Therefore, many of the American Asians have opted out of the American politics through their rational calculation of participation. The Asian immigrants have been disadvantaged by the demographic variable that include immigration status, age distributing risks aversive behavior in education, awareness of their population size, as well as the effects of social closure and discrimination. Putting this in mind, the immigrants opt for economic activities than political participation. Furthermore, the Asian Americans have not been allowed to contribute money to the political parties of their choice, just like any other citizens.
“One Asian donor admitted ... to lacking the legal resident status required for giving campaign money”, (Malkin, 2007, pp1). The legal system in the United States has also not been of much favor to the Asian Americans immigrants to participate in local politics. The immigration and naturalization laws of the US has been highly discriminating the Asian immigrants. The immigrants had to pass through very stringent screening procedures as compared to other immigrants, especially from the European continents. This will thus cause the Asian to be disillusioned with active involvement in politics.
The government should thus make the policies concerning immigrants’ naturalization to be the same for all the immigrants despite their origin to allow equal participation in national issues. The monolingual ballot casting system has also been a contributing factor that has avoided the Asians from participating in local politics. A majority of the Asians are linguistically isolated, and thus the electoral system puts them at disadvantage. This has been fuelled by those championing for making English the official language and abolishing bilingualism.
Bilingualism should be allowed in the society to help the immigrants to learn English through their native languages and thus participate more in local political, economic and social issues. As Le (1999) argues, “as we take away bilingual government documents, and materials, immigrants will be discouraged from voting because they wont understand the process issues”, (Para 23). The government should also follow and amend the voting Rights Act (VRA) of 1965 to ensure that all the voters are protected.
The law was passed to protect the African Americans, but it has been amended on several occasions to include Americans Indians, Asian Americans, Alaskan Natives and people of Spanish heritage. “Additionally, the VRA includes a provision that recognizes the need for multilingual assistance for non-English speakers”, (The Washingtonpost. com, 2001 Para 11).
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