After a full day’s work at Penn State University, where he is a professor of engineering and department head, Dinesh Agrawal returns to his home in State College, Pennsylvania, and promptly turns on his computer to indulge his passion for politics. But it’s not the daily duels between Democrats and Republicans in America that transfix him. Dr Agrawal’s attention is focussed laser-like on the election season drama playing out halfway across the globe.
In November 2015, Donald Trump sat down for an interview with Stephen Bannon, executive chairman of the Breitbart News Network, a far-right news and opinion site. In the course of the conversation, Bannon made the startling assertion that Silicon Valley has far too many Asian CEOs. An ominous portent of things to come? It certainly seems so today.