12/28/18 News India Times: “Sleeping Midwest Rising: 2018 has been a banner year for Indian-Americans seeking public office in the heartland of America”
12/27/18 Northwest Asian Weekly: “Top 10 Asian American and Asian achievements of 2018”
12/26/18 NBC News: “For second Congress in a row, elected Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders hit new high”
Dec 2018 Commentary: “The War on Asian Americans”
12/25/18 New York Times: “Nothing Is More American Than Chinese Food on Christmas”
12/18/18 NextShark: “Asian Men Allegedly Assaulted by Racist Woman Yelling ‘Ignorant Gooks’ in Philadelphia”
12/17/18 NBC News: “Advocates allege NYC school plan discriminates against Asian Americans”
12/17/18 Next Shark: “OC Vietnamese Americans Rally to Fight Against Trump’s Deportation of War Refugees”
12/15/18 South China Morning Post: “Death by stigma: the cancer myths that kill Asians”
12/15/18 New York Daily News: “De Blasio’s attempt to reduce the number of Asian-American students in the Discovery Program is unconstitutional”
12/15/18 South China Morning Post: “Video shows ‘shocking racist assault on Asian-American in New York subway by white woman Anna Lushchinskaya’”
12/14/18 National Review: “Challenge to Mayor de Blasio’s Anti-Asian American Scheme”
12/14/18 Bloomberg: “New Harvard Admissions Data May Help School Fight Bias Lawsuit”
12/14/18 Asian American Press: “Asian Pacific Caucus to form in Minnesota Legislature”
12/14/18 Cornell Sun: “Cornell Accepts 22.6 Percent of Early Decision Applicants for the Class of 2023”
12/14/18 9 News: “ER doctor says United Airlines staff questioned credentials during medical emergency on plane”
12/13/18 New York Post: “Asian-American civil rights groups, parents sue over school diversification plan”
12/13/18 Pacific Standard: “Does Trump’s Push to Deport Vietnamese Refugees Undermine the U.S. Corrections System?”
12/13/18 Spectrum News NY1: “Asian-American Parents File Lawsuit Against the City”
12/13/18 Harvard Crimson: “Harvard Admits 13.4 Percent of Early Applicants to Class of 2023”
12/12/18 The Atlantic: “Trump Moves to Deport Vietnam War Refugees”
12/11/18 Berkeleyside: “With a new crop of Asian-American officials, Berkeley sets a new record”
12/11/18 The Cambodia Daily: “Changes in Immigration Rules Ripple Through Asian-American Communities”
12/11/18 Washington Examiner: “Nimesh Patel learned nothing from getting kicked off stage by Columbia University students faking victimhood”
12/10/18 KCBS: “Widespread Outrage To Asian American Group Claim That They Were Denied Service At A South Bay Restaurant”
12/7/18 Mother Jones: “How the Asian American Backlash to Affirmative Action Went Viral”
12/7/18 The Stranger: “Anti-Racist Protesters Harass Gay Asian-American Journalist”
12/6/18 Clasp: “Asian-American Students Have Highest Amount of Unmet Financial Aid Need”
11/30/18 Asian Fortune: “Asian Americans Win Big In National, State and Local Elections”
11/30/18 Chicago Tribune: “A 25-year-old political newcomer in Indiana: ‘I’m used to being the only Asian person in the room'”
11/30/18 Washington Examiner: “Republicans target Asian-American voters to boost Trump’s 2020 prospects”
11/30/18 The Daily Signal: “Harvard Gives Asian-Americans Low ‘Personality’ Ratings to Justify Discrimination”
11/29/18 WOSU: “Tina Maharath Won A Seat In Ohio’s Legislature With No Help From Democrats”
11/28/18 Washington Post: “How a Chinese immigrant used WeChat to win a seat in the Maryland statehouse”
11/28/18 WTOP/Associated Press: “Test prep is a rite of passage for many Asian-Americans”
11/26/18 Inside Higher Ed: “The Reality of Asians and Higher Education Access”
11/26/18 NextShark: “15 Shocking Facts About Asian American History They Never Taught You in School”
11/26/18 The Chicago Maroon: “At Fed Soc Talk, Lawyer Suing Harvard Compares Anti-Asian Admissions Bias to a “Racist Taser””
11/24/18 Boston Globe “What’s next for Harvard’s affirmative action case? It’s complicated”
11/22/18 Bay State Banner: “Asian-American voters flock to Democratic party”
11/21/18 Above The Law: “Asian Americans v. Harvard: A Closer Look: What are the key issues in the case, and when can we expect a ruling?”
11/21/2018 Huffington Post: “America Is Ignoring A Huge Part Of Trump’s Crackdown On Immigrants: The deportation of Southeast Asian refugees is often overlooked”.
11/20/18 The Atlantic: “The App at the Heart of the Movement to End Affirmative Action; “WeChat is a monster. There’s nothing like it on Earth.””
11/19/18 Dallas Morning News: “Asian-Americans make history in 2018 midterm elections”
11/19/18 Inside Higher Ed: “New Front in Fight Over Affirmative Action: Lawsuit seeks information on candidates for admission throughout University of California campuses, seeking to demonstrate that race continues to be a factor in admissions”
11/18/18 Philippine Daily Inquirer: “Cary Fukunaga, first Asian-American to direct 007 film, talks about ‘Bond 25’”
11/17/2018 Stamford Daily Voice: “First Asian-American, ‘Activist’ Attorney General Elected To Statewide Office In Connecticut”
11/15/18 The Chronicle of Higher Education: “Who Else Will Get Sued Over Their Admissions Policies?”
11/15/18 Los Angeles Times: “UCLA professor wants to see data on whether UC illegally uses race in admissions decisions”
11/14/18 New York Post: “Parents plan lawsuit against school diversity proposal”
11/14/18 NJ.com: “Who is Andy Kim? Meet N.J.’s first Asian-American congressman”
11/14/18 NextShark: “Texas Man Arrested After Targeting Asian Women in Multiple Crimes”
11/14/18 India Post: “Asian Americans Make Historic Gains in Illinois”
11/13/18 NPR: “Asian-American High School Seniors Closely Watching Harvard Affirmative Action Case”
11/13/18 NPR: “As College Apps Are Due, Asian-American High Schoolers Consider Affirmative Action”
11/12/18 KRON: “Chinese-American veterans seek recognition”
11/9/18 Inquirer.net: “Deeply dissatisfied with Trump, Asian Americans chose Dems”
11/9/18 WBUR: “In The Harvard Affirmative-Action Lawsuit, No One Wins”
11/8/18 Huffington Post: “2 Immigrants Become First Asian-Americans Elected To New York State Senate”
11/7/18 Los Angeles Times: “Vietnamese American candidates score big in Orange County elections”
11/7/18 Next Shark: “Young Kim Becomes First Korean-American Woman to Join U.S. House of Representatives”
11/6/18 The Independent US: “Midterms 2018: How Asian American voters are ‘coming of age’ this election cycle – especially in ‘red’ states”
11/3/18 CNN: “Harvard affirmative action trial arguments come to a close”
11/3/18 KTLA: “In Harvard Affirmative Action Trial, Plaintiffs Says Stereotypes of Asian Americans Result in Biased Admissions Process”
11/2/18 The Weekly Standard: “The 20 Arguments For Discriminating Against Asian Americans . . . and Why They’re Wrong”
11/2/18 The National Interest: “Stop Using Diversity to Justify Racism at Harvard”
11/2/18 USA Today: “Harvard shouldn’t punish Asian-American students for working too hard, achieving too much”
11/1/18 NBC News: “10 Congressional races where Asian Americans could make a difference”
11/1/18 South China Morning Post: “Getting out the vote: Asian-Americans a target group for US midterm election campaigns”
11/1/18 Harvard Crimson: “McGrath Grilled Over How And When Harvard Added Written Rules On Race to Admissions Policies”
10/31/18 The Daily Caller: “Opinion: Asian Americans Shall Not be Victimized Again By Race-Based Policies”
10/31/18 NBC News: “The NFL’s first Filipino-American quarterback’s next challenge is the Hall of Fame”
10/31/18 The Cornell Review: “Affirmative Action: An Unfair Means of Discrimination”
10/30/18 Texas Monthly: “Here’s How Asian American Texans Could Affect Next Week’s Election”
10/30/18 Minding the Campus: Education Journals Show Bias in Favor of Harvard in Lawsuit
10/26/18 Breitbart: “Harvard Asian Discrimination Trial Day 9: Duke Economist Condemns Affirmative Action”
10/25/18 Bloomberg: “Harvard’s Own Admissions Chart Comes Back to Haunt It in Trial”
10/23/18 CNN: “Asian-Americans should be angry about allegations against Harvard”
10/23/18 NextShark: “Asian American Frat at Cal Poly Banned for 2 Years Over Dangerous Hazing Rituals”
10/21/18 Next Big Future: “Race Discrimination reduces Asian American top college entrance by half”
Ivy league schools have 15-22% Asian enrollment versus 40-50% at top universities without race discrimination.
