12/20/14 New York Times: “2 N.Y.P.D. Officers (Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos) Killed in Brooklyn Ambush; Suspect Commits Suicide”
By Benjamin Mueller and Al Baker
Two police officers sitting in their patrol car in Brooklyn were shot at point-blank range and killed on Saturday afternoon by a man who, officials said, had traveled to the city from Baltimore vowing to kill officers. The suspect then committed suicide with the same gun, the authorities said.
12/19/14 Northwesy Asian Weekly: “A Man of Character — First Asian American chancellor fell victim to US’ fear of China”
By Soumya Karlamangla
For a moment in 1996, a political milestone for Asian Americans was within Chang-Lin Tien’s reach. Former president Bill Clinton had placed him on the shortlist to be Secretary of Energy, and the chance to be the first Asian American to serve on a U.S. Cabinet.
But just days before Clinton’s official announcement, the White House called to tell Tien, then chancellor of UC Berkeley, that the president had removed him from the running. A breaking campaign finance scandal had evoked fear nationwide that China had influenced the election. Suddenly, Tien’s appointment became politically impossible.
12/19/14 Asian Fortune: “See the Needs, Give the Gifts”
By Andrew Ho and Virginia Cheung
As the holiday season approaches, what is your priority on charitable giving this year? Though imaginations run wild when we think of gifts to give to ourselves, charitable giving is lucky to have a fraction of our creativity. A modest donation to our alma mater, the local community group or a religious center is about as far as most of us get. We rarely think beyond groups with which we have an affiliation. Are grassroots non-profits, which provide much needed services to the Asian American community, on your radar? If not, could it be because we don’t stretch ourselves beyond our comfort zones and immediate social circles to consider how we might have a greater social impact through our charitable giving?
10/10/14 Voices of NY: “Flushing Candidates Spar Over HS Test Issue”
by Stella Chan
Source: Sing Tao Daily (Translated by Rong Xiaoqing from Chinese)
Editor’s note: A series of stories published in Sing Tao Daily on Oct. 7, by reporter Stella Chan, explored some of the issues and political wrangling around the possibility that the SHSAT, the test whose results determine entry into the city’s top specialized high schools, may be revised as well as supplemented by other admission criteria. Bills were proposed in the State Senate and Assembly earlier this year, aimed at reducing the importance of the test in admissions and offering opportunity to more black and Latino students. Many Asians, especially Chinese and Koreans, who make up the majority in the top three specialized high schools, strongly oppose the reform.
The bills failed to pass in the spring session. But a recent proposal of the Department of Education to revise the test set off a new outcry. The thorny issue even sparked a fierce battle between two Assembly candidates in Asian-dominated Flushing. One candidate had approached the DOE to get a promise that nothing will change this year. Meanwhile, the DOE’s contract with a test company is expiring, and the new contract is likely to include a writing component.
More and more Chinese parents and alumni from specialized high schools are joining forces to criticize the state and the city governments for harming the interest of Asians (Translator’s note: The opposition against the RFP is based on the presumption that Asian students, who excel on standardized tests, are not particularly good at writing).
Asians, particularly Chinese and Koreans, make up about 60 percent of students at Stuyvesant High School, The Bronx High School of Science, and Brooklyn Technical High School. And after the latest redistricting, 63 percent of the total population in Assembly District 40 in Flushing are Asian. Therefore, SHSAT reform has become a fighting point between the two candidates.
12/5/14 Indianapolis Start: “Feds dismiss charges against former Eli Lilly scientists accused of stealing trade secrets”
by Jeff Swiatek and Kristine Guerra
The U.S. attorney’s office is asking a federal judge to dismiss all charges filed against two former Eli Lilly and Co. scientists accused of stealing company trade secrets and passing them on to a competitor in China.
The decision comes a little more than a year after a federal grand jury indicted Eli Lilly’s former senior biologists, Guoqing Cao and Shuyu “Dan” Li, on charges of stealing nine drug discovery trade secrets from 2010 to 2012 and passing the proprietary information to one of China’s largest drug companies, Jiangu Hengrui Medicine Co. in Shanghai.
7/19/14 New York Post: “To make elite schools ‘fair,’ city will punish poor Asians”
By Dennis Saffran
In 2004, 7-year-old Ting Shi arrived in New York from China, speaking almost no English. For two years, he shared a bedroom in a Chinatown apartment with his grandparents — a cook and a factory worker — and a young cousin, while his parents put in 12-hour days at a small laundromat they had purchased on the Upper East Side.
Ting mastered English and eventually set his sights on getting into Stuyvesant High School, the crown jewel of New York City’s eight “specialized high schools.”
When he was in sixth grade, he took the subway downtown from his parents’ small apartment to the bustling high school to pick up prep books for its eighth-grade entrance exam. He prepared for the test over the next two years, working through the prep books and taking classes at one of the city’s free tutoring programs. His acceptance into Stuyvesant prompted a day of celebration at the laundromat — an immigrant family’s dream beginning to come true.
