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Survey: 2020’s Important Issues for the South Asian American Diaspora

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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. 

We need all our voices, so fill out the survey here.

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.

1 Comment

  • Raja Michael
    Raja Michael
    Hi, I just filled out the survey of 2020's important issues. There are some issues that are really important to me as a South Asian that were not mentioned in the survey. 1-It's important to me that democrats and republicans don't collude with RSS sponsored Indian American candidates. I'm voting for Joe Biden only to vote against Trump. However, some of his affiliations concern me. Trump is friends with Modi so he's worst but Biden isn't standing up to this either. Another issue that concerns me as a South Asian American is caste protections in the US. It's important to me that the US recognizes caste based oppression in the US as highlighted in the Cisco case and passes laws against discrimination against Dalits and other caste oppressed groups in the US. The third is US foreign policy in regards to India. It's important to me that US presidents/gov't don't overlook human rights violations in India due to their neo-liberal interests there. India has a caste apartheid, severe safety concerns for women and lgbtqia Indians, is on the brink of a Muslim Genocide, and has a fascist government in place. The world needs to pressure it to provide safety and justice for the majority of India's population. These things should be important for us as voters.

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