More than years after the 13th Amendment abolished slavery in the United States, most U. Americans see disadvantages for blacks and Hispanics in the U. Views about the impact of being Asian or Native American are more mixed.
That ugly exclamation rattled the ears of editor Michael Luo who, with family and friends in tow, headed to get lunch at a nearby Korean restaurant on the Upper East Side streets of Manhattan last month. Luo wrote an open letter in the New York Times to the white woman who roared it, telling her how such verbal daggers sever Asian-Americans from their citizenship. We shower sympathy on black and brown people; Asian-Americans experience but a sprinkle.
A federal lawsuit alleging Harvard University discriminates against Asian-American applicants goes to court this week in Boston. While the case focuses on Harvard, it could have big consequences for higher education, especially if it moves on to the U. Supreme Court.
On Thursday, the U. The takeaway: Admissions policies that factor in race hurt both Asians and whites. The case is, on the surface, about discrimination against Asians. But it is one of several recent legal actions that, on a deeper level, call into question the status of a certain subset of Asian Americans by aligning them with white people.
Federal officials are investigating allegations of discrimination against Asian American students in a suburban school system in Maryland where parents have complained that race was unlawfully used as a factor in magnet program admissions. They say the number of Asian American students invited into the programs fell 23 percent from toamid a wave of attention to diversity issues, and then dropped by 20 percent the next year after a new screening and selection process took effect. Federal officials received 10 complaints raising similar concerns, which have been incorporated into one case, federal officials said in letters to parents.
The U. Soon after, U. A half century later, little has changed.
The letter was obtained by The New York Times. The Harvard and Yale investigations and the lawsuit could have far-reaching consequences for college admissions policies and for affirmative action, a tool born in the civil-rights era to make American education and opportunity more equitable. Some conservative groups have long opposed affirmative action, and a handful of states have banned affirmative action policies at public universities.
Growing up as young Asian Americans comes with its fair share of challenges. However, what we often forget is the difficult struggles that our parents faced as well. We asked the children of Asian immigrants living in the U. My mom moved over to America around 25 years ago.
S inakhone Keodara reached his breaking point last July. Loading up Grindrthe gay dating app that presents users with potential mates in close geographical proximity to them, the founder of a Los Angeles-based Asian television streaming service came across the profile of an elderly white man. He is now considering suing Grindr for racial discrimination.
Jun Cen for BuzzFeed News. Michael Wang, 22, is as brash and confident as one would expect from a person willing to be one of the few outspoken Asian American faces against affirmative action. An only child, Michael, who lives with his parents and cousin in Union City, California, just one hour south of San Francisco, had been groomed to become a top student by his father, an education professional trained as a teacher in China. While his friends would play video games after school, he practiced the piano or was tutored in math by his father.