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Latinos and Asians, Asians and Latinos: it’s a refrain that’s become increasingly common since numbers from last November's election , along with Pew Research data on who's immigrating to the US, came out. Most recent talk about these “blocs” hinges on campaign strategy or immigration reform, both issues of national and regional concern. Yet given the many municipal elections happening across Southern California this spring, there’s a question more immediate and closer to home: how might Asians and Latinos affect our region’s political landscape?
On Thursday, May 9th, KPCC hosted this moderated conversation at The Crawford Family Forum. We took a closer look at recent trends in Latino and Asian demographics, political engagement, and electoral representation, and by asking how these groups are understood, where they’re gaining ground, and what priorities unite or divide them, we explored the impact Asian and Latino Southlanders may have on the regional politics scene.
Karthick Ramakrishnan, National Asian American Survey director; UC Riverside political science associate professor
Rosie Arroyo, California Community Foundation civic engagement program director; former NALEO program director
Anh Do, Los Angeles Times multicultural communities staff writer
Jaime Regalado, CSU Los Angeles political science professor emeritus; former Edmund G. “Pat” Brown Institute Executive Director
Oscar Garza, KPCC News Editor
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