Overseas student observes American voting

Yiying Wang at the University of Miami Photo by Yaxi Shen

Lesson for the day is about voting process

Yiying Wang, 21, a University of Miami international student from China, stood with her Americans friend in line at the BankUnited Center in Coral Gables. As they talked, Wang  took photographs to record the experience.  It was the first time that she had had a chance to observe voting in America.  “It is really an unforgettable experience,” Wang said.

Seeing the voters willing to endure long waiting lines put to rest an assumption she had had about American politics. Before she came to the United States, she said,  she thought Americans were not interested in politics. But on Election Day  2012 she saw hundreds of people – even students – eager to cast their votes.

Although she was not eligible to vote, Wang said she found the presidential election process captivating. After watching the three presidential debates, she said,  she hoped her friends would vote for President Obama.  An Obama victory, she said, would mean continued good international relationships with China.

Natalie Lopez, 21, another University of Miami student, said she had paid a lot of attention to the election. She is a biology major but intends to transfer to international relation studies. Both of Lopez’s parents are doctors, which has provided her an opportunity to see how the American health system works, she said.  Obama’s healthcare plan will be effective in the long term, Lopez said, but she is unsure if it will work in the short run.

Like Wang, Lopez was at the BankUnited Center just to observe.  Lopez said she had voted by mail but wanted to see what was going on at the polling place. She was an Obama supporter, she said. And she felt confident:  “Obama will win the election with no doubt.”



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One response to “Overseas student observes American voting”

  1. Coralie Uha says:

    Great article ! It’s very nice to have some “external” point of view. I can totally relate to it as an exchange student. I was also surprised by how people were willing to wait hours at the polls to make sure they casted their vote. As Yiying, I was more likely to assume American people were not interested in politics. It would have been interesting to learn a little more about Yiying and her experience at UM