Ting, now a 17-year-old senior starting at NYU in the fall, says of his parents, who never went to college: “They came here for the next generation.”
The plot against merit
New York’s specialized high schools, including Stuyvesant and the equally storied Bronx High School of Science, along with Brooklyn Technical High School and five smaller schools, have produced 14 Nobel laureates — more than most countries.
For more than 70 years, admission to these schools has been based upon a competitive examination of math, verbal and logical reasoning skills. In 1971, the state legislature, heading off city efforts to scrap the merit selection test as culturally biased against minorities, reaffirmed that admission to the schools be based on the competitive exam.
But now, troubled by declining black and Hispanic enrollment at the schools, opponents of the exam have resurfaced. The NAACP Legal Defense Fund has filed a civil-rights complaint challenging the admissions process. A bill in Albany to eliminate the test requirement has garnered the support of Sheldon Silver, the powerful Assembly speaker.
And new Mayor Bill de Blasio, whose son, Dante, attends Brooklyn Tech, has called for changing the admissions criteria. The mayor argues that relying solely on the test creates a “rich-get-richer” dynamic that benefits the wealthy, who can afford expensive test preparation.
As Ting’s story illustrates, however, the reality is just the opposite. It’s not affluent whites, but rather the city’s burgeoning population of Asian-American immigrants — a group that, despite its successes, remains disproportionately poor and working-class — whose children have aced the exam in overwhelming numbers.
7/17/14 San Jose Mercury News: “Asian-Americans and SCA-5: Here’s why many oppose it”
By Michael Wang
For high school students aiming to attend a top college, July is filled with exam prep, community service, lab work, internships, music and athletic camps. With Stanford taking only 5.1 percent of applicants and Yale just 7.1 percent, the odds are so uncertain that no effort is spared to build a competitive profile.
Applying to college is an anxiety-filled rite-of-passage for students and parents alike. For Asian-American families, however, the anxiety is mixed with dread. They know that their race will be used against them in admissions, and there is nothing they can do but over prepare.
I experienced this when I applied last year. I grew up in a Chinese-American family in Union City, where my parents are educators and encouraged me to pursue my interests broadly. I sing and play the piano. My choir performed at the San Francisco Opera and President Obama’s first inauguration.
I founded the math club at my high school, James Logan, and debated in tournaments throughout the West Coast. I took the most challenging classes in school and graduated in the top 0.5 percent of my class. I got a perfect 36 on the ACT and 2230 on the SAT. I wanted to study international relations and become an ambassador.
I was rejected by Yale, Princeton and Stanford.
My disappointment turned into anger when I learned that Asian-Americans are being held to higher admissions standards by the selective schools. We have been the fastest growing minority group in America, and yet our presence on some Ivy League campuses has declined in the last 20 years.
A 2009 study found that Asian-Americans were admitted at the lowest rate of any racial group. For Asian-American applicants to have an equal chance of getting into an elite private college, we had to score 140 points higher than whites on the SATs, 270 points higher than Latinos and 310 points higher than blacks.
Here in California, Asian-Americans constitute 19 percent of Stanford’s undergraduates compared to 39 percent at UC Berkeley and 45 percent at UC San Diego. The disparity exists because of the law. In 1996, California voters adopted Proposition 209, which banned racial preferences in public education.
In 2003, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that schools like Stanford that are not subject to Proposition 209 may give minority applicants a “race plus-factor” to boost their chances of getting in. The High Court acknowledged that the practice deviates from the equal protection of the laws but is permissible for 25 years to enhance campus diversity.
Though a majority of Asian-Americans opposed Proposition 209, many now appreciate the fairness of race-blindness. We have been driven to this understanding because the race-plus factor, which is supposed to help increase black, Latino and Native American enrollment, is being used as a minus-factor against us.
Whatever unequal treatment we may encounter elsewhere, we felt assured that the UC schools will not disadvantage us — that is, until this January, when the State Senate passed Senate Constitutional Amendment No. 5 (SCA-5).
The bill proposed to repeal Proposition 209 and allow the UC schools to use racial preferences. Our community reacted with fury at the Asian-American senators who supported SCA-5 and forced them to have the measure tabled.
The reaction surprised many but not families like mine and countless others whose grievances have been building for years.
Last June, I filed complaints against Yale, Princeton and Stanford with the U.S. Department of Education. This April, the Supreme Court upheld voter initiatives that ban racial preferences. I hope I have a chance to present my case.
Michael Wang of Union City is a sophomore at Williams College. He wrote this for this newspaper.
