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City Democrats can’t take Asian voters for granted

"That whole education fight forced us to pay attention to politics," said Yiatin Chu, a community activist and president of the Asian Wave Alliance, a new political club for Asian American voters. "Most people didn't know what the City Council was, what the state Assembly and Senate were; they learned about the [state] law governing specialized high schools, Hecht-Calandra. Understanding which part of the government has authority over these specific things was new to me and new to Asian New Yorkers."


Chu, the Asian Wave president, said she and many of her friends decided not to vote for Hochul as early as 2021, when the governor signed a historic "disaggregation" bill, which directs state agencies to break down data for the demographic known as Asian American Pacific Islander into individual ethnic groups."

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