Editor’s note: This post is in response to Charles Murray’s post here.
First, while Asians didn’t come to America to avoid discrimination, many found discrimination when they arrived here. That might have pushed them toward liberalism. A test of this: Were Asians predominantly Democrats prior to social conservatism becoming strong within the GOP? If so, social conservatism isn’t the culprit, even if it may prevent Asians today from shifting toward what might be a more natural political home.
Second, politics is “on net.” Even if social conservatism puts off Asians from shifting to the GOP, it’s a huge motivator for many who are already Republicans. (One disadvantage of living in Washington DC is that the Republicans you meet aren’t always typical of Republicans nationwide.) Ditching social conservatism might well produce new Republicans; the question is whether it increases Republican voters on net. Of that I’m not so sure.