Caltech is a top school that does not discriminate based on race and Asian Americans are over 40% of the students admitted to Caltech. UC Berkeley does not discriminate based on race and it has Asian American enrollment at 42.3 percent. At UCSD (UC San Diego), 50% of undergrads are Asian. At UCLA, 40% of undergrads are Asian.
10/19/18 The Harvard Crimson: “Asian-American Harvard Applicants Saw Lowest Admit Rate of Any Racial Group From 1995 to 2013”
By Shera S. Avi-Yonah and Molly C. McCafferty
Over a nearly two-decade period starting in 1995, Asian-American applicants to Harvard saw the lowest acceptance rate of any racial group that applied to the school, according to data presented in court Thursday as part of the Harvard admissions trial.
Data for that time period — which begins with the admissions cycle for applicants to Harvard’s Class of 2000 and ends with the cycle for the Class of 2017 — show that Asian-American candidates on average saw an admission rate of 8.1 percent. By comparison, white applicants saw an average acceptance rate of 11.1 percent in that time period, African-American applicants saw an average acceptance rate of 13.2 percent, and Hispanic-American applicants saw an average acceptance rate of 10.6 percent.
The analysis showed that Native-American and Native-Hawaiian students saw an average acceptance rate of 10.4 percent in that time period — but the statistic is likely less meaningful given the relatively small pool of applicants hailing from those racial backgrounds. Significantly fewer Native Americans and Native Hawaiians applied to the College each year than did members of other racial groups.
On average, 4,910 Asian-American, 1,938 African-American, 2,082 Hispanic-American, and 8,685 white students applied to Harvard in any given year included in the dataset. Just 233 Native-American and Native Hawaiian students did the same.
The average acceptance rate overall during the time period covered by the dataset clocked in at 9.3 percent. Asian-Americans were the only racial group whose acceptance rate dips below that average.
The numbers also show how the pool of prospective applicants to Harvard has changed since the mid-1990s.
From 1994 to 2014, Harvard saw a 257 percent increase in applications from African-American students and a 208 percent increase in applications from Hispanic-American students. The number of Asian-American applicants increased by 94 percent and the number of white applicants increased by 63 percent.
The acceptance rates for every single racial group decreased during that time period — consistent with the fact that the Harvard admissions process has grown increasingly competitive in recent years. In 2018, the College saw an acceptance rate below 5 percent for the first time in school history.
But the acceptance rates for all racial groups did not fall at the same rate. African-American applicants saw the steepest decline — their acceptance rates fell by 12.4 percentage points over 18 years. In the 1995-1996 admissions cycle, 19.2 percent of African-American Harvard hopefuls earned a spot at the College; in the 2012-2013 cycle, just 6.8 percent of African-American applicants did so.
Hispanic-Americans saw the second-steepest decline of 8.9 percentage points, while white students saw a decline of 5.4 percentage points. Asian-American applicants saw the smallest decrease: their acceptance rate fell by just 3.6 percentage points in that time period.
The overall decline in acceptance rates for all students measured 5.6 percentage points.
The relatively large decrease in acceptance rates for African-American and Hispanic-American applicants likely reflects the fact that Harvard has increased its outreach efforts to communities of color over the past few years. Admissions officers regularly conduct “extensive outreach to minority applicants” as part of the Undergraduate Minority Recruitment Program, according to Harvard-submitted court documents.
Overall, the data shows, admit rates for applicants of all races have grown increasingly similar over the past two decades or so. And all racial group-specific acceptance rates have inched closer to Harvard’s overall acceptance rate.
10/18/18 Vox: “I support affirmative action. But Harvard really is hurting Asian Americans”
10/18/18 Slate: “Why Some Asian-American Groups Are Supporting a Conservative Effort to Attack Affirmative Action”
10/17/18 NextShark: “Asian American Voters Have the Highest Rejection Rates in Georgia”
10/17/18 New York Post: “Harvard’s gatekeeper reveals SAT cutoff scores based on race”
A Harvard University dean testified that the school has different SAT score standards for prospective students based on factors such as race and sex — but insisted that the practice isn’t discriminatory, as a trial alleging racism against Asian-American applicants began this week.
Dean of admissions William Fitzsimmons said Harvard sends recruitment letters to African-American, Native American and Hispanic high schoolers with mid-range SAT scores, around 1100 on math and verbal combined out of a possible 1600, CNN reported.
Asian-Americans only receive a recruitment letter if they score at least 250 points higher — 1350 for women, and 1380 for men.
Fitzsimmons explained a similar process for white wannabe students in states that don’t see a lot of Harvard attendees, like Montana or Nevada. Students in those states would receive a recruitment letter if they had at least a 1310 on their SATs.
10/17/18 Wall Street Journal: “Harvard Admissions Dean Largely Ignored Report on Factors Affecting Asian-American Applicants”
Asian-Americans would comprise 43% of the freshman class if admission hinged solely on academics
By Melissa Korn
BOSTON—Were admission to Harvard based solely on academic merit, Asian-Americans would comprise 43% of the freshman class, while African-Americans would make up less than 1%, according to an internal Harvard report discussed at a trial here Wednesday.
The internal study, conducted by Harvard’s Office of Institutional Research and labeled as preliminary, simulated what the admitted class would look like depending on which factors Harvard’s admissions office considered. The upshot: Asian-Americans fared best when the class was crafted based on academics alone. The share of Asian-Americans shrinks to 31.4% when recruited athletes and the children of Harvard graduates are factored in. When extracurricular and personal ratings also come into play, the share of Asian-Americans drops to 26%.
Asian-Americans were the only racial or ethnic group to see a decrease in their projected class representation with the inclusion of extra-curriculars and personal ratings.
The report shows that the actual admitted-student population, which also considers race, gender and other factors not in the internal simulations, was 18.7% Asian-American and 10.5% African-American combined across the decade that was reviewed.
The report’s introductory pages said the topics to be studied included, among others, affordability for low-income students, the impact of the engineering program on the gender balance of students and “Does the admissions process disadvantage Asians?”
When admissions dean William Fitzsimmons received the report in 2013, according to his testimony Wednesday, he followed up on discussions about the impact of financial-aid programs and changes to early admissions policies. He said he didn’t follow up on the section about whether certain factors put Asians at a disadvantage and didn’t pass the report along to the university’s president or other top university officials.
The Office of Institutional Research indicated in its report that further details around the personal rating, which reviews factors including teacher and counselor recommendations, essays and interviews, “may provide further insight.”
The personal rating is one of four broad areas that admissions officers consider, alongside academics, athletics and extracurriculars. Applicants also receive an overall rating.
