Just Where Is the Asian American Woman’s Vote?

Their participation could make a difference, but their eligibility and rights have had a challenging start

Asian Americans vote on Election Day at a Denny’s Restaurant in Temple City, Los Angeles County, on November 6, 2012 in California. Photo: FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images

As a result of discriminatory laws like the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, Asians were unable to naturalize and ineligible to vote in the United States until 1952. During this time, the first Asian Americans were elected to office; they in turn opened doors for immigration reform nationwide.

Political parties need to do more to invite Asian American women to the table.

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