6/23/2014 The Bull Elephant
Is TJHSST Discriminating Against Asians?
by Jeanine Martin
Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST, or TJ) is a regional magnet school in Fairfax County that consistently ranks as one of the best high schools in the country. Prior to 1997, officials overseeing the very competitive admissions process practiced affirmative action by denying admission to approximately 30 White and Asian students each year to permit admission of 30 Black students with lower scores and grades. In 1997, parents of one of the displaced students sued Fairfax County Public Schools and won. Over the summer of 1997, FCPS had to offer admission to the 32 students who would have been admitted to TJ were it not for their illegal affirmative action.
6/12/14 China Daily USA: “Asian Americans concerned about bill to change NYC specialized school admissions”
By Jack Freifelder
Some Asian-American community leaders and parents in New York City are concerned that proposed state legislation that would change the process for getting into eight specialized high schools for academically and artistically gifted students in the city could significantly reduce the number of Asian-American students admitted to the schools.
The legislation would change a 1971 law that makes an exam, known as the Specialized High School Admissions Test (SHSAT), the only measure that can be used to admit students to the high schools. The exam is taken by about 30,000 students.
3/22/14 The Economist: “Not black and white; Asians object to affirmative action”
THE 80-20 Initiative, an Asian-American lobby group, scored its first big success last October when it forced
Jimmy Kimmel, a television host, to apologise for allowing a five-year-old boy to suggest on air that America
should kill everyone in China in order to avoid its debt obligations. This week the group pulled off a more edifying
win, defeating an attempt to allow Californian universities to take account of race when deciding whom to admit.
4/28/14 Stuyvesant Spectator: “Ivy Day is Asian Discrimination Day; And Whites Reap the Benefits”
by David Cahn
At 5PM on Thursday, March 27,my Facebook newsfeed exploded. It was Ivy Day and America’s top universities had released their long-awaited decisions. Within minutes, my screen sparkled with fancy college names, gleeful classmates, and hundreds of hearty congratulations to each accepted student. I joined in, ecstatic at my friends’ accomplishments, and cheering them on just as they had supported me when I received my early acceptance in December.
But soon an eerie pattern emerged in the college acceptance statuses. Whites were being accepted in disproportionate numbers compared to their Asian peers. I decided to conduct an empirical analysis to assess whether or not this observation could be statistically confirmed. I relied on data collected by The Spectator, to measure race. To determine Ivy League admittance rates, I used Stuyclodpedia, a webpage on which Stuyvesant students post their college decisions. This was the best metric available because it is almost universally used and official statistics are not yet available. The numbers tell a disturbing story.
Though 67% of students identified as East/Southeast Asian, these students represented only 48% of students admitted to the Ivy League. By contrast, the 20% of seniors who identified as Caucasian/Middle Eastern represented 32% of admitted students. East Asians were 19% under-represented, compared with a 12% over-representation of Caucasians. This difference in admission was not merit-based – The Spectator’s survey found no statistical relationship between race and GPA or extra-curricular participation. [*For in-depth discussion of statistical robustness and possible confounds, please see my note at the end of this article].
These findings are consistent with national trends. Thomas J. Espenshade, a sociologist at Princeton and the author of “No Longer Separate, Not Yet Equal: Race and Class in Elite College Admission and Campus Life,” has found that, all else being equal, Asians must score 140 points high on the SAT to get into elite schools. The explicit Ivy League quota for Asian students is usually approximated at around 17%.Admissions officers routinely deny the existence of these quotas despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, though they justify race-based admission on the grounds that it allows them to create diverse classes.
Disadvantaging students on the basis of their race (rather than evaluating the content of their character, as Martin Luther King Jr. famously said) is antithetical to the basic American principle of equal opportunity. It denies Asian American students access to the same education as whites and devalues merit in favor of superficiality. Asian students are not faceless. They are the hardworking and ambitious students who I have spent the past four years going to school with – and they deserve fair treatment.
Moreover, the Asian quota does not promote diversity when would-be Asian seats are simply taken by Caucasians. Over the past 20 years, the number of Asian Americans earning Presidential Scholarships and National Merit Awards have skyrocketed, but their admission rates to Ivy League colleges has fallen. White students continue to be admitted at historic levels. If colleges can tolerate huge white populations (45% of Harvard undergraduates were white in 2011), then they should also feel comfortable with large Asian ones. The case for diversity has legitimate role to play in the affirmative action debate, but cannot justify restricting Asian admission.
The college process reeks of racism. Discrimination against Asians is used to maintain college campuses that are plurality white, not to advantage minorities. Colleges may preach the virtues of “diversity,” “equality,” and “human rights.” But they are not innocent. Their Gentleman’s Agreement is a subtle method of entrenching racial and cultural norms and it pervades every high school in America. Ivy Day should be re-named Asian Discrimination Day – a day to remember that the fight for civil rights has not yet been won and that we must continue striving for racial equality in America.
*Notes on Statistical Analysis:
3/21/14 89.3 KPCC Southern California Public Radio: “SCA 5: A political coming-of-age story for Chinese-Americans”
by Josie Huang
Prospects for Senate Constitutional Amendment 5 started out rosy.
