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Fung Bros. comedy video asks: 'Does your Asian mom vote?'

Andrew Fung in "Does your Asian mom vote?" video

screengrab from http://youtu.be/QlzXHL4N_M4

In this fantasy sequence from "Does your Asian mom vote?" a young man learns he might not get to college.

A provocative question is circulating on YouTube with a question for young voters in the San Gabriel Valley. It's the comedic Fung Brothers, David and Andrew, asking:  "Does your Asian mom vote?"

It shows their mom (actually, it's an actress, uncredited on the video) scurrying around the kitchen as the boys eat breakfast. They say they are going to vote. She tells them to mind their studies and not get involved in things that don't affect their prospects for success, like getting into medical and law school.

"What is one thing that will happen if you don't vote, huh?" she demands. Cue the fantasy sequence.

The Fung Brothers video (here they tell us the seven things Asian American teens love) is part of a larger campaign by the Asian Pacific American Legal Center and 13 community partners with ties to Asian population groups in Southern California to encourage greater registration and voting.


One-third of Asian-American likely voters are undecided on presidential pick

Asian-American voters

Data: National Asian American Survey

Nearly one-third of likely voters who are Asian-American remain undecided about their choice for president, according to a new survey. But among those who express a favorite, they strongly prefer President Barack Obama to former Gov. Mitt Romney.

The independent, non-partisan National Asian American Survey interviewed a representative sample of more than 3,300 people for what the authors describe as the most comprehensive portrait of Asian-American political views.

Asian-American voters who are undecided could make a critical difference in the presidential election in the battleground states of Nevada, North Carolina and Virginia, said study co-author Karthick Ramakrishnan, an associate professor of political science at UC Riverside.

Asian-Americans interviewed about top issues showed strong preferences for Obama's stances on women's rights, health care and immigration, and were about equally split in support for Obama's and Romney's ideas on how to deal with the budget deficit.

A few numbers from the survey:

32 percent -- Asian-American likely voters who are undecided. (In the general population, about 7 percent are undecided)

25 percent -- Congressional districts where more than five percent of voters are Asian-American

45 percent -- Asian-American citizens who can be described as "likely voters"

15 percent -- California's Asian-American population

51 percent -- Asian-American voters who are non-partisan