What’s in a name? For Kamala Harris, maybe an edge with some Asian-American voters

What’s in a name? For Kamala Harris, maybe an edge with some Asian-American voters

  • The Democratic vice-presidential nominee is one of the few US politicians not of Chinese heritage to have a Chinese name that she chose for herself
  • By law, candidates names’ must be translated into Chinese in some areas of the US – but often based on phonetics rather than meaning

What’s in a name? For Kamala Harris, one of the few US politicians who has chosen a Chinese name for herself, it could mean an edge with Chinese-speaking voters.And this is on top of her appeal among Indian-American voters, for whom her Indian heritage could be a plus, according to polling research.The California senator and Democratic nominee for vice-president – the first black woman and the first Asian-American on a major presidential ticket – is the daughter of immigrants, her father from Jamaica and her mother from India.