Chinese Americans and Affirmative Action

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Many Chinese Americans support the ban on Affirmative Action at schools like Cal (photo credit: Brainchildren).

As you may know from reading our college admissions blog, we firmly assert that Asians and Asian Americans are discriminated against in the highly selective college admissions process. At Ivy League colleges, for instance, Asians have tougher odds of getting in as compared to the rest of the population and we regularly work with Asian and Asian American students to help them stand out from their fellow Asian and Asian American applicants. After all, it’s these very students they’re competing against. But, as we have stated before on the pages of this blog, Asians and Asian Americans are not as discriminated against in the admissions process to University of California schools as they are to, say, the Ivies. At least not right now.

According to an article in “The Examiner” entitled “Affirmative Action response to racial inequity in admissions denied,” “San Francisco Chronicle reported that California lawmakers prepared a bill to repeal 209 and reinstate Affirmative Action back into college admissions in response to racial inequities. Prop 209 ended in 1996 by the voters of California, halting Affirmative Action set into law by the Civil Rights Bill in 1964 and brought to action by President Lyndon Johnson in his War on Poverty. The Oakland Tribune reported that UC Berkeley demonstrated the results of the end of the practice of affirmative action with a drastic and continuing decline in admission of african americans and latino-chicanos admitted to UC Berkeley: Specifically the drop for african americans in 1995 when affirmative action was in effect, the admission rate was 50%, and in 2010 declined to 15.4%. For Latino students, the admission rate under affirmative action in 1995 was 46% which dropped to 18.9% in 2010.”

A number of Chinese Americans, in particular, were upset about this bill, fearing — and rightly so — that reinstating Affirmative Action in the University of California system would stymie the number of Chinese American applicants admitted to schools such as UCLA and Cal. And that’s something that they won’t stand for!


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