The proposed ballot measure sailed through the state Senate late January. A Democratic supermajority voted
in favor of asking Californians to allow race-conscious admissions at public universities ï¿½ a practice banned by
voters in 1996.
SCA 5 headed next to the Assembly, and that’s when things got bumpy. Chinese-language media got wind of the
legislation, and fanned parents’ fears that their children would lose college spots to students from other racial groups.
Throughout February, opponents used social media and email lists to organize rallies and town hall meetings in
heavily Chinese communities throughout Silicon Valley and the San Gabriel Valley. Politicians were bombarded by
emails and phone calls. A Vote No to SCA 5 petition has drawn more than 114,000 signatures.
3/21/14 Wall Street Journal: “California’s Asian Spring; Racial preferences punish part of the liberal majority”
Democrats claim to be a multi-ethnic “coalition of the ascendant,” but identity politics has inherent contradictions.
Witness the victory this week by three liberal Asian-American lawmakers in blocking Sacramento’s Democratic
supermajority from trying to overturn California’s ban on racial preferences (Prop. 209).
3/20/14 Washington Examiner: “Asian-Americans in California send a message: Race and gender preferences are obsolete”
By Shikha Dalmia
Democrats in California are in a state of shock at the defeat of their effort to reinstate racial preferences in
university admissions. That’s because the defeat was led not by evil Republicans but a loyal Democratic constituency:
3/18/2014 San Jose Mercury News: “California affirmative action revival bill is dead”
By Katy Murphy
A bill that would have let California voters reconsider the state’s 16-year-old ban on race-conscious college
admissions is off the table, its author announced on Monday.
Constitutional Amendment 5 passed the state Senate in late January on a party-line vote but ran into an unexpected
wave of resistance — mostly, from Asian-Americans concerned that affirmative action policies would unfairly disadvantage
Asian applicants to the intensely competitive University of California system.
3/18/2014 San Jose Mercury News: “California Asian-Americans show strength in blocking affirmative action revival”
By Katy Murphy
Stunned by an unexpected uprising within their party’s minority base, Democratic lawmakers on Monday dropped
a push to reverse California’s 16-year-old ban on affirmative action in college admissions.
Constitutional Amendment 5 — which would have put the issue before voters — cleared the state Senate in late
January on a party-line vote. But as word of the bill spread, so did resistance, mostly from families concerned that
race-conscious admission policies would unfairly disadvantage Asian applicants to the intensely competitive University
of California system and its flagship campuses, Berkeley and UCLA.
3/18/14 Politico: “Why Are Asian Americans Democrats?”
By Alexander Kuo, Neil Malhotra and Cecilia Hyunjung Mo
In February, during the confirmation hearings for President Barack Obamaï¿½s nominee for U.S. surgeon generalï¿½
Vivek Murthy, a British-born Indian Americanï¿½Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) invited Murthy to his home state.
ï¿½Iï¿½m going to invite you, because we have a lovely doctor from India,ï¿½ Roberts said good-naturedly. ï¿½Sheï¿½s in her
mid-30s and sheï¿½s highly respected by the community. And another doctor from India who did a carpal tunnel when
I did a stupid thing. And so, I think youï¿½d be right at home, and we would welcome you.ï¿½
Although Roberts probably did not intend to offend (his remarks were of the ï¿½I have plenty of friends who are
Indianï¿½ variety) media outlets generally mocked the interaction. At the very least, it likely reminded Murthy that he is
different than the white ethnic majorityï¿½some other kind of American.
3/17/2014 San Jose Mercury News: “Chinese-Americans wooed by the GOP over anti-affirmative action in public
By Sharon Noguchi
Cupertino — Chinese-Americans were exhorted Sunday to redouble their opposition to the proposed California
constitutional amendment that would reinstate affirmative action in public universities.
3/14/14 Slate.com: “No Longer Black and White; Why liberals should let California’s affirmative-action ban stand”
By Richard D. Kahlenberg
More than 500 Chinese-Americans angrily protested recently in the rain, outside the offices of California State
Assembly member Ed Chau. They were upset about a new effort to repeal California’s ban on affirmative action
in university admissions.
In 1996, California voters passed Proposition 209, the hot-button referendum that barred the consideration of
race in public university admissions. At the time supporters, led by businessman Ward Connerly, argued that
racial preferences were wrong and that individuals should be judged without regard to skin color. Critics
responded that society is not colorblind, and barring universities from considering race would lead to a decline
in African-American and Latino representation at elite campuses such as UCBerkeley and UCLA.
3/14/14 Sacramento Bee: “Dan Walters: California affirmative action measure draws Asian American opposition”
By Dan Walters
Although Democrats won “supermajorities” in both legislative houses in 2012, the voting blocs have only rarely
One of the very few times was on Jan. 30, when the Senate voted 27-9 along party lines for Senate Constitutional
Amendment 5, which would partially repeal Proposition 209, a 1996 ballot measure that prohibits using race or
gender in government employment, contracting and education.
