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.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Politico covers disgruntled Asian American voters

Or at least Ben Smith does. It's about what Alvina wrote in the comments - apparently Asian Americans weren't invited to the official Democratic debate, so we get a "kiss and make up" rally with Congressman Honda and Senator Harry Reid. I love both of them, but this is kind of a major mistake/ oversight by Nevada Democrats. 150,000 people is kind of a big deal when you only expect 20-100,000 people to show up to caucus.

Here's some local coverage.

"They forgot about almost 150,000 Asian people in this town," said Mike Vaswani, president of the Las Vegas Asian American Group, an umbrella group for Asian associations. "The Asian community is also a significant minority community."

The debate is being put on by the Nevada Democratic Party and MSNBC, cosponsored by the 100 Black Men of America, the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the IMPACTO political action arm of the Las Vegas Latin Chamber of Commerce, the Nevada African American Democratic Leadership Council and the College of Southern Nevada.

Vaswani said he respected all those groups, but that too often, in conversations about minorities, Asians are left out.

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