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Are You Threatening Me? Asian‐American Panethnicity in the Trump Era

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Social Science Quarterly

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["\n\nObjective\nThis study explores the effect of Donald Trump's candidacy, and first year in office, on Asian‐American linked fate. We argue that the use of anti‐Asian and anti‐immigrant messaging during the 2016 election, and the enactment of discriminatory policies once elected, increased feelings of panethnic linked fate among Asian Americans.\n\n\nMethod\nTo test our hypotheses, we assess Asian Americans’ levels of linked fate before the 2016 election, immediately after the 2016 election, and one year after the 2016 election with several time‐series surveys.\n\n\nResults\nWe find that Asian‐American linked fate is higher after the election and remains high one year later. Qualitative data collected through open‐ended survey responses suggest that the increase in panethnic linked fate can be at least partially attributed to Trump's discriminatory rhetoric.\n\n\nConclusion\nThe results have implications for Asian‐American political behavior, particularly mobilization, by invoking collective action through panethnic linked fate.\n\n", "Social Science Quarterly, EarlyView. "]