Asian American Landslide in 2012

Okay, the election is over and we can all take a breath. Asian American voters were incredibly powerful this election! Here’s a quick roundup of news, views and stats on AAPIs at the ballot box:

Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) on MSNBC on the power, and complexity, of the Asian American vote.

-Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) on swing state power and challenges at the polls. 

18 Million Rising, a campaign partner of AAPI Food Action, has a pile of blog posts and information on AAPI voters leading up to and following the election.

-Asian Pacific Environmental Network published the first-ever AAPI voter guide for California. Wish we had one for the rest of the country, but it’s a great start, especially for the super-confusing statewide propositions in that state. Many of the guide’s recommendations won.

I’m annoyed that the New York Times still fails to distinguish between Asian and Asian American, but what can you do. Everyone’s votes made a huge difference, so let’s go fix this Farm Bill now!

“Asian-American Vote Key for Both Parties”

Politico has recently echoed what we already know: our vote counts. In crucial swing states like Virginia, Florida and Nevada, AAPI populations are soaring — and voting. Of course, others have said the same recently: Pew, APIA Vote, PBS NewsHour. But it’s great to see this story repeated. Do you live in a state with a rapidly growing AAPI population? What is your sense of election excitement around you?

Don Bustos on the Farm Bill

Don Bustos, organic farmer and proprietor of Santa Cruz Farm in New Mexico, wrote this succinct editorial on why the Farm Bill matters to him. Any AAPI groups in New Mexico working on the Farm Bill?

Don’t Got Milk?

Mark Bittman’s recent column in the New York Times, “Got Milk? You Don’t Need It,” mentions the fact that 90 percent of Asian Americans are lactose-intolerant and wonders whether the USDA’s recommendation of three cups of milk a day for every American man, woman and child is an up-to-date requirement. What do you think? How has this recommendation affected you?