Loudoun County’s growth over the past three decades has been driven in part by Asian Americans, who have flocked there to work for AOL and other tech companies that have set up shop in the area. Today 18 percent of the district’s residents are Asian American. Nearly half of those are Indian American. Drive past a park on a summer evening, and you’ll see cricket matches under way—the Loudoun County Cricket League has forty-eight teams and more than 1,200 players.Besides the cultural interest, this has big political implications. Asian Americans used to be a swing group, strongly attracted to business-orientated politicians like the Bushes. Now more than 80 percent are Democrats. This explains part of why Loudoun County has gone Democratic lately, and why Virginia has gone from being a strongly conservative state to leaning blue. Anti-Trump Republicans gnash their teeth over this, sure that Indian Americans – hard-working, family oriented, religious – would be natural Republicans if Trump and his friends would shut up about criminal immigrants.
This also makes another of the little litmus tests I am so fond of: would you find it cool that people play a strange game like cricket right up the road, or do you wish everyone in the community played the same game together, like softball in small towns of the Old Days?