because a lot of institutions like education and criminal just have the impression that AAPI students and youth don't need help," Gabriel Garcia, a coordinator at SEARAC
, told NBC News.
"We've labored under the shadow of this model myth for so long," said KaYing Yang, SEARAC's executive director.
Without those things, youth can turn to delinquent behavior and in some very extreme cases, gangs, instead of devoting themselves to education," said Narin Sihavong, director of SEARAC's Successful New Americans Project, which interviewed Mali Keo.
Ka Ying Yang, former Executive Director of the Southeast Asian Action Resource Center, (SEARAC
) and a Hmong-American community leader active in national politics, suggested that this preference for Democratic candidates will decrease as more Hmong-Americans become more familiar with domestic American political issues (Yang 2001).