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November 1, 2016

In the 2016 U.S. election, Democrat Hillary Clinton beat Republican Donald Trump 75-to-19 percent among Asian Americans — the widest ever margin in a presidential election. As recently as 1992, Republicans had a decisive advantage with this demographic, but over the past two decades that situation has rapidly shifted. In Asia Blog, experts explain the “push” and “pull” factors moving Asian Americans from red to blue, and why that trend isn’t guaranteed to continue.
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In recently unearthed comments, Trump’s new chief strategist Steve Bannon suggested that foreign students in the United States should return home after graduation since there are already too many Asian CEOs in Silicon Valley. But in fact, Asians in the region are proportionally underrepresented in corporate leadership. Furthermore, studies show that allowing more foreign graduates to stay in the U.S. and getting more of them in executive positions is economically beneficial to companies and the broader economy.
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Asia Society Korea recently asked Korean students studying around the world what they’d like to see from the U.S. government following the 2016 presidential election. In this video, they express their wishes for the incoming president.
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