10/15/18 NextShark: “Asian American Groups Get Into Heated Clash During Harvard Affirmative Action Protest”
10/15/18 The College Fix: “Hundreds rally in Boston to demand Harvard end discrimination against Asian Americans”
10/15/18 The New Yorker: “The Rise and Fall of Affirmative Action”
10/14/18 Washington Post: “We’re here to say no’: Asian-American critics rally against Harvard admissions policy”
10/14/18 Politico: “GOP courts Asian-Americans with drive to end affirmative action”
10/12/18 Los Angeles Times: “Does Harvard discriminate against Asians? In a case that could upend college admissions, the Ivy League goes on trial”
10/12/18 NPR: “California Democrats Hope Asian-American Voters Can Help Flip Red Districts”
10/12/18 CNN: “‘We don’t have representation:’ This Texas Democrat is counting on the Asian vote”
10/12/18 Boston Globe: “Cambridge author Celeste Ng details misogynistic harassment she and other prominent Asian-American women face”
10/11/18 New Yorker: “Anti-Asian Bias, Not Affirmative Action, Is on Trial in the Harvard Case”
10/10/18 Forbes: “Should I Tell Colleges I Am Asian-American? Yes”
10/10/18 WBUR: “In Southern California, Key House Races Could Come Down to Asian American Voters”
10/10/18 NBC News: “Asian-American voter enthusiasm up despite little contact from parties, survey finds”
10/6/18 PR Newswire: “Thousands of Asian Americans to Rally in Boston to Protest Harvard’s Unlawful Discrimination”
10/6/18 San Jose Mercury News: “Civil right groups threaten to sue Sunnyvale if it doesn’t switch to district council elections”
10/5/18 Refinery 29: “Asian-American, Immigrant & Republican, Too”
9/29/18 The Aerogram: “When Rioters Drove South Asians Out of Bellingham”
9/29/18 South China Morning Post: “Lawsuit accusing Harvard of bias against Asian-Americans heads to trial [October 15]”
9/28/18 The Daily Pennsylvanian: “Study finds Asian Americans are more likely to be made CEOs of struggling companies”
9/26/18 Forbes: “Yale Is Under Federal Investigation For Alleged Discrimination Against Asian-Americans”
9/26/18 Politico: “Trump administration probes complaint that Yale discriminates against Asian-Americans”
9/26/18 Newsy: “Asian-Americans Are Often Hired To Save Companies — Here’s Why”
9/26/18 Washington Post: “Stewart seeks Asian support by vowing to fight racial preference in college admissions”
Virginia Republican Corey A. Stewart courted Asian American voters in his struggling Senate campaign Monday by vowing to champion efforts to stop selective universities and colleges fromusing race as a factor in admissions.
Stewart said that if he unseats Sen. Tim Kaine (D) on Nov. 6, he would introduce legislation prohibiting institutions of higher learning from considering a student’s race if those schools receive federal money.
Kaine’s campaign declined to comment.
9/24/18 Inside Higher Education: “The 2018 Surveys of Admissions Leaders: The Pressure Grows”
Almost half of college admissions directors said they believe some colleges hold Asian American applicants to higher standards for admission than they hold other applicants.
Thirty-nine percent of admissions directors said that, at their college, Asian American applicants who are admitted have higher grades and test scores than do other admitted applicants.
9/24/18 The New Republic: “A proposal to integrate New York City’s top public high schools would be a boon to black and Latinx students—and a disaster for Asians”
9/22/18 Houston Chronicle: “Houstonians respond to Asian-Americans being increasingly targeted in economic espionage cases”
9/22/18 South China Morning Post: “Ivy League affirmative action case divides US Chinese community”
9/21/18 NPR: “Fake Poster Leads To McDonald’s Asian-American Marketing Campaign”
9/21/18 Baltimore Sun: “In Baltimore’s forgotten Chinatown, a new festival will celebrate Asian-American history and culture”
9/20/18 Quora: “Why does Harvard rate Asian Americans low on personality traits?”
9/20/18 The Heritage Foundation: “Racial Discrimination at Harvard University and America’s “Elite” Institutions”
9/20/18 The College Fix: “Harvard requests its past history of anti-Semitism be ignored in Asian-American discrimination case”
9/19/18 Duke Chronicle: “No Asians need apply?”
9/19/18 The Daily Californian: “UC Berkeley diversity plan sparks criticism from Asian American advocacy group”
9/18/18 Forbes: “Despite Successful Minority Stereotype, Asian-Americans Face Worse Retirement Crisis Than Whites”
9/18/18 Think Progress: “Racist mailer targets Asian-American candidate in New Jersey”
9/17/18 The Federalist: “Left To Asian-Americans: Don’t Complain About University Discrimination Or We’ll Call You White”
9/15/18 Carbonated: “Asian-American Candidate Attacked In Racist Fish Market Mailers”
9/15/18 Next Shark: “Planned Parenthood Names First Asian-American Doctor and Immigrant as President”
9/14/18 National Geographic: “Asian-Americans Make Up Most of the New U.S. Immigrant Population”
9/14/18 The Chronicle of Higher Education: “Will Students Testify in the Case Against Harvard’s Race-Conscious Admissions Procedures?”
9/14/18 Yahoo Lifestyle: “‘She can’t see — that’s why she can’t drive’: Asian-American woman films woman’s racist tirade in parking lot”
9/14/18 Daily Mail: “‘She’s Asian, she can’t see’: Moment white American racially abuses Asian-born woman in Portland during minor row over a parking space”
9/14/18 Savannah Morning News (Washington Post): “Before Asian Americans sued Harvard, the school tried restricting the number of Jews”
9/13/18 Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: “Court cases show Asian-American affirmative action double standard”
9/11/18 NextShark: “Meet the Forgotten Asian-American Hero of 9/11”
9/6/18 South Coast Today: “Race-based school criteria roils Asian-Americans — again”
9/4/18 National Geographic: “How Indian Americans Came to Run Half of All U.S. Motels”
8/31/18 National Review: “Harvard wants to discriminate among its applicants on racial grounds”
8/30/18 Wall Street Journal: “Justice Department Says Harvard Hurts Asian Americans’ Admissions Prospects With ‘Personal Rating’; Government calls rating ‘vague and elusory’ in filing in closely-watched affirmative-action lawsuit”
The U.S. Department of Justice says Harvard University puts Asian-American applicants at a disadvantage through the school’s use of a subjective “personal rating” in the admissions process, according to a new court filing in a federal lawsuit challenging the legality of affirmative action.
The statement of interest filed Thursday by the Justice Department supported the claims made by the plaintiffs, who have sued Harvard for allegedly limiting the number of Asian-American students it admits and holding them to a higher standard than students of other races.
In criticizing the personal rating, the Justice Department was referring to one component of Harvard’s undergraduate admissions process that evaluates applicants based, in part, on a subjective assessment of character traits.
Lawyers for the Justice Department said the personal rating reflects racial stereotypes that Asian-American applicants are less “likeable” and hurts their chances of admission despite their higher academic ratings.
“The vague and elusory ‘personal rating’ may be infected with racial bias against Asian Americans,” the Justice Department wrote in the filing.
The government said in the filing that Harvard acknowledged it tends to score Asian-American applicants lower on the personal rating but couldn’t explain why, representing an “intentional and unexplained use of race” in the admissions process. It said the school’s practice defies Supreme Court decisions requiring schools to consider race in a “narrowly tailored” way to achieve diversity.
This summer, the Justice and Education Departments jointly began directing schools to adopt race-neutral admissions standards, reversing Obama-era guidance that encouraged the use of race to promote diversity.
The Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division has also opened its own investigation into the use of race in Harvard’s admissions practices. A Justice Department official said Thursday that the investigation is still ongoing and could result in a separate lawsuit or administrative proceedings.
The government said in its court filing Thursday it has a “substantial interest” in the lawsuit’s outcome because it could affect the Justice Department’s investigation, as well as the interpretation and scope of multiple federal anti-discrimination laws.
Thursday’s filing also echoed the plaintiffs’ other legal arguments, including that Harvard sets racial quotas and has failed to consider race-neutral alternatives.
The Justice Department said Harvard’s “constant monitoring and manipulation” of the racial makeup of its incoming class—at multiple stages of the admissions process—is akin to illegal racial balancing. The Supreme Court has said universities cannot build a freshman class with specified percentage targets for each racial group, but it has allowed universities to consider race as a factor in admissions to obtain the benefits of a diverse student body.
