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Asian candidates in America : the surprising effects of positive racial stereotyping.

Visalvanich, Neil (2016) 'Asian candidates in America : the surprising effects of positive racial stereotyping.', Political research quarterly., 70 (1). pp. 68-81.

Abstract

Racial stereotyping has been found to handicap African American and Latino candidates in negative ways. It is less clear how racial stereotypes may change the fortunes of Asian candidates. This paper explores the candidacies of Asian Americans with an experiment run through Amazon Mechanical Turk as well as real-world evaluations of Asian American candidates using the Cooperative Congressional Elections Study. In my experiments, I find that Asian candidates do significantly better than white candidates across different biographical scenarios (conservative, liberal, and foreign). I find that, contrary to expectations, Asian candidates are not significantly disadvantaged from being immigrant and foreign born. My experimental results mirror my observational results, which show that Asian Democrats are significantly advantaged even when compared with whites. These results indicate that Asian candidates in America face a set of racial-political stereotypes that are unique to their racial subgroup.

Item Type:Article
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Status:Peer-reviewed
Publisher Web site:https://doi.org/10.1177/1065912916674273
Publisher statement:Visalvanich, Neil (2016) 'Asian candidates in America : the surprising effects of positive racial stereotyping.', Political research quarterly., 70 (1). pp. 68-81. Copyright © 2016 University of Utah. Reprinted by permission of SAGE Publications.
Date accepted:07 September 2016
Date deposited:26 October 2016
Date of first online publication:17 October 2016
Date first made open access:26 October 2016

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