Election Day Through Ethnic Media Eyes

A sample of Election Day front pages from the ethnic media. Papers include, clockwise from the top-left: World Journal, America Oggi, Al-Ahram, Sing Tao Daily, El Diario, Korea Times, and Nowy Dziennik. (Photos by Skyler Reid)

Today’s ethnic newspapers, like the rest of New York’s media, focused on the elections, but with a particular twist. The Korean and Chinese papers urged their readers to support candidates poised to make history in their communities, while El Diario reported on a new poll showing immigration and jobs are the main issues driving Latinos to the polls.

The cover of Spanish-language daily El Diario has the headline, “Your Duty,” with an editorial in Spanish and English:

With New York and New Jersey facing a long road to recovery from Sandy’s devastating effects, some people may think twice about voting. But for Hispanics, the priority today must be to be able to make it to their poll site.

There is too much at stake for our community to stay on the sidelines. Many rights and issues stand to be adversely or positively affected, depending on which candidate wins this election. These include an inclusive, accessible health care system; deferred action for undocumented youth; access to financial aid for college; equitable treatment of the LGBT community; a woman’s right to choose; and unnecessary wars.

The publication’s website today also featured for Election Day, “Jobs and immigration: Key issues for Latino Voters“:

A substantial majority of Latinos support the Obama Health Care Act and government involvement in the provision of health insurance to the population.

Creating jobs and improving the economy, together with immigration reform and the DREAM Act, are the biggest concerns for Latino voters that politicians should address according to the Impremedia – Latino Decisions Election Eve Poll which is being disseminated throughout the day today.

This election has particular meaning for Koreans in New York, who could see the first Korean-American official for State Assembly.

The front page of the Korea Daily (left) ran the headline, “The Day to Choose the Fate of the U.S. is Here,” mentioning that nationwide, “20 Korean candidates are running,” “Obama holds a slight lead in very tight race,” and “Results expected early tomorrow morning.”

Another Korean-language publication, New York Ilbo, says, “Let’s Turn Away from ‘Sandy,’ It’s Time to Vote“:

The fierce aftermath of Sandy was disastrous. But with one day left until the the general election, many members of the Korean community believe that “Korean-Americans should overcome the aftermath of Sandy and it is now time to vote for a Korean candidate.” With Democrat Ron Kim running in State Assembly District 40 [in downtown Flushing], Koreans are firmly united.  “Flushing is known as ground zero for Korean politics. But it has been a sore spot that we have never had any elected officials. This is a golden opportunity to produce a Korean politician.” “We must vote and increase Korean political power.”

The front page of Polish daily Nowy Dziennik calls it, “Tuesday, a Decisive Battle!”

An editorial yesterday in the publication urges Poles, “Let’s break away from the average“:

Tuesday’s elections are of huge importance, including for the Polish-American community. First of all, we will participate in the selection of those who influence the political and economic landscape of the country we live in. Secondly, the elections will show whether the White House, Congress and local authorities notice the Polish-American presence. The reason for our [Polish-Americans] political failures is that we give our consent to others. With a few exceptions, both as individuals and the community, we don’t have ambitions to reach beyond what we have, politically. Or we have told ourselves that there is nothing else we can do. The first step to overcome this is to go to the polls.

“‘Great Tuesday’ Decides the Results of the the U.S. Presidential Election” says the Arabic paper Al-Ahram, adding: “Obama and Romney neck and neck in the polls.” It goes on to say, “Under the slogan, ‘every voice makes a difference’ in deciding the next president, the two campaigns were forced to go back to the age-old strategies of knocking on doors and making phone calls to ask voters to cast their ballots.”


Chinese-language dailies get its readers into the election spirit with page-width photos.

World Journal asks, in blue, “Will we see a repeat of 2000? With polls tight, leaving the possibility of a recount, it’s hard to say who will take the White House” while the headline says, “Ohio Has Many Factors, Could Prolong Election.” The coverage included a piece on Assemblywoman Grace Meng of Queens, who could become the first Asian-American member of Congress from New York today.


Sing Tao Daily’s headline says, “US Elections, Winners Decided Today.”





Day of Truth” was the headline on the cover America Oggi, an Italian daily, which went on to say, “The decisive moment has arrived, America today chooses its president.”

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