Political participation of Indian Americans and Chinese Americans as a function of ethnic and sub-ethnic identity
Contractor, Dhruti J
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Indian Americans and Chinese Americans both share similar demographics such as high income and education levels. Yet, in regards to political activity from voting to elected positions, the political participation of Chinese Americans is more extensive than of Indian Americans.|In this study, it was found that the identity of Indian and Chinese Americans nfluences their political participation. For both groups, 'Level of Identity with Ethnicity was positively associated with political participation. For Indian American respondents, the 'Level of Identity with Sub-ethnicity' was negatively associated with participation. This study also found that a majority of Indian American respondents identified themselves with a sub-ethnic group, and, in contrast, a majority of Chinese American respondents identified themselves with their ethnic group.|The implications of this study include encouraging Indian Americans to think of themselves as Indians instead of solely identifying with a sub-ethnic group. The process by which identity directly influences participation needs further exploration.