‘ vice presidential candidacy is a litany of firsts. She is the first Black vice presidential candidate and first Asian American candidate on a presidential ticket of either party. While Harris’ identity as a Black woman is well-known, less attention is paid to her Asian American identity.
“When Asian Americans are on the ballot, more Asian American voters do come out. … It can also be assumed that the Indian American community especially or South Asians will be interested in learning more about her as a candidate,” said Madalene Xuan-Trang Mielke, the president and CEO of the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies, and the board of directors chair of ReflectUS, a non-partisan national coalition of women’s organizations working to increase the number of women in office.
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