Political Inequality in the Digital World: The Puzzle of Asian American Political Participation Online

Posted on 13.05.2022 - 14:07

This paper adds to existing literature by reassessing the racial participation gap after placing online activity within the repertoire of minorities’ political actions. Even though Asian Americans are the most resourced in terms of Internet access, I theorize about how individual and structural-level impediments uniquely disadvantage this group from participating in politics online—widening overall participation disparities. Using data from the 2016 National Asian American Survey, I find that while the racial participation gap is similar for Latina/os and African Americans compared to whites, regardless of the activity’s platform either offline or online, disparities magnify solely for Asian Americans when considering digital modes of political behavior. The paper ends by noting how the Internet may contribute to rather than solve issues of political inequality across race and discusses distortions in which political voices are heard or muted offline and online.

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Chan, Nathan K. (2020): Political Inequality in the Digital World: The Puzzle of Asian American Political Participation Online. SAGE Journals. Collection. https://doi.org/10.25384/SAGE.c.5088516.v2
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