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  •  Not small at all (3+ / 0-)
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    I included the demographic breakdowns. Bangladesh is a very populous country, and there are a lot of Bangladeshis in this country—12% of the sample. That's over 1,000 voters.

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    by David Nir on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 04:29:12 PM PST

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    •  Still small enough where the difference between (1+ / 0-)
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      Bangladeshi Americans and black Americans voting Dem is going to be obscured by statistical error. That's what I should have specified. I can't think of a broad demographic slice of the electorate that votes more Dem than blacks, so this was very interesting to see. Especially that Vietnamese Americans are still voting fairly moderately R+ and at nearly half the rate for Obama that other East Asian groups are.

      •  Vietnamese Americans include many S. Vietnamese... (6+ / 0-)

        ... refugees who, like the Cuban Community, are often Republican for anti-communist reasons. Again, like Cubans, there's some evidence this is declining among younger generations and among those who are later immigrants to the country.

        •  Right, but they've never been as concentrated (0+ / 0-)

          in any particular geographic area to totally dominate that area's political representation all the way up to the House of Reps the way Cuban-Americans have. Add to that the fact that we don't have the same restrictions against Vietnam that we do against Cuba or the same hatred against their leader that many American descendants have towards Castro and it makes it seem odder that the Vietnamese haven't yet become a swing constituency to say the least. Maybe I'm missing a demographic variable (maybe such as religiosity?), but I would have imagined that Vietnamese Americans would have swung to at least to the point where they voted narrowly for Obama this year. Perhaps it is just statistical error and the demographic as a whole is voting more Democratic, or the sample size is just too small to illustrate that under 40 Vietnamese Americans are waaay more Democratic than the older generation, rather than just somewhat more Democratic.

          •  All those things could be... (0+ / 0-)

            ... also more than half of Vietnamese Americans are Catholic, since they were disproportionately likely to be southerners and likelier to leave the country once the Communists seized control. (Though of course Hispanic voting patterns and plenty of others illustrate that Catholicism is no bar to a group voting mostly Democratic.)

        •  I read a bit about Vietnamese-Americans. (1+ / 0-)
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          To me it's really strange how the older generation, such as in places like Garden Grove, hates their own country. They protest whenever Vietnamese officials come visit/don't want their children returning to Vietnam/argue against greater economic ties between America and Vietnam/etc. I've never interacted with an immigrant group like that which hates its own country.

          by Inoljt on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 10:06:16 PM PST

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