Asia: Bloggers anxiously await results

A small portrait of the translator

November 4, 2008 @ 20:30 UTC

Written by


Countries:
none
Candidates:
Barack Obama, John McCain
Issues:
Civil Rights & Ethnicity, International Relations, Government & Politics, Activism & Protest
 

As millions of Americans step into the polls today, Asians are snoozing away and will soon wake up to the news of who will be next to head the world’s most powerful country.

Before they went to bed, however, bloggers across Asia wrote about what they hoped and expected to find out when they wake up.

In Indonesia, Maman wrote that an “anxious feeling” was coming over her. And, despite the polls agreeing with her, she is preparing for a GOP win.

“I am really having a strange feeling about the US Election, it's a strange feeling I can't describe. The poll survey surely go to my favor, OBAMA will win, but I do believe that race will play in the final result. I try to scare myself with the reality IF GOP win this election, it will be a big POUNCH on only to my stomach, but to almost most of the average American.”

In South Korea, Expat Jane, writes that she’s also feeling “nerves and anxiety” but is excited to find out the results.

“I've been so very cool during most of this campaign. At least, when it comes to the discussion of Obama winning because I believe he will. By this time tomorrow, we'll know.”

In the Philippines, Martin Perez, makes one last plea and further addresses why Filipinos should support Obama.

“For a segment of the Philippine population, the possibilities are within their reach. They just don’t look towards government for this. Middle class Filipinos make do and succeed inspite of the failings of their government. That there are jobs waiting for us abroad is part of our modern paradigm. That we aspire for reliably wealth generating jobs such as medicine, law and accounting, is part of our national intuition. And that we need nothing from government because it takes from us more than we receive is by and large remains the cancer in our society that Dr. Jose Rizal died not having incised.

For the people who have chosen not to have a stake in government despite being able to do so, what they seek is not merely a government that works, but a government they can trust. They need a reason to believe that it can be a force for good. Their contributions — whether time, money, effort or even prayer — should address specific needs, real goals, and achieve tangible results. How we activate and inspire these people is an open question.

It is a question to which Barack Obama has responded excellently.”

Perez further addresses Obama’s campaign.

“Through his campaign, Barack has demonstrated an ability to build a coalition from the ground up. Through his multi-faceted, multi-tiered campaign, he has gotten many people involved and interested in politics, whether they be first-timers or like-the-first-timers. His organization provides a wonderful case study in how media (now with no line between traditional and new) can be effectively utilized to promote a political brand and message. Moreover, his fundraising and rallying capabalities are testaments to not just the efficiency of their campaign machine but to his character. Barack has a quality, an appeal that demands respect, if not that then at least our attention. Most importantly, the message he carries is one I have long wanted to articulate.

What I wish to take out of watching the US elections is a sense of the audacity of hope. Through my study and comparison of various systems, I realize that empowerment comes from that core belief we all share regardless of our status in life — that our hard work will pay off and that tomorrow will be a better day. In Barack I see someone who has been able to inject new energy into the system by reminding people of this fundamental hope. And thus for a Filipino observer such as I, there is simply too much to learn from Barack Obama.

I am under no delusion. Barack Obama is not running for the presidency of the Philippines. But chances are, that in not too many years from now, one of us who have lived through this election cycle will.”

Lastly, in China, Stan Abrams also writes that he is anticipating the results.

“Tomorrow morning at 8:00 I will be sitting in a room at the Renaissance hotel watching CNN, pouring cups of coffee down my throat and trying not to let my blood pressure get too high. (I refer to the AmCham election-watch event — see more info here.)

As I’ve mentioned a few times recently, I have spent a huge amount of time following the election this year. Needless to say, the suspense is killing me, and I really need this to be over so I can move on with my life.”

The expat in China goes on further to state he is “tired” of being embarrassed by the U.S. government.

“It should come as no surprise that I’m tired of explaining to people why Bush was elected/re-elected. I’m tired of having to agree with critics of the U.S. government, tired of being embarrassed by Bush’s latest blunder, tired of saying that this is all temporary (much more difficult after 2004). Bush, McCain and Palin bashing has been a great source of fun and entertainment over the years, of course, but yeah, I am ready for it to be over. Obama’s consistent talk about restoring the image of the U.S. in the world is probably the single most important issue for the average expat, and I dare say that he’s got the expat vote locked up solidly.”

  • More original articles

  • 2 comments

    1. ExpatJane Says:

      Thanks for linking to me, but I do have a vote. I’m an American who lives abroad, so I voted absentee and definitely made sure my vote got counted.

    2. Hoa Quach Says:

      Hi Jane,

      I know you have a vote :) I just quote you because you have a perspective that is different than Americans living in the U.S. and citizens of other nations – since you live abroad but still have a vote. Therefore, often times we will quote expats.

      Cheers,
      Hoa

    Leave a Reply