Aimed at “affirmative action,” one of history’s most controversial ballot measures and spawned drives in
SCA 5, carried by Sen. Ed Hernandez, D-West Covina, would remove education from Proposition 209’s provisions,
thereby authorizing higher education to reintroduce affirmative action in student admissions.
The Senate’ action sent the issue to the Assembly, which has 55 Democratic members, one more than
theoretically required to place SCA 5 on the November ballot.
However, “theoretically” may be the operative word, because Asian rights groups are ginning up opposition,
worried that restoration of affirmative action could slash admissions of Asian American students.
3/14/14 National Review: “Asian Americans and Californiaï¿½s New Battle Over Racial Preferences”
By Reihan Salam
Something very unusual is happening in California. As Katy Murphy and Jessica Calefati report in the San Jose
Mercury News, a new legislative effort to revisit California’s ban on the use of racial preferences in admissions
to selective public universities (a ban that has been undermined in recent years, as Richard Sander and Stuart
Taylor Jr. recount in Mismatch) has met with new resistance from an unexpected quarter. The partisan composition
of the California State Legislature is notably lopsided. The California Senate has 28 Democratic members,
11 Republicans, and 1 vacancy. The California State Assembly has 55 Democrats and 25 Republicans. And so the
most interesting and consequential debates in the state are not those between Democrats and Republicans, but
rather those that divide Democrats. In January, the state Senate passed legislation that would allow for a new
statewide referendum on racial preferences, which was backed by all Democratic members. Yet now, as the bill is
about to make its way to the Assembly, three Democratic state senators seem to have had a change of heart:
3/13/2014 San Jose Mercury News: “Affirmative action proposal for California universities runs into Asian-
By Katy Murphy and Jessica Calefati
Sacramento — A legislative push to permit California’s public universities to once again consider race and
ethnicity in admissions appears to be on life support after an intense backlash from Asian-American parents
who fear it will make it harder for their children to get into good schools.
3/13/14 89.3 KPCC Southern California Public Radio: “Complicated relationship: Asian-Americans and
by Josie Huang
Laurel Directo thinks students should be judged by merit. At the same time, she recognizes she had an
advantage as the daughter of engineers who valued education and sent her to good schools.
Laurel Directo was just 4-years-old when race-conscious admissions were banned from Californiaï¿½s public
universities in 1998.
Now 20, and attending UCLA, Directo doesn’t think schools should go back to using affirmative action.
3/13/14 Los Angeles Daily News: “Local Asian Americans divided on allowing affirmative action in higher education”
By Brenda Gazzar
A proposal to restore affirmative action in the state higher education system has divided the Asian-American
community across California, largely along ethnic lines that mirror the groupsï¿½ primary socioeconomic status.
Some groups representing larger and more established Asian populations such as Chinese-Americans oppose
the proposal asking voters to consider doing away with Proposition 209ï¿½s ban on the use of race, sex, color,
ethnicity or national origin in recruitment, admissions and retention programs at Californiaï¿½s public universities and
The proposed Senate Constitutional Amendment 5 by state Sen. Ed Hernandez, D-West Covina, would allow
schools the option to again consider those factors in decisions, but would not make it mandatory.
Groups representing more recent and disadvantaged immigrant populations, such as Cambodians, support SCA 5.
3/12/14 New York Daily News: “John Liu Sues Campaign Finance Board For Denying Him Funds”
BY Erin Durkin
Failed mayoral candidate John Liu slapped the Campaign Finance Board with a federal lawsuit for
dealing a death blow to his mayoral campaign by denying him millions in city matching funds.
3/12/14 The Oregonian: “The future of Old Town Chinatown: Asian-American community and supporters
hope influx of cash can preserve history”
By Andrew Theen
Long knows the paint is cracking on his business’s ornamental facade, and he wants to make
improvements. James Long is burned out. Numb. Fed up.
It’s the 17-hour days manning the kitchen at his House of Louie restaurant in Portland’s Old Town
Chinatown neighborhood. It’s also the frequent discovery of human excrement outside his glass doors,
an unwelcome reminder of Portland’s struggle with homelessness and the cost of doing business in a
neighborhood that’s home to many social service providers.
3/11/14 California Reporter: “Republican Party Trying to Woo Back Asian-American Voters”
by Josie Huang
With midterm elections coming up this year, leaders from the Republican National Committee have
been crisscrossing the country stumping for their candidates.
On a recent stop in Orange County, RNC co-chair Sharon Day visited Grace Ministries International,
a Korean mega-church in Fullerton. In the auditorium, she worked hard to sell local politicians and the party.
3/10/14 Southern California Public Radio: “Affirmative action amendment has some Asian-Americans furious”
by Josie Huang with Leslie Berestein-Rojas
Some Asian-American parents worry that race-conscious admissions will make it harder for their children
to get into top-ranked public universities such as UCLA.
