• Lena

    I understood the “total” to probably include rates of naturalization among all foreign-born persons, not only Asians.  But it’s not clear.

    The other part that’s kind of left out in this excerpt is that not everyone has the ability to naturalize.  It’s hard to know what portion of those who have not yet naturalized are eligible or will be eligible.

  • http://twitter.com/danthrasher Daniel Thrasher

    I don’t understand the math in the chart.  Taking into account that percentages aren’t directly comparable, how can the “total population” number be so low compared to the various individual groups?  Are there really that many more Japanese-Americans that it skews the results that low?

    Also, it will be very interesting if these results are the start of a new focus for political campaigning.  The ‘black vote’ and ‘latino vote’ have been campaigned to for years, but I’ve never heard of politicians going after Asian-Americans before.

    • Anonymous

      I was confused by the same thing at first, but I’m pretty sure that the 43% is the number for *all* foreign born populations, not just Asians. 

      • http://twitter.com/danthrasher Daniel Thrasher

        thanks, I think you’re correct.  The title of the graph doesn’t mention anything about Asian-Americans specifically, so maybe the original had other data points that weren’t included when it was reprinted.