Friday, March 9, 2012

AAPIs Divided and Conquered in Los Angeles?

Why are the Korean Americans so pissed off about Los Angeles City redistricting?

If you look at the data, it becomes painfully clear why there has not been an AAPI on Los Angeles City Council since Mike Woo in the late 80s.

There is no LA City Council District with over 15% API voters.  Citywide, the ethnic VOTER breakdown is as follows:

       AAPI=7%  Latino=27%  AfAm=10%

Raw POPULATION breakdown according to  the 2010 Census is as follows:

       AAPI=11.3%  Latino=48.5%  AfAm=9.6%

Percentage on Council

       AAPI=0%  Latino=33%  AfAm=20%

There are 6 districts with a larger % of AAPIs than citywide %, averaging 4% above their citywide % (there are 0 API members on council)

There are 6 districts with a larger % of Latinos than the citywide %, averaging 22% above their citywide % (there are 5 Latino API members on council)

There are 4 districts with a larger % of African Americans than citywide %, averaging 30% above their citywide % (there are 3 African American members on council)

So basically, it appears that from a district perspective, APIs have been spread out into all of the other districts making it very difficult for an API to win a seat on contrast, there are a number of districts with Latino and African American voting blocs that are disproportionately larger than their citywide percentage and thus providing them with a better chance of winning representation on

Who decides what the districts are?  Los Angeles City Council.  So you have a Catch-22 situation where there aren't enough AAPIs in a district to elect an AAPI that will fight for a district that unites enough AAPIs into one district that can then elect an AAPI to council.

Does it surprise anyone why the Korean American community is so upset?

The only real surprise is what appears to be a disengagement or disinterest of other AAPI advocacy groups in this fight...

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