A proposal to reinstate affirmative action at Californiaï¿½s public universities is riling some Asian-American
groups more than any recent political issue, with critics unleashing their anger on social media and in
protests and public meetings.
3/6/14 South China Morning Post: “Asian Americans furious at proposal allowing colleges to choose
students by race;Blacks and Hispanics under-represented in California colleges – but families fear bias if
ban on selection by factors including race is lifted”
Hundreds of Asian American families flocked to a community hall in northern California to learn about a
state law that many fear would discriminate against their children in college admission because of their race.
“No! No! No!” the crowd chanted outside the hall in Cupertino, an affluent small city in the heart of
Silicon Valley, responding to “SCA 5” shouted from a megaphone.
3/5/14 India West: “GOP National Committee Forms Asian American Advisory Council”
The Republican National Committee March 3 launched three national advisory councils to ï¿½strengthen ties
with minority communities and expand engagement efforts across the country.ï¿½
The advisory groups are: the Asian Pacific American Advisory Council, the African American Advisory
Council and the Hispanic Advisory Council.
3/4/14 India West: “Asian Americans See Measure as Threat to College Admissions”
Senate Constitutional Amendment 5 (SCA 5) would drastically cut the number of Asian American students,
in particular Chinese and Indian American students, enrolled at schools in the University of California (such as
UC Berkeley, seen above) and California State University system, the critics claim.
Chinese American groups have mounted an online campaign against a proposed constitutional amendment
passed Jan. 30 by the California state Senate that would reconsider the use of race and gender in deciding
which students to admit to state universities.
2/28/14 Minding the Campus: “Asian-Americans Decide to Protect 209”
by John Leo
For years, efforts have been made, legal and illegal, to get around the provisions of California’s Prop 209.
That’s the 1996 measure that prevents consideration of gender, race or ethnicity in public education, employment
or contracting. But for many weeks, it has seemed likely that the overwhelmingly Democratic California legislature
would vote to exempt education from the law. That would open the door to race, ethnic or gender quotas, which
would reduce the high student percentage of Asians (and women too, perhaps) at UCLA and Berkeley, the two
flagship state universities. Now a movement is under way by the 80-20 National Asian American PAC, to persuade
Asian-American state legislators to change their votes on the new measure, known as SCA 5. Yesterday, the
PAC noted that one assemblyman will not vote for SCA 5 with others expected to follow. “It has been reliably
leaked” with others to follow. The PAC site said the State senate will not proceed without more hearings,
presumably because of the PAC’s opposition. “So the dam has been broken,” said the PAC.
2/22/14 Asian Journal: “Republicans continue Asian American outreach”
By Joseph Pimentel
Fullerton ï¿½ Republican National Committee Co-Chair Sharon Day met with Asian and Pacific Americans
earlier this month, continuing the GOPs strategy to strengthen their ties in the Asian American community.
2/21/14 Hyphen Magazine: “Yellow Peril: Enduring Through the Ages”
by Ken Choy
One reliable tool in propagating hatred is positioning the Other as an outsider and a threat, the concept of
“Yellow Peril” can be traced back to the 15th century, as John Kuo Wei Tchen and Dylan Yeats detail in their
book, Yellow Peril!!: An Archive of Anti-Asian Fear, released February 11. The authors found that, “In roughly
1425, Bernard Mandeville wrote, “It es grete peril to pursue be [by] Tartarenes [Tartars of the Mongol armies].”
2/12/14 Epoch Times: “Georgia Politicians Court Asian-Americans; Asian-American population growing
in size and civic influence”
By Mary Silver
ATLANTA: Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) got a hero’s welcome when he arrived at the Asian-American
Legislative Breakfast and Lobby Day at the Capitol Feb. 10, just as the event was breaking up. Host and
Asian American Legal Advocacy Center Director Helen Kim Ho had just thanked him in absentia “for trying
to come,” when he walked in the door.
2/10/14 Los Angeles Times: “UCLA and USC investigate racist, sexist fliers sent to campuses; UCLA and
USC campus police are investigating fliers with racist and sexist language”
By Larry Gordon
UCLA and USC campus police are investigating similar fliers filled with derogatory references to Asian
women that were mailed to Asian American organizations on the two campuses recently, officials said.
2/10/14 89.3 KPCC Southern Calif Public Radio: “Republicans on mission to win over Asian-American voters”
by Josie Huang
The Grace Ministries complex, spread over 26 acres in Fullerton, is where some 6,000 Korean-Americans
But on a recent weekday, the turnout was much smaller. Just 70 people gathered in the church’s fellowship
hall as Sharon Day, co-chair of the Republican National Committee, made a passionate pitch.
2/8/14 Forbes: “The Problem With The Asian American Consumer Report”
by Rosa Trieu
As evidenced by a compilation of ads by top brands marketing to Chinese residents of North America
during the Lunar New Year, the Nielsen report on Asian Americans may have finally succeeded in convincing
corporate America to pay more attention to the fastest-growing U.S. multicultural segment. But Asian
American scholars say the report may be a step backward for smaller Asian groups that are underserved
2/7/14 Los Angeles Times: “Careful, California voters, your wishes are under attack”
By Jennifer Gratz
In 1996, California voters outlawed the use of racial preferences in state institutions by overwhelmingly
passing Proposition 209. A bill in the Legislature seeks to overturn that.
Democrats in the state Senate on Jan. 30 used their two-thirds supermajority to pass SCA 5, which would
put a constitutional amendment on the November ballot to overturn Proposition 209’s ban on racial, ethnic
and gender preferences in admissions by the state’s public colleges and universities.
2/7/14 rafu.com : “Live Talk on Bias Against Asian Americans in University Admissions”
Southern California Public Radio will present a live taping of 89.3 KPCC-FM’s award-winning AirTalk
on Wednesday, Feb. 12, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Japanese American National Museum’s National
Center for the Preservation of Democracy, 111 N. Central Ave. (at First Street) in Little Tokyo.
The topic: “Is There Bias Against Asian Americans in University Admissions?”
Studies suggest that Asian American students at highly selective universities have mean SAT scores
considerably higher than their classmates, yet are rejected at a disproportionate rate.
2/6/14 Philly.com: “Report dispels ‘model-minority’ myth of Asian Americans”
by Julie Shaw
In a city already struggling with a high poverty rate, some Asian ethnic groups are faring worse than
About 41 percent of Cambodians in Philadelphia are in poverty, as are about 33 percent of Chinese
(not including those from Taiwan), and about 31 percent of Vietnamese.
In contrast, the poverty rate for Philadelphia as a whole was 25 percent in the Census Bureau’s 2006-10
American Community Survey estimates, used for the poverty figures.
The findings were highlighted in a new report, A Community of Contrasts: Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians
and Pacific Islanders in the Northeast, released yesterday by a consortium of Asian-American organizations.
2/3/14 Associated Press: “Scalia: Kidding yourself if you think internment camps won’t return”
By Audrey McAvoy
Honolulu: U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia told law students at the University of Hawaii on
Monday that the nation’s highest court was wrong to uphold the internment of Japanese-Americans during
World War II, but he wouldn’t be surprised if the court issued a similar ruling during a future conflict.
2/1/2014 Huffington Post: “Judge Laura Liu Slated as 1st Asian-American Appellate Court Justice”
Illinois crosses another historic milestone next week when the first Asian-American will officially step up to
the state appellate court.
Cook County Circuit Court Judge Laura Liu, a Chinese-American, will assume a seat on the Illinois first
appellate court district in Cook County on Monday, February 3.
1/30/14 The American Lawyer: “The Careerist: Asian American Associates Up, Black Associates Down”
by Vivia Chen, The Careerist
The NALP report on women and minorities for 2013 is fresh off the press, and, as usual, it’s fascinating,
if a bit depressing.
The bottom line: Overall gains by women and minority lawyers were negligible, though minority representation
among associates has been increasing for the last three years in a row. The positive news: Asian American
associate numbers continue to rise (from 9.39 percent in 2012 to 10.48 percent in 2013), accounting for the
lion’s share of the increase in minority associates. The negative news: black associate numbers are sliding
for the fourth year in a row (from 4.66 percent in 2009 to 4.10 percent in 2013).
1/26/14 New America Media: “The `Bamboo Ceiling’: Hollywood Shuns Asians, While New Media Embraces Them”
Commentary by Andrew Lam
In a recent New Yorker cartoon, a dog is shown lounging by a pool and saying to a pup: “Youtube’s one thing, but cats
will never make it on the big screen.” A funny commentary, surely, but in America that statement could just as easily be
applied to ethnic minorities, especially Asian Americans.
Cats and Asian Americans reign supreme on Youtube, but in Hollywood it’s another story: discrimination, stereotypes
and exclusion are the norm for Asians, both on television and the silver screen.
1/22/14 Salon: “Hooray for Joan Watson: Why well-rounded Asian-American characters matter;
Asian-American characters used to be a rarity on TV. “Elementary” and a few others are changing that”
by Estelle Tang
1/20/14 Time Magazine: “American Jailed in North Korea Asks for Help;
Missionary Kenneth Bae spoke in Pyongyang”
By Nate Rawlings
(AP) An American missionary who has been held in North Korea for more than a year spoke to reporters
in Pyongyang on Monday and asked the U.S. government to help secure his release.
1/17/14 University of Tennessee Daily Beacon: “Opinion: Sochi switch perpetuates Asian-American underrepresentation”
by Melissa Lee, Columnist
Last Saturday, when figure skater Mirai Nagasu placed third at the U.S. National Championships, she had every
reason to believe she had secured herself a position on the 2014 U.S. Olympic team. In Olympic years, after all, the
U.S. National Championships have acted as the figure skating Olympic trials, and the U.S. Figure Skating Association
has only ever disregarded their results four times in history ï¿½ each time because of an injury.
It was a surprise, then, when the three figure skaters representing the United States at the 2014 Sochi Olympic
Games were announced and in Nagasu’s stead was fourth place National Championships finisher, Ashley Wagner.
1/17/14 Newsday: “Branching out? GOP names Asian-American liaison”
by Yancey Roy
State Republicans have created a new post within the party structure to try to reach Asian Americans.
GOP Chairman Ed Cox on Friday named Oliver Tan, a former Pataki administration staffer, as the party’s
Director of Asian Pacific American Strategic Initiatives.
1/17/14 The Diplomat: “Mirai Nagasu Skating Controversy: Did Race Play a Part? Asian American denied a
spot on U.S. Olympic team despite finishing 3rd at nationals.”
By Samuel Chi
Do officials at U.S. Figure Skating have a penchant for blondes over brunettes?
After a controversial decision to put Ashley Wagner (along with Gracie Gold and Polina Edmunds) on the U.S.
Olympic figure skating team instead of Mirai Nagasu, some skating fans think that more than hair color played a
part. The decision was made a day after Wagner performed miserably and finished a distant fourth to Nagasuï¿½s
third at last weekï¿½s U.S. National Championships.
1/15/14 Slate: “Silent Technical Privilege: As a novice computer programmer, I always got the benefit of the doubt –
because I looked the part.”
By Philip Guo
I started programming when I was 5, first with Logo and then BASIC. The picture above is me, age 9
(with horrible posture). By the time this photo was taken, I had already written several BASIC games that I
distributed as shareware on our local BBS. I was fast growing bored, so my parents (both software engineers)
gave me the original dragon compiler textbook from their grad school days. That’s when I started learning C and
writing my own simple interpreters and compilers. My early interpreters were for BASIC, but by the time I entered
high school I had already created a self-hosting compiler for a nontrivial subset of C. Throughout most of high
school, I spent weekends coding in x86 assembly, obsessed with hand-tuning code for the newly released
Pentium II chips. When I started my freshman year at MIT as a computer science major, I already had over
10 years of programming experience. So I felt right at home there.
OK, all of the above was a lie.
1/14/14 New York Times: “As Parents Age, Asian-Americans Struggle to Obey a Cultural Code”
By Tanzina Vega
Souderton, Pa. ï¿½ In a country that is growing older and more diverse, elder care issues are playing out with
particular resonance for many Asian-Americans. The suicide rate for Asian-American and Pacific Islander women
over 75 is almost twice that of other women the same age. In 2012, 12.3 percent of Asian-Americans over 65 lived
in poverty, compared with 9.1 percent of all Americans over 65. Nearly three-quarters of the 17.3 million Asians
in the United States were born abroad, and they face the most vexing issues.
Language barriers and cultural traditions that put a premium on living with and caring for the elderly further
complicate the issue at a time when the population of older Asian-Americans is surging. According to the Administration
on Aging, an agency of the Health and Human Services Department, the number of Asian, Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders
over age 65 is expected to grow to 2.5 million by 2020 and 7.6 million by 2050, from fewer than one million in 2000.
1/7/14 CNN: “Who is Kenneth Bae, and why is he in a North Korean prison camp?”
By Chelsea J. Carter
Who is Kenneth Bae? And why is he being held by North Korea?
Those are the questions for many following the combative exchange Tuesday between Dennis Rodman and Chris Cuomo on CNN’s “New Day,” who asked whether the former NBA player was planning to inquire about Bae, a U.S. citizen sentenced to 15 years in a North Korean labor camp.
In response, Rodman, who is in North Korea with a team of fellow former NBA players, suggested the Korean-American had done something wrong, but did not specify what.
1/4/14 Asian American Press: “Dairy to pay $325,000 in sex, race discrimination settlement”
Mountainside, N.J. (Dec. 23, 2013) ï¿½ The U.S. Department of Laborï¿½s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs today announced that federal contractor Cream-O-Land Dairy Inc. has resolved claims of sex and race discrimination affecting 227 workers who applied for jobs at the companyï¿½s dairy plant in Florence, N.J.
An OFCCP review of the facility determined that the dairy company used a hiring process that violated Executive Order 11246 because it discriminated against women, African Americans and Asian Americans who applied for warehouse positions in 2010.
1/2/14 Northwest Asian Weekly: “Top 10 Asian American achievements of 2013”
By Nina Huang
Each year, certain people are recognized for their accomplishments in the Asian American communities. There were many incredible feats this year, so we grouped them into 10 accomplishments.
1. President Barack Obama awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom posthumously to the late Sen. Daniel Inouye in August. Inouye was the first Japanese American to serve in Congress, representing the people of Hawaii from the moment they joined the Union.
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