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Diverse Issues of Higher Ed: Asian American Students Face Challenges with Affirmative Action ht/ @seamichelle @gilasakawa


College CampusA recent study found that 63 percent of Asian Americans support affirmative action including dozens of AAPI groups which have voiced their support.

But according to the Diverse Issues of Higher Education,  five Asian American organization filed court briefs opposing affirmative action in the case of Fisher v. University of Texas.

The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to announce its decision in the case in which a white student sued the University of Texas saying the college’s admissions policy discriminated against her.

Among the Asian groups backing Fisher are Asian American Legal Foundation, the 80-20 National Asian-American Educational Foundation, the National Federation of Indian American Associations, the Indian American Forum for Political Education and the Global Organization of People of Indian Origin.

Still those groups are in the minority within the Asian American community. The number of Asian Americans groups supporting the University of Texas outnumber those opposed by 20 to 1.

“I think there’s more attention on us than usual,” says Khin Mai Aung, director of the educational equity project for the Asian-American Legal Defense and Education Foundation, which supports affirmative action.

Those opposed, however, say raced based decisions hurt all minorities.

“Affirmative action lowers the bar for Black and Hispanic students,” he says. “They don’t have to score high or have as high of a GPA compared to an Asian student. That’s why many Asian students are being advised not to reveal their race, because other minority students will have a harder time to get in.”

The Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research says its study shows that 63.1 percent of Asian-Americans support affirmative action. That same study found 62.6 percent of Asian-American college students disagree with eliminating affirmative action.

So is affirmative action helping or hurting Asian Americans. More on that in Diverse Issues of Higher Education


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