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“Beyond Pan-Ethnicity: Responsiveness of Elected Officials to Asian American Subgroups” by Yat To Yeung
February 3, 2021 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm JST
Authors: Yat To Yeung (George Washington)
Abstract: Asian American is one of the major racial/ethnic groups in the United States and it is expected to become the largest immigrant group in around thirty years. However, studies on the representation of Asian Americans are extremely limited. Also, although Asian Americans are frequently victim of racism and discrimination, there has yet to be a comprehensive study that inquire the interaction between Asian constituents and the elected officials. Studies also commonly view Asian Americans as a single, homogenous group and omitted the heterogeneity within this unique population. I argue that to better understand any racial/ethnic groups, we have to look into the ethnic subgroups and treat them as separate populations. In this article, I will conduct an audit experiment and send emails to the elected officials by manipulating names that represent different Asian ethnic subgroups in order to demonstrate how not every Asian ethnic subgroup faces the same extent of discrimination. This study sheds light on the heterogeneity of racial/ethnic groups that have routinely been overlooked.