Politics, government and public life for Southern California

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.

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Young voters: Are you liberal on Facebook, but conservative in the voting booth?

Arroyo High students visiting Duarte High

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Arroyo High School students Raul Del Cid, 17, Vennis Hong, 16 and Rocio Payan, 17, chat at Duarte High School, site of a forum on negative political advertising.

I got to hang around at Duarte High School Saturday night with about 200 students from San Gabriel Valley area high schools at the Arsalyn Youth Forum to engage young people in civic life. The topic was negative political advertising.

I brought examples from the four most famous negative political ads I could think of — the 1964 LBJ Daisy ad, the 1988 Willie Horton ad, the 2004 Swiftboat Veterans for Truth ad and the Demon Sheep ad from Carly Fiorina's 2010 U.S. Senate campaign. MSNBC's Rachel Maddow called Fiorina's "the attack ad so bad, nobody wanted to believe it was real."

A young woman asked why people who loudly express their political opinions don't often listen to others' views. In response, I asked the audience who among them had unfriended someone on Facebook after seeing a political comment they disagree with. A lot of hands went up. And that question got us talking more about social media and voting.

High school senior Addison Hu, governor of the Arsalyn Youth Forum, told me that young people get a lot of peer pressure to express liberal sentiments on social media like Facebook, but when they become voters, they might vote more conservatively.

Do others feel this way? If you're age 17-23, tell KPCC about your own involvement or avoidance of politics and voting. It's confidential, and a KPCC journalist will write you back.

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