong to groups involved with politics, donate money to candidates or parties, display buttons or signs, canvass and contact the broadcast media or print media.”

The study also said Black people between the ages of 15-25 were most likely to raise money for a charity, tying with Asian Americans."

Pretty cool, no?
Asian American youth came right behind African Americans and like African Americans are more likely to volunteer, sign petitions, raise money and persuade others about elections.

In direct comparison to young Whites, the study said “Whites are the most likely to run, walk or ride a bike for charity and to be active members of a group. They are least likely to protest, donate money to a party or candidate or persuade others about an election.”

The study showed that Latino youth had the highest levels of disengagement and were the least likely to volunteer, contact officials or boycott. But 25 percent of young Latinos have protested “more than double the rate for any other racial/ethnic group.”
However, the findings were not wholly rosy as about half the kids couldn't identify Republicans as the more conservative party!!!

What it does indicate though is that Asian American youth are engaged and receptive to organizing efforts including voter education and outreach.


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