8/30/18 Los Angeles Times: “Read the Justice Department statement supporting Asian American students in their suit against Harvard”
8/30/18 ABC News: “Trump administration backs Asian-Americans in Harvard discrimination case”
8/30/18 Harvard Crimson: “Justice Department Says Harvard Illegally Discriminates Against Asian American Applicants”
8/30/18 Washington Post: “Justice Department criticizes Harvard’s admissions practices in affirmative action case alleging bias against Asian Americans”
8/29/18 Associated Press, Durango Herald: “Race-based school criteria roils Asian-Americans – again”
8/28/18 NBC News: “There hasn’t been a Korean American in Congress since 1999. Come November, there could be 4”
8/23/18 The Atlantic: “One Way That Crazy Rich Asians Is a Step Backward”
8/23/18 Next Shark: “Sheriff’s Review Board Finds Killing of Vietnamese American Student Carrying a Pen ‘Justified’”
8/22/18 People: “Why ‘To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before’ Author Jenny Han Had to Fight for an Asian American Star”
8/22/18 Bowery Boogie: “Why the Chinatown Jail Proposal is a Terrible Idea”
8/22/18 South China Morning Post: “‘Maybe if I wasn’t Asian’: Star Wars actress Kelly Marie Tran strikes back at online racists in powerful essay”
8/21/18 AsAm News: “Opposition Builds to Plan to Put Jail in Chinatown”
8/20/18 Washington Post: “Critics’ qualm with ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ isn’t a flaw. It’s a feature”
8/17/18 ABC News: “‘Crazy Rich Asians’ stars, author on making the film and the representation of Asian-Americans in Hollywood”
8/16/18 Queens Chronicle: “Liu talks primary rematch with Avella”
8/16/18 Huffington Post: “Michigan Lawmaker Apologizes For Racial Slurs Against Asian Opponent”
8/16/18 East Bay Times: “Opinion: Anti-Asian prejudice rears ugly head in Alameda”
8/16/18 Detroit Metro Times: “Detroit Rep. Bettie Cook Scott on Asian opponent: ‘Don’t vote for the ching-chong!'”
8/13/18 The New Yorker: “How to Watch “Crazy Rich Asians” Like an Asian-American”
8/13/18 King’s County Politics: “Bklyn’s Chinese Community Tell Their Side Of Infamous Nail Salon Brawl”
8/12/18 Chicago Tribune: “The complex history of Asian Americans in movies, from the silent era to ‘Crazy Rich Asians'”
8/11/18 Forbes: “Why Aren’t There More Asian Leaders? Strategies To Shatter The Bamboo Ceiling”
8/10/18 The Daily Signal: “Asian-American Parents in Montgomery County, Maryland Join Forces to Fight for ‘Education Fairness'”
8/10/18 Wall Street Journal: “‘Diversity’ Looks a Lot Like Old-Fashioned Discrimination: I was barred from top law firms as a Harvard student in the ’60s. Today Asians face similar prejudice”
By Michael Blechman
Since my experience in 1965, all of the firms at which I had interviewed have overcome their prejudices and now hire and promote Jewish lawyers, as well as women, blacks, Hispanics and Asians. Kaye Scholer became similarly diverse.
Yet as the old kind of discrimination has died out, a new form has emerged—this time under the banner of “diversity.”
A continuing suit against my alma mater is a case in point. According to Students for Fair Admissions, a group representing Asian-American Harvard applicants who have been denied admission, an Asian-American applicant with a 25% chance of admission would, on the very same record, have a 35% chance if he were white and a 95% chance if he were African-American. Furthermore, Harvard’s admissions team has allegedly justified its rejection of qualified Asian-American applicants by giving negative assessments of their character traits. The result, according to the plaintiff, is a de facto quota for Asian-Americans—very much like the express quota of 20% imposed by Harvard on the number of Jews it would admit in the 1920s.
8/9/18 New York Times: “They Left China to Chase the American Dream. Now They’re Fighting Affirmative Action”
8/9/18 Inside HigherEd: “Did Trump Call Most Chinese Students Spies?”
8/8/18 Newsweek: “How Constance Wu and ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ are Changing the Game for Asian Americans in Hollywood”
8/8/18 Washington Examiner: “Asians speak up about affirmative action’s failures”
8/8/18 CBS46: “Sandra Oh’s Emmy nomination represents a new wave in Hollywood”
8/8/18 Teen Vogue: “Yellowface, Whitewashing, and the History of White People Playing Asian Characters”
8/7/18 New York Times: “A Nail Salon Brawl Opened a Racial Rift Online. In Brooklyn, the Mood Is Calmer”
8/7/18 Washington Examiner: “The new face of racism is an Asian woman blinded by identity politics”
8/7/18 Gothamist: “Police Looking For Guy Who Spray-Painted ‘Chinese C—s Stink Like Fish’ On Five Brooklyn Locations”
8/6/18 Fox5NY: “Anti-Asian slurs painted on walls in Brooklyn”
8/5/18 Wall Street Journal: “Harvard’s Education in Discrimination: A lawsuit is revealing the secrets of race in admissions”
By The Editorial Board
Consider Harvard’s “holistic” admissions review. Applicants are rated on a scale of one to six on academics, extracurricular activities, athletics and highly subjective “personal” criteria. Admissions officers also assign applicants an overall score.
According to Students for Fair Admissions, Asian-Americans boasted higher extracurricular and academic ratings than all other racial groups. They also received higher scores from alumni interviewers. But they were rated disproportionately lower on personal criteria. Only about one in five Asian-Americans in the top 10% of academic performers received a “2” personal rating. Yet blacks and Hispanics with much lower grades and SAT scores received high personal ratings.
Asian-Americans also disproportionately received lower composite scores. Blacks in the top 10% of academic performers were three times more likely than Asian-Americans to receive a “2” overall rating (“1” is the best). A sample of applicant summary sheets disproportionately refer to Asian-Americans as “busy and bright” and “standard strong”—labels that liberals might call micro-aggressions.
Following complaints of discrimination, Harvard’s Office of Institutional Research (OIR) in 2013 produced three internal reports showing its admissions process was biased against Asian-Americans. Harvard disclosed the reports during discovery in the lawsuit. One report found that purely “demographic” factors reduced the share of admitted Asian-Americans by 30% while increasing the proportion of admitted Latinos by about 140% and blacks by 370%.
OIR shared its studies with Harvard administrators who did not ask the researchers questions, suggest further investigation or publish the findings. Were administrators unperturbed or merely uninterested?
8/4/18 Press Release: Long-Suppressed Department of Education Study Says: SHSAT Predicts Academic Success
The Chinese American Citizens Alliance of Greater New York (CACAGNY) is pleased that the just released NYC Department of Education study completed in 2013 found that the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT) predicts well whether students will succeed in the Specialized High Schools.
Metis Analytics conducted this study using five years of admissions data, from 2005 to 2009, and followed the performance of admitted and unaccepted students for the first two years of high school following admission. The data show that those who passed the SHSAT and gained admission to the Specialized High Schools performed far better in a variety of measures than those who did not gain admission.
New York City Mayor DeBlasio has had this study for years, and suppressed the information. While Mayor DeBlasio said again and again that the test is unfair and biased, that the test does a poor job of selecting top students, and that the test should be replaced by multiple criteria, he had a study proving the opposite. His Education Chancellor repeated the same criticism of the test, saying that a single test is not valid for determining top high school students.
CACAGNY President Wai Wah Chin said, “We are glad that this study confirms that the SHSAT, an objective, competitive academic test, does an excellent job finding top-performing students. If the SHSAT did not find the top-performing students, other schools, not the Specialized High Schools, would have been the top high schools in New York City. Those schools, not the Specialized High Schools, would have produced 14 Nobel Prize winners, would have had the highest Regents and SAT scores, would have had the long list of accomplished alumni in science and technology, business, the professions, and politics. That’s just plain commonsense. We must keep the Hecht-Calandra as it is.”
CACAGNY First Vice President and Education Chair David Lee said, “It’s an outrageous scandal that Mayor DeBlasio hid from the public for more than four years a study proving the validity of the SHSAT, while he led a political campaign to eliminate the SHSAT, a campaign that does nothing to address his titanic educational failures in Black and Hispanic communities.”
8/3/18 Resonate: “You’d be crazy to miss this month’s five Asian films we’ve been searching for”
8/3/18 NextShark: “Police Now Looking for Man Who Shoved Asian American Onto Subway Tracks in NYC”
8/3/18 NBC News: “Asian-American groups take opposing sides in Harvard affirmative action case”
8/3/18 Washington Post: “‘Asian, ew gross’: How the ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ movie could help change stereotypes about Asian men”
8/2/18 Breitbart: “Economists: Statistics Prove that Harvard Discriminates Against Asian-Americans”
8/2/18 USA Today: “Constance Wu calls ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ ‘historic’: ‘We all have a story'”
8/2/18 WBUR: “New Play Tells Little-Known Story Of 1st Chinese Woman To Set Foot In U.S.”
