Yes, Chinese are the only race in this country ever to be banned from entering.
But no, affirmative action does not exclude Chinese Americans, or any Asian Americans from top universities. It is not equivalent to the Chinese Exclusion Act, says Kent Ewing, despite all the rhetoric.
According to Ewing, a writer based in Hong Kong, to exclude race as a factor in admissions is to deny the historical discrimination that all minorities continue to face.
The playing field is not level.
“There are many racial narratives in America’s richly complex history, and those narratives have often come into ugly conflict. The country is at its best when it embraces its diversity and tries to reconcile its different peoples and traditions.”
You can read Ewing’s thoughts on this subject in its entirety in the South China Morning Post .