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Chinese Voters in New York Tack Right, Posing a Challenge for Both Parties

By Rong Xiaoqing

"Chinese parents formed their own rights organizations and political clubs, held voter registration events, and endorsed and campaigned for candidates they deemed to represent Asian values. In the mayoral election in 2021, the Republican candidate Curtis Sliwa, although losing by 40 percentage points citywide, won in many Asian districts by large margins. Those gains were repeated a year later in the gubernatorial election. In Chang’s district, Both Sliwa and Zeldin won more than 60% of the vote.

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People from both sides of the political aisle seem to agree with that sentiment. Yiatin Chu, a pro-SHSAT parent turned-activist who co-founded the political club Asian Wave Alliance, has supported many Republican candidates. Now, she works part time in the office of Republican assemblyman Chang’ but remains a registered Democrat. She said the views of the Chinese community haven’t changed, whether it is about meritocracy or public safety, but Chinese voters are more aware of candidates’ positions on issues and have a better understanding of how to use their ballots to get the policies they want. “I don’t think it’s us moving. It’s the other way around,” Chu said.

That may mean harder work for politicians, during campaign season and beyond. “Will Chinese voters go right or left from here? It depends on how the two parties will try to win us over,” said Fei, the blogger."



選出首位共和黨州議員 華人選民真的「向右轉」了嗎?

"這種說法不同政治立場的人似乎都很認同。政治俱樂部亞潮盟創辦人朱雅婷就是其中之一,亞潮盟曾支持過不少共和黨參選人,朱雅婷目前在鄭永佳的辦公室任職,但她同時仍然是民主黨籍。朱雅婷說,其實華人社區的觀點一直以來並未改變,無論是關於優勝劣汰的原則還是公共安全,但華人選民現在對候選人在議題上的立場有了更深入的了解,也更懂得如何利用手中的選票去爭取自己的利益。「我不認為是我們變了,是風動不是幡動。」

對於政治人物來說,這或許意味著更大的挑戰,無論是在競選時,還是當選以後。「華人選民今後是會向右還是向左?這取決於兩黨如何來爭取我們的選票。」凌飛說。"


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