The debate over affirmative action in college admissions gained added urgency with the Fisher Case now before the Supreme Court. A white student sued the University of Texas saying she ranked in the top 10 percent of her case, and she should have been automatically admitted to the law school. She argued she was denied because the University threw race into the mix as part of the criteria for admissions.
As part of her argument, she used Asian Americans as a prime example of how use of race could adversely impact admissions of qualified students.
The argument is nothing new. This article in Black, White & Gray looks at the history of Asian Americans in college admission. You’ll see the argument really hasn’t advanced that much in the last 30 years.