8/2/18 The College Fix: “Asian-American groups accuse Harvard of killing their children with ‘holistic’ admissions”
8/2/18 Inkstone: “How cultural differences contribute to the bamboo ceiling”
8/1/18 South China Morning Post: “The traits that make US firms less likely to hire Hong Kong Chinese over white applicants, according to Stanford study”
8/1/18 The College Fix: “Economists approve statistical model that finds Harvard discriminates against Asians”
Having reviewed both Arcidiacono’s and Card’s work, the five economists sided with the former’s conclusion that the personal ratings are biased:
Asian-American applicants in the top academic decile are less likely to receive a high personal-rating score than white applicants in the top 50%. This remarkable racial disparity does not appear in the personal ratings given by alumni who actually interview applicants.
Arcidiacono “reasonably concludes” that non-racial factors can’t explain the lower personal-rating scores, they said: Asian-Americans would have a 20 percent better chance of scoring the highest or second-highest personal rating if they were treated the same as whites.
The economists point to “highly suspect patterns in the observed data” as evidence of bias in the personal-rating scores.
“Asian-American applicants clearly outperform other applicants in the academic measures,” and they score similarly to whites on non-academic measures while “generally” performing better than African Americans and Hispanics. They are lower in only two ways: personal rating and athletics.
The low personal ratings stand in contrast to the tendency of applicants with strong academic ratings to also have higher non-academic ratings “across all dimensions, regardless of race,” according to the economists:
Inexplicably, the most academically competitive Asian Americans do much worse in Harvard’s personal-rating score than do academically similar applicants of other races. … In other words, personal-rating scores make the top-performing Asian-American applicants less competitive while making other top-performing applicants more competitive.
Because only applicants with at least the second-highest rating on both the personal and academic scores get admitted, this curtails Asian-American admissions.
The economists also note the curiosity of the racial distribution of the personal scores. Quoting Arcidiacono, they say: “In every academic decile, African Americans have the highest share” of applicants scoring at that second-highest or highest score, “followed by Hispanics, then whites, then Asian Americans.” This suggests Harvard “puts significant weight on race in assigning personal ratings.” . . . . . . . . . .
Both Duke economist Arcidiacono and Harvard’s Office of Institutional Research found that Asians had a strikingly lower admission rate than whites, blacks and Hispanics going back to at least 2007, despite the fact that Asians outscored every other group on the SAT.
Arcidiacono further found the Asian-American admission rate was even lower than the total admission rate, going back to the class of 2000. “This stagnancy” in the Asian share of the Harvard population, between 18 and 21 percent, occurred as the Asian-American population boomed, NAS said.
8/1/18 Yahoo: “Hollywood Wanted a White Actress to Lead Crazy Rich Asians —So Author Kevin Kwan Fought Back”
8/1/18 Bloomberg: “Harvard Admissions Suit Gets Support From Asian American Groups”
7/31/18 Variety: “Despite Diversity Push, Women and Minorities Aren’t Getting Better Movie Roles (Study)”
7/31/18 The Quint: “Democratic Party Names Indian-American Seema Nanda as DNC CEO”
7/31/18 Tablet: “Race Quotas and Class Privilege at Harvard: Meme Wars: Who gets in, and why?”
7/30/18 NBC News: “‘It’s not a movie:’ Why ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ wants to be more than just another rom-com”
7/30/18 The Guardian: “Ant-Man’s Agent Woo: do superhero films have a sidekick race problem?”
7/30/18 Huffington Post: “Welcome To The Summer Of Asian-American Rom Coms”
7/29/18 Nikkei Asian Review: “Asian-Americans’ rise through the US military ranks — in charts”
7/26/18 Northwest Asian Weekly: “The Asian American vote”
7/26/18 Huffington Post: “Iconic Japanese-American Activist Whose Work Led To Reparations Dies At 93”
7/23/18 NextShark: “Asian Community Stands By Asian American Activist Couple Days After Racist Attack”
7/22/18 NBC News: “How a Chinese cook helped establish Yosemite and the National Park Service”
7/18/18 Rafu Shimpo: “Asian American Stand-Up Series ‘Comedy InvAsian’ to Stream Exclusively on Hulu”
7/14/18 ABC News: “Nearly 100 Indian American candidates running for office in this year’s midterm elections”
7/14/18 Salon: “The fight against affirmative action at Harvard could threaten rich whites”
7/13/18 New York Times: “John Liu Plots a Comeback Trail, Targeting a Renegade Democrat”
7/11/18 Minding the Campus: “Harvard, Not Trump, Could Kill Affirmative Action”
7/11/18 NBC News: “Asian Americans now most economically divided group in U.S., report finds”
7/10/18 Asian Fortune: “The Year of Women Candidates”
7/10/18 NBC News: “San Francisco’s housing crisis puts pressure on historic Asian enclaves”
7/9/18 Winchester (VA) Star: Our Views: “Land of opportunity? Try telling Asian kids in NYC”
7/8/18 NextShark: “Korean American Rapper Allegedly Kicked Off JetBlue Flight Because He’s ‘Asian With Tattoos’”
7/6/18 India West: “Five State Legislative Candidates Endorsed by Indian American Impact Fund”
7/6/18 Christian Science Monitor: “‘Keep the test!’ A debate flares over exam-based public high schools”
7/5/18 The Federalist: “Asian Americans Are The Tipping Point For Rejecting Affirmative Action”
7/4/18 Huffington Post: “Why I’ll Still Put ‘Asian’ On College Applications Even If It Costs Me Admission”
7/4/18 New York Times: “‘A Huge Blind Spot’: Why New York Asians Feel Overlooked”
7/4/18 Indian Express: “Asian-American group hails rescinding of Obama-era admission guidelines”
7/3/18 CNN: “Liberals can’t handle the Asian factor in affirmative action”
7/3/18 The Week: “How and why elite colleges should pass the buck on social justice”
7/2/18 Wall Street Journal: “Will New York’s Mayor Erase Real Diversity?”
7/1/18 Wall Street Journal: “About Harvard’s Asian-American Applicants”
6/29/18 Iowa State Daily: “Shaw: Hollywood discriminates against Asian Americans”
6/29/18 The Undefeated: “Just stop with the slanted-eye racist gestures”
6/29/18 Glamour: “The DNC Is Betting on a Woman Boss to Turn the Midterms Blue”
6/28/18 The New Republic: “The Echoes of Chinese Exclusion”
6/27/18 Quillette: “Bill de Blasio’s Plan to Displace Asians In New York’s Top Schools”
6/27/18 The New Yorker: “Why Asian-Americans Feel Powerless in the Battle over New York’s Élite High Schools”
6/26/18 The Chicago Tribune: “Commentary: Betrayed Asian-Americans should turn their backs on Democrats”
6/26/18 Commentary: “The Ugly Condescension of the Enlightened”
(The New York Times editorial board’s “condescension toward Asian students in their families”)
6/26/18 NPR: “In Travel Ban Ruling, High Court Repudiates Notorious Japanese Internment Case”
6/25/18 NBC News: “What is WeChat? Chinese-language app could be fueling Chinese-American conservatism”
6/25/18 The National Review: “Harvard’s Admissions Bigotry — A Partial Theory”
6/25/18 New York Times: “Harvard Is Wrong That Asians Have Terrible Personalities”
6/25/18 Huffington Post: “Asian-American GOP Official Says Party Members Have Called Her ‘Ch*nk’”
6/25/18 The Boston Globe: “The true mission of the lawsuit against Harvard”
6/24/18 New York Times: “Confronting Asian-American Stereotypes”
6/24/18 Los Angeles Times: “Asian Americans need to wise up and end our blind loyalty to the Democratic Party”
6/23/18 San Jose Mercury News: “Opinion: K-Pop stars are redefining mainstream for Asian American youth”
6/23/18 Harvard Crimson: “Harvard Admissions Officers Specifically Trained on ‘Use of Race’”
6/22/18 Next Shark: “New Netflix Film is One of the First Films Led By an Asian American Woman in 25 Years”
6/21/18 Bloomberg: “Which Races Should Benefit, at the Expense of Which Others?”
