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Republican Candidate Donald Trump Comments on Asian Americans, Drawing Criticism From the Asian American Community

By September 2, 2015 No Comments

By P.C. Staff

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has been “under fire” for his recent comparisons and comments on Asians and Asian Americans. Trump is getting criticized heavily by those who are in support of pro-immigration laws, particularly those in the Asian American community. In his most recent “attack,” Trump “drew a link” between Asians and theft.

Michael Eng, a member of the Los Angeles Community College Board, is among those who is criticizing Trump over his latest “ attacks.” “I think that Trump will do anything to get a headline and making fun of immigrants . . . will do that,” Eng said.

Karin Wang, who works for Asian Americans Advancing Justice, is worried that Trump’s supporters might take in these racial stereotypes of Asian Americans. “. . . it really hurts that our fellow Americans don’t see us (Asian Americans) that way and see us as a foreign threat or just not American enough,” she said.

Asian American leaders are aware that Asian Americans are one of the fastest-growing segments on the electorate. Wang and others state that in a close election involving ballot initiatives, the 10 percent, or 1.8 million, registered Asian American voters can provide the “swing vote.”