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#1 Soar

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Posted 10 January 2019 - 10:27 PM

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Asian-American organizations across the country supporting a federal lawsuit against Harvard University's admissions practices have grown in number and expanded into other Asian subgroups beyond Chinese, according to a court brief filed in Boston Tuesday.

Last year, 158 groups — dominated by Chinese-American ones — supported a similar brief filed in the pending case accusing Harvard of discriminating against Asian-American applicants. The latest brief has the backing of 270 organizations, including 30 Korean-American groups joining in for the first time.

Large Indian-American organizations, such as National Federation of Indian American Associations, Global Organization of People of India Origin and American Hindu Coalition, also cosigned the brief. Of the 270 total, 230 are nonprofit associations and educational institutions.

In this latest brief, the Asian-American Coalition for Education once again accuses Harvard of using racial quotas and stereotyping.

Wenyuan Wu, the coalition's director of administration, said Harvard's race-conscious admissions model has been ineffective when it comes to enrolling more low-income students.

"We strongly believe Harvard's admissions policy, which is hyper-focused on race, is only a Band-Aid that conceals the root cause behind a lack of diversity on college campuses," he said.

Wu said statistical evidence presented at a three-week trial in October before U.S. District Court Judge Allison D. Burroughs shows that Harvard discriminates against Asian-Americans in rural areas.

"Harvard sends invitation letters to white students with PSAT scores of around 1310, but not to Asian males with scores of 1370 and higher,” she said.

In a statement, coalition president Yukong Zhao said Harvard’s admissions model has placed unfair burdens on Asian-Americans, resulting in high rates of depression