6/21/18 Next Shark: “Asian American Rom-Com ‘Kat Loves LA’ Crowdfunds for a Second Season”
6/19/18 The Federalist: “Asian-Americans Are Finally Cluing Into The Racism Underlying Identity Politics”
6/19/18 New York Post: “Harvard’s secret system to avoid ‘too many Asians’”
6/19/18 The Atlantic: “Harvard’s Impossible Personality Test”
6/19/18 National Review: “Harvard’s Ongoing Anti-Asian-American Micro-Aggression”
6/19/18 Huffington Post: “Asian-Americans In NYC Rally Around Dad Who Was Detained At Green Card Interview”
6/18/18 Inside HigherEd: “Smoking Gun on Anti-Asian Bias at Harvard? Internal reports, released by those suing the university, show use of personality rankings in ways that hurt Asian applicants’ chances of admission. Under academic criteria only, their numbers would go way up”
By Scott Jaschik
That’s because the documents suggest that Harvard was aware that Asian-Americans are the primary group feeling “negative effects” of various admissions policies. The suit was brought by a group called Students for Fair Admissions, and it charges Harvard with using affirmative action policies that go beyond those legally permitted by several Supreme Court decisions. To the extent that the documents indicate substantially different admissions standards (for academic achievement) for applicants from different racial and ethnic groups, the evidence could be significant. The consideration of personality factors appears to substantially disadvantage Asian-American applicants. . . .
But some of the internal documents Harvard was forced to provide the plaintiffs suggest that Asian applicants may be at a disadvantage even when other factors are considered. Take, for example, low-income status, defined by Harvard as family income less than $60,000 a year. All groups that apply to Harvard are more likely to be admitted if they are from low-income families than from other families. But the rate is lower for Asian-American applicants from low-income families than it is for all other domestic groups. And low-income Asian applicants are less likely to be admitted than are higher-income black applicants, and they are equally likely to be admitted as are higher-income white applicants. . . .
The analysis compared the then-current makeup of the student body with what it would be based on other ways of determining who gets in. An “academics only” policy (focusing on grades and test scores) would have more than doubled the share of the class that was Asian and significantly cut the enrollment levels of black and Latino students. . . .
Peter Arcidiacono, a professor of economics at Duke University, found consistent patterns for the treatment of Asian-American applicants with certain grades, test scores and other factors such that an Asian-American applicant with a 25 percent chance of admission would have a 35 percent chance if he were white, a 75 percent chance if he were Latino, and a 95 percent chance if he were African-American.
The information released by the plaintiffs suggests that they are making the case that Harvard has a two-tiered (or multiple-tiered) admissions process in which Asian-Americans are evaluated in different (more stringent) ways. That is significant because it would run counter to what the Supreme Court has permitted — which is holistic review in which race and ethnicity are considered, but only as part of an in-depth review considering many factors, in which students of all groups have a fair shot. In other words, the Supreme Court is not bothered by an applicant from an underrepresented minority group being admitted over another applicant with higher grades and test scores. But both must be evaluated under essentially the same system.
Another part of the Supreme Court’s guidance on affirmative action that the plaintiffs are applying to Harvard is the requirement that institutions that want to consider race or ethnicity in admissions or other decisions first consider whether race-neutral approaches might yield sufficient levels of diversity. On this issue, the plaintiffs submitted a brief by Richard D. Kahlenberg, a senior fellow at the Century Foundation and a long-standing advocate of using class-based affirmative action rather than race-based affirmative action.
Kahlenberg wrote that he provided Harvard with approaches — rejected by the university — that would have kept much (but not all) of the current enrollment levels of black and Latino students while increasing the enrollment of low-income students. He said that this could be done several ways, either by explicitly considering economic status but not race, or through “place-based” affirmative action, in which preference would be granted to those who live in disadvantaged neighborhoods. . . .
Robert Zimmer, president of the University of Chicago, was concerned by the idea that “definitions of character” or evaluating personalities would result in candidates of superior academic quality being rejected. He noted that for much of the first half of the 20th century, “these character issues and definitions of character were put in place to keep Jews out of Ivy League institutions.” And he said that if colleges evaluate personality characteristics, they should “constantly” ask why they are favoring certain characteristics over others.
6/18/18 USA Today: “Why is Harvard discriminating against Asian Americans? ‘Diversity’ is no excuse for racial bias”
Glenn Reynolds, Opinion columnist
We’ve decided that doling out opportunity on the basis of race is wrong. Even when it changes an institution’s ‘character.’ Even when Harvard does it.
I wrote four years ago that it looked as if Asian applicants to Harvard were getting the “Jewish treatment” — that is, being subjected to quotas, and rated down on “soft” qualifications, so as to keep their numbers lower than their objective qualifications would warrant. This is what Ivy League schools did to Jewish applicants for much of the 20th century, because Jewish applicants were seen as boring grinds who studied too hard, and whose parents weren’t rich enough or connected enough to contribute to the schools’ flourishing.
6/18/18 NBC News: “Plan to diversify New York’s top high schools divides Asian-American groups”
6/18/18 The Hill: “Time for racism at Harvard and our American education system to end”
6/18/18 USA Today: “Why is Harvard discriminating against Asian Americans? ‘Diversity’ is no excuse for racial bias”
6/17/18 New York Post: “The stunning evidence of Harvard’s racism”
6/16/18 2018 New York Times: “Asian-Americans Face Multiple Fronts in Battle Over Affirmative Action”
6/16/18 CNN: “Lawsuit: Harvard ranks Asian-Americans lower on personality traits”
6/15/18 Bloomberg: “Harvard Study Found Asian-American Admissions Bias, Suit Claims”
By Patricia Hurtado, Janelle Lawrence, and Sydney Maki
Harvard University’s own researchers found statistical evidence that its undergraduate application process discriminated against Asian-American applicants, yet its admissions officials ignored the results and took no action, a group suing for bias claimed.
In 2013, the Harvard Office of Institutional Research said that Asian-Americans should comprise 43.4 percent of the admitted class if they were judged purely on their academic merit, the organization, Students for Fair Admissions, said in a federal court filing Friday.
Asian-Americans should have made up 26 percent of the student body, even after accounting for the Ivy League school’s preferences for the children of alumni and recruited athletes and the university’s more subjective “personal ratings,” the Harvard office found, according to the plaintiff’s court filing.
Students for Fair Admissions, which filed suit in 2014, told a federal judge in Boston on Friday that these findings are part of the “incontrovertible” evidence that the university has “engineered the admissions process to achieve” illegal goals. The organization says that Asian-Americans are subject to the same kind of quotas that kept many Jews out of Ivy League colleges in the first half of the 20th century — and the Trump administration has indicated it is sympathetic to their argument.
The group’s lawyers also said Harvard engages in “racial balancing,’’ to ensure a minimum percentage of students from minority groups. Harvard, Yale, Stanford, Princeton and other elite schools hold what are called “round robin’’ meetings where they share nonpublic information about the racial compositions of their class, according to the lawsuit. Harvard’s admissions office examines these kinds of racial breakdowns as it fine-tunes its admissions decisions, the complaint says.
6/15/18 New York Times: “Harvard Rated Asian-American Applicants Lower on Personality Traits, Lawsuit Says”
By Anemona Hartocollis
Harvard consistently rated Asian-American applicants lower than any other race on personal traits like “positive personality,” likability, courage, kindness and being “widely respected,” according to an analysis of more than 160,000 student records filed Friday in federal court in Boston by a group representing Asian-American students in a lawsuit against the university.
Asian-Americans scored higher than applicants of any other racial or ethnic group on admissions measures like test scores, grades and extracurricular activities, according to the analysis commissioned by a group that opposes all race-based admissions criteria. But the students’ personal ratings significantly dragged down their chances of being admitted, the analysis found.
“It turns out that the suspicions of Asian-American alumni, students and applicants were right all along,” the group, Students for Fair Admissions, said in a court document laying out the analysis. “Harvard today engages in the same kind of discrimination and stereotyping that it used to justify quotas on Jewish applicants in the 1920s and 1930s.”
Harvard’s own researchers cited a bias against Asian-American applicants in a series of internal reports in 2013. But Harvard ignored the findings, the court papers said, and never publicly released them.
6/15/18 Reuters: “Harvard records show discrimination against Asian-Americans: group”
6/15/18 Bloomberg TV: “Harvard Study Finds Admissions Bias Against Asian-Americans”
6/15/18 The Federalist: “De Blasio: Kick Asian-Americans Out Of Selective Schools To Give Unearned Preferences To Blacks, Hispanics”
6/15/18 Harvard Crimson: “Internal Harvard Review Showed Disadvantage for Asian Applicants”
6/14/18 Lubbock Avalanche-Journal: “Malkin: Asian-Americans show why the left’s diversity agenda fails”
6/13/18 New York Post: “De Blasio’s ‘desegregation’ plan is an insult to Asian-Americans”
6/13/18 Asian Fortune: “Where are the Asian American Voters?”
