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This disjuncture should worry us all. Such group realignments have taken place only rarely in the past century—first, with the shift of Jewish and black voters to the Democrats during the New Deal and, subsequently, with the shift of Southern whites to the Republicans that began in the civil-rights era. Between the and censuses, the Asian population in the U. He graduated summa cum laude from Harvard with a degree in American history. The RNC seems to have made some significant progress in places such as Southern California, where Republican recruitment and outreach efforts helped three Asian American women win seats in the state legislature in But all of these investments may be in jeopardy this year. Parties have similarly played an important role in shifting Asian American attitudes. The actions of parties and political leaders over the past two decades provide a far better explanation for the politics of Asian Americans today than do the disparate cultural traditions that immigrants have brought with them.