We know the South Asian diaspora is incredibly diverse in thoughts, opinions, beliefs and identities. We also know the power of using our collective voice. That’s why we want to understand what issues are most important to the people that make up our communities and shed light on the changes we need and expect of those who we ask to represent us.
Brown Girl Magazine is conducting a broad and comprehensive survey of the South Asian diaspora in America. We want to understand and share the range of experiences we live, our opinions on some of the most pressing issues facing our nation and how we hope to make our country better together.
We will use the results of the survey to analyze trends in the South Asian electorate. What do we care about? How do our opinions differ throughout the diaspora? How can candidates move us and where do they already stand on our issues? We will then report back on these questions and more in a report released later this summer.
The 2020 election, up and down the ballot in every state, is vital to the safety of our communities and our right to thrive in our country. It is inaccurate to say it’s the most important election of our lifetimes because we need to recognize that every single election is vital and has ramifications, whether positive or negative, in each of our lives every day.
It is important to note that Asian Americans are the fastest-growing racial group in the American electorate. There are 5.4 million South Asians in the U.S. and in battleground states like Georgia, where Asians make up 4.3 percent of the population and Presidential candidate Joe Biden is leading by 1 percent, within the margin of error, our votes could change the game. Any candidate that wants to represent us, and wants to win, needs to understand and speak to the issues that impact us.
This is how we can tell them what those issues are. Let’s set the stage for a South Asian American agenda.