What do swing states California, Nevada, Florida, Arizona, North Carolina and Georgia have in common? Answer: They all have a growing number of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) voters.
6/11/18 National Review: “De Blasio’s Plan to Destroy New York’s Best Schools”
6/11/18 Wall Street Journal: “An Asian-American Awakening: A racial minority fights discrimination from elite schools and universities”
6/10/18 City & State New York: “The way to diversify specialized high schools is to open more of them”
6/10/18 The Villager: “‘Keep the test!’ Asian-Americans slam mayor’s plan on elite schools”
6/9/18 Fox News: “Plan to diversify elite NYC schools draws fire from Asians”
6/8/18 CNS News: “Patrick Buchanan: Is Mayor de Blasio an Anti-Asian Bigot?”
6/8/18 The Weekly Standard: “The Balancing Game: Investigating discrimination at Harvard”
6/8/18 Raw Story: “Asian American doctor claims Vanderbilt booted him from his job because he took Trump to court and won”
6/7/18 New York Post: “De Blasio’s plan to ban high school admissions tests put on hold”
6/7/18 New York Daily News: “State Assembly puts off action on de Blasio’s desegregation plan for elite NYC high schools”
6/7/18 Huffington Post: “‘Ocean’s 8’s’ Awkwafina Crushes Stereotypes Just By Embracing Herself”
6/7/18 WUNC: “Southern Mix: Collecting Asian-American Stories In The South”
6/6/18 New York Post: “Grace Meng slams de Blasio’s plan to scrap admissions testing”
6/6/18 The College Fix: “Asian groups worry about ‘bias’ in NYC’s school diversity efforts”
6/6/18 ABC News: “Asian-American voters’ increased influence could help shape California elections”
6/6/18 BBC News: “Star Wars actress Kelly Marie Tran deletes Instagram posts after abuse”
6/6/18 Townhall: “Asian-Pacific American Community Responds Positively to RNC’s New Efforts”
6/5/18 DYSKE: “Let’s Not Be Fooled by De Blasio’s “Solution” to Diversity Problem in Elite NYC High Schools”
6/5/18 The Gothamist: “Asian-American Groups Protest Plan To Diversify Specialized High Schools”
6/5/18 New York Daily News: “Chancellor Carranza to desegregation plan foes: You don’t own these classrooms”
6/4/18 CBS New York: “Mayor De Blasio’s Plan For Elite New York City High Schools Met With Anger By Many; Alumni, Parents Prepared To Fight Back, While Asian Students Wonder Aloud Why They Are Being Left Out”
6/4/18 Spectrum News NY1: “Parents, alumni slam proposal to change admissions for NYC specialized high schools”
6/3/18 New York Post: “De Blasio’s plan to destroy New York’s top high schools”
6/3/18 New York Times: “Democrats Hope Asian-American Influx Will Help Turn Orange County Blue”
6/3/18 Washington Post: “Before campaign kickoff, Gov. Hogan woos Asian American supporters”
6/2/18 CNN: “Republicans, Democrats see Asian-Americans as key to victory in Southern California”
6/2/18 NPR: “The Asian-American Voters Of Orange County”
6/1/18 South China Morning Post: “Asian-American and Latino groups unite to sue over ‘discriminatory’ citizenship question on US census”
5/31/18 Harvard Business Review: “Asian Americans Are the Least Likely Group in the U.S. to Be Promoted to Management”
5/31/18 Huffington Post: “On Dating Apps, Casual Racism Has Become The Norm For Asian Men”
5/29/18 Washington Examiner: “The Trump economy is a boon for Asian American small business owners”
5/25/2018 Chicago Tribune: “Asian-Americans face an unfair ceiling in college admissions”
by Linda Chavez
My Center for Equal Opportunity this week published a study looking at Asian acceptance rates at three elite universities: Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the California Institute of Technology. The study’s author, Dr. Althea Nagai, found that the two universities that use race and ethnicity as factors in admission, Harvard and MIT, appear to cap Asian acceptance rates, much as rates of acceptance for Jews were limited by elite schools in early eras.
Nagai shows that at both Harvard and MIT, Asian admissions seem to have hit a ceiling over the past 20 years or even declined. At MIT, Asian admissions peaked in 1995 at 29 percent and have declined slightly since, to 26 percent in 2016. At Harvard, admissions for Asians hit a high of 21 percent in 1993, dropped and have remained nearly constant at 17 percent since then. A suit against Harvard by Asian students alleging racial discrimination is set to be argued later this year.
By contrast, Nagai’s analysis shows that Caltech — which does not use race as a factor in admissions — has seen a steady increase in the number of Asians admitted over the past two decades. In 2016, 43 percent of students admitted to Caltech were Asians, but more importantly, the trend line since the late 1990s has been going up almost every year. Caltech has not applied a ceiling to Asian admissions, which is why it has more than twice the percentage of such students as Harvard and 65 percent more than MIT.
As an interesting aside, Caltech manages to admit a large percentage of Hispanic students, 12 percent, even without using race or ethnicity as a plus factor.
5/24/18 Huffington Post: “Asian-American Caucus Demands Investigation After Chinese-American Scientist Accused Of Spying”
5/24/18 Huffington Post: “Woman Makes Racist Face At Asian-American Serviceman: ‘This Is Not Your F**king Country’; Video shows the woman making a slant-eye gesture and yelling “Chinese ugly” at the Korean-American reservist”
5/22/18 RollCall: “Asian American and Pacific Islander Capitol Hill Staffers to Watch”
5/21/18 The Hill: “Asian American and Pacific Islander community will be critical to ensuring successful 2018 elections for Democrats”
5/20/18 The Daily Pennsylvanian: “How to ask an Asian-American person where they are from”
5/15/18 NBC News: “Before Obama, Asian Americans voted Republican. The GOP wants to bring them back”
5/15/18 NBC News: “Nearly 40 percent of Asian-American voters don’t favor a party. Can the DNC change that?”
5/14/18 Huffington Post: “Affirmative Action Benefits Everyone — Including Asian Americans”
5/10/18 Associated Press: “Asian-American candidates join fight to oust Republicans”
5/9/18 Huffington Post: “Mississippi Delta Chinese-Americans Challenge Idea Of Monolithic Asian America”
5/8/18 NBC News: “Asian-American buying power rising as population grows, Nielsen report finds”
5/7/18 Center for American Progress: “5 Ways to Increase Asian American Voter Turnout”
5/5/18 Voice of America: “Hollywood Movie Stars Mainly Asian Actors”
5/2/18 Huffington Post: “GOP Senate Candidate: ‘Chinaperson’ Isn’t Racist”
5/2/18 Washington Post: “Will Asian Americans make California even bluer in November?”
5/1/18 Texas Lawyer: “A Decade Later, Texas Finally Sees Its First Asian-American U.S. District Judge”
5/1/18 Diverse Issues in Higher Education: “Group Addresses Incarceration Among Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders”
5/1/18 The Hill: “Affirmative action in education looks an awful lot like bigotry — especially to Asian-Americans”
4/29/18 New Orleans Times Picayune (Washington Post) “Whole Foods called racist for Yellow Fever restaurant; its Asian-American owner disagrees”
4/26/18 Press Release: “OCA Applauds Sherry Chen’s Victory”
Contact: Thu Nguyen | Communications Associate
Washington, DC – OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates celebrates Sherry Chen’s resilience and her victory against implicit bias and the US Department of Commerce (DOC). On Wednesday, April 25th, Chief Administrative Judge Michele Szary Schroeder ruled that the DOC had to reinstatement her job and give her back pay.
Sherry Chen was wrongfully arrested and accused in October 2014 of espionage. Despite the Department of Justice dropping all charges against her, the DOC still terminated her job at the National Weather Service in 2016. The judge in Chen’s recent caseconcluded that she was the “victim of a gross injustice,” citing the DOC’s investigation methods, filing for Chen’s termination, as well as “digging their heels” in order to “[be] right than doing the right thing.” OCA has supported Ms. Chen since the early days of the accusations, participating in press conferences with elected officials and inviting her to speak at the organization’s annual conference.
