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  • Wong Addresses Asian American Political Participation

    August 17, 2011

    Professor Janelle Wong, Executive Director of the Institute of Public Service, discusses her upcoming book, “Asian American Political Participation,” at 5:30 p.m. on September 1 at Seattle Asian Counseling and Referral Service. Joining her are co-authors Associate Professor Karthick Ramakrishnan, University of California Riverside, Political Science Chair and Professor Taeku Lee, University of California Berkeley, and Professor Jane Junn, University of Southern California. The presentation includes a briefing on an extensive survey of Asian Americans.

    “Although Asian Americans are a small percentage of the U.S. population, their numbers are rising. Yet, they have not mobilized to participate in the political system,” Wong said. “We looked at Asian American political behavior to better understand this phenomenon.”

    Wong and her colleagues surveyed more than 5,000 Chinese, Indian, Vietnamese, Korean, Filipino, and Japanese Americans. The book examines why some groups participate while others do not, why certain civic activities are deemed preferable to others, and why Asian socioeconomic advantage has so far not led to increased political clout.

    “Asian Americans represent a political constituency that is too often invisible to politicians and policy-makers,” Wong added. “Understanding the political behavior of Asian Americans today can lead to higher participation tomorrow.” 

    This event, which is sponsored by Asian Pacific Islander Americans for Civic Engagement, is free and open to the public.

    Wong received her Ph.D. from Yale University and joined the faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences in July 2011. A prolific scholar, she has written extensively on nonprofit organizations and their role in political participation among Latino and Asian American immigrants. “Asian American Political Participation,” her third book, is due out in October.

    The Institute of Public Service offers a Master of Public Administration, Master of Nonprofit Leadership, Bachelor of Public Affairs, and an undergraduate minor in public affairs. The institute works with neighboring communities and the region through applied research, collaborations, trainings, consultations, and public policy forums.

    The College of Arts and Sciences, the largest college in Seattle University, offers 33 undergraduate and 7 advanced degrees.


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