“Partisanship is not yet ingrained,” said Yiatin Chu, the president of the Asian Wave Alliance, a local advocacy group. “The issues that the candidates are speaking to are issues that are front and center for people’s daily lives and why they’ve immigrated to this country, what they’re looking for.”
“I don’t know that the Asian contribution to the past two races was necessarily because they wanted to vote Republican,” Chu said. “It was because the Republicans did a very good job in doing the outreach into this kind of new-ish voting base.”
A mix of second- and third-generation Asians in Bensonhurst and brand new immigrants in Sunset Park, it’s an “issues-focused community,” Chu said."