“Sherry Chen was the victim of racial profiling and further victimized by the Department of Commerce in spite of her innocence. Her resilience has proved the FBI, Department of Justice, and DOC wrong in their cases against her. But she is only one of a number of Chinese Americans who have been falsely accused of espionage,” said Ken Lee, OCA National CEO.“Following FBI Director Wray’s racially ignorant remarks that all Chinese students and scholars pose intelligence risks, we remain concerned that explicit and implicit bias against Chinese Americans will lead to more unfounded cases against our communities. Director Wray must meet with Asian American community leaders to ensure that cases like Ms. Chen’s never happen again.”
OCA-Asian Pacific American Advocates is a national organization of community advocates dedicated to improving the social, political, and economic well-being of Asian American Pacific Islanders (AAPIs).
4/24/18 CBS SF Bay Area: “Asian Americans Sue City Of Santa Clara Over Voting Representation”
4/22/18 Next Shark: “More Asian Americans Are Going Into Politics Than Ever Before”
4/22/18 Politico: “#MeToo movement lawmaker made anti-Asian comments”
4/22/18 Next Shark: “Asian American Store Owner Beaten By Shoplifters After Chasing Them Down in Boston”
4/20/18 San Gabriel Valley Tribune: “Asian voters often register with no party, a key to the GOP’s decline in California ”
4/19/18 NBC News: “In California, Asian Americans Find Growing Political Power”
4/17/18 San Francisco Gate: “I’m an Asian American Actor Who Went to China Before Hollywood Would Cast Me as a Lead”
4/13/18 San Jose Mercury News: “‘Bay Area Revelations’ tells the story of Asian-American pioneers”
4/12/18 Dallas Morning News: “Texas man infamous online as the ‘Asian Nazi’ faces firearms charge”
4/10/18 CNN: “Race case against Harvard moves forward”
4/8/18 Harvard Crimson: “DOJ Calls for Unsealing of Harvard Admissions Data”
4/7/18 CNN: Trump administration backs Asian-American students in Harvard admissions lawsuit
4/6/18 The College Fix: “Admissions records show Harvard discriminated against Asian Americans for decades: lawsuit”
4/5/18 New York Times: “Asian-Americans, a Sleeping Political Giant”
4/4/18 New York Times: “Asian-Americans Suing Harvard Say Admissions Files Show Discrimination”
4/3/18 The American Lawyer: “The Careerist: Asian-American Women Are Filling the GC Suite”
4/2/18 Huffington Post: “Why Trump’s Census Change Could Hit Asian-Americans Especially Hard”
3/31/18 PBS: “New Asian-American, Brazilian apostles make Mormon history”
3/30/18 Vanity Fair: From Superhero Shows to Soaps, South Asian Actors Are Taking Over TV
3/29/18 Next Shark: “Poor Asian-American Girls End Up Richer Than Poor Asian-American Boys, Study Says”
3/28/18 Huffington Post: “A Snapshot Of How Asian-Americans Are Changing The South”
3/27/18 Los Angeles Times: “Asian Americans think an elite college degree will shelter them from discrimination. It won’t”
3/27/18 Sampan: “Asian Americans Advancing Justice will fight addition of citizenship question in 2020 Census”
3/26/18 Tyee.ca: “Clash of the Enclaves: Asian Americans in Suburbia”
3/23/18 Huffington Post: “FBI Director Defends Remarks That Chinese People In U.S. Pose Threats”
3/15/18 NBC News: “Interior Secretary Zinke’s ‘konnichiwa’ remark criticized as ‘juvenile’ and ‘outrageous'”
3/14/18 ozy.com: “The Key to 2018? Asian-Americans in the Suburbs”
3/13/18 Tablet Magazine: “Asian-Americans Can Blow Up America’s Racial Quota System, Will They?”
3/10/18 CNN: “Suit accusing Harvard of capping Asian-American admissions could be tried this summer”
3/9/18 The Federalist: “New York City Progressives Try (And Fail) To Limit Asians At Top Schools”
3/9/18 Vibe: “Professor Tells Asian-American Couple To “Go Back To Their Country””
3/7/18 The Federalist: “Asian Americans Should Take Their Loyalty And Their Vote Somewhere Else”
3/2/18 USA Today: “Google accused in lawsuit of excluding white and Asian men in hiring to boost diversity”
2/24/18 Columbia Undergraduate Research Journal: “A Racist Little Hat: The MSG Debate and American Culture”
2/22/18 Los Angeles Times: “Asian Americans surpass whites in San Gabriel Valley, marking a demographic milestone”
2/20/18 The Hill: “Congress fails miserably: For Asian-Americans, immigration proposals are personal attacks”
2/15/18 Business Insider: “Asian-American groups are saying affirmative action hurts their chances to get into Ivy League schools”
2/10/18 Yahoo News: “Boston radio host suspended for mocking Tom Brady’s agent by using Asian accent”
2/7/18 Raw Story: “Ohio teens chant slurs at black and Asian players — until refs forced to call off basketball game”
2/2/18 The American Lawyer: “Asian-American lawyers make gains in general counsel ranks. It’s not by accident”
2/1/18 Los Angeles Times: “Study shows how Asian Americans are transforming O.C., and highlights diversity and disparities”
1/31/18 NBC News: “Majority of Asian-American elders, families targeted by fraud and scams, survey finds”
1/31/18 The Atlantic: “The Problem With ‘Asians Are Good at Science’”
1/30/18 Next Shark: “Asian American Woman Verbally Abused By Racist Man on Los Angeles Metro”
1/29/18 Huffington Post: “The Forgotten Asian Refugees Fed Into The U.S. Prison System”
1/26/18 HealthDay News: “Stroke takes greater toll on Asian-Americans”
1/23/18 Sacramento Bee: “The next battle over affirmative action is about discrimination against Asian Americans”
1/21/18 Wall Street Journal: “Colorblindness Succeeds in California”
By David A. Lehrer
In 1996 California voters approved Proposition 209, an amendment to the California Constitution: “The state shall not discriminate against, or grant preferential treatment to, any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity or national origin.” Because of Proposition 209, California’s public universities have used colorblind admissions for two decades, although they actively consider applicants’ socioeconomic status.
The results have been a stunning success. Last year the Equality of Opportunity Project conducted a nationwide longitudinal study to find which colleges were doing the most to help poor students succeed. Of the top 10 ranked, five were California public schools. Among America’s elite colleges, the University of California, Los Angeles, enrolled the highest share of low- and middle-income students (19%). In the University of California system, 43% of the freshman class admitted in 2016 were the first in their families to attend college, and 37% had family incomes under $47,200 a year.
This colorblind admission system nonetheless produces college classrooms that are a fairly accurate cross-section of California’s racial and ethnic diversity. In 2017 admitted freshmen throughout the UC system were 34% Asian, 33% Latino, 24% white and 5% African-American. In the Cal State system, the figures were 47% Latino, 20% white, 16% Asian and Filipino, and 4% African-American.
For comparison, California’s high-school seniors are 52% Latino, 24% white, 11% Asian and Filipino, and 6% African-American. And of course not all seniors qualify for admission to a university, let alone the UC system.
These figures for minority admissions in the UC schools exceed many of the targets they had set before Proposition 209. Since 1996, Latinos as a share of enrollment have grown from 14% to 33%, Asians from 28% to 34%, and African-Americans from 4% to 5%. Whites have declined from 41% to 24%.
This diversity has been achieved while maintaining the quality of California’s public universities. The latest college rankings from U.S. News & World Report list UCLA and UC Berkeley as tied for the top public school in the country. Four other UCs (Santa Barbara, Irvine, San Diego and Davis) are among the top dozen.
Today’s colorblind system is working well for all Californians—rich and poor, minority and white—and is a model for the rest of the country.
Mr. Lehrer is president of Community Advocates Inc., a civil-rights organization in Los Angeles.
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1/11/18 The New Republic: “Silicon Valley’s Forgotten Minority: Why Asians remain absent from the tech industry’s highest echelons”
1/9/18 South China Morning Post: “Asian-American frat boys get jail sentences for hazing death of student Michael Chun Deng”
1/8/18 National Review: “Online Activists Launch Racist Attacks against Ajit Pai”