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PhD Candidate Shawn Kim Receives 2023 Rapoport Family Foundation Dissertation Grant to Research Pan-Asian Cooperation and Political Solidarity  

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Shawn Kim, PhD Candidate in Political Science, has been awarded a doctoral dissertation grant by the Rapoport Family Foundationto conduct a study on the effects of exclusionary discrimination and elite signals on pan-Asian political cohesion. Results from Kim's previous research indicate that Asian Americans show stronger support for policies favorable to different Asian-subgroups in response to group-based discrimination, though its link to the group’s party preferences is yet to be known.

To build on these findings, Kim will be fielding a survey experiment supported by the grant to study preferences and support for the Democratic Party among Asian Americans as a form of pan-Asian political solidarity. Specifically, this study will investigate whether Asian Americans become more supportive of the Democratic Party when concerns about social exclusion shared among Asians as a group are heightened. This research will further examine how different party stances can affect the group's support in the face of shared discrimination. The findings from this study will contribute to the analysis in Kim's dissertation of pan-ethnic and political cohesion among Asian Americans. In addition to research on the roles of race and discrimination in shaping partisanship, this research also has important implications for how scholars should approach the study of diverse ethnic and racial categories.

To learn more about Shawn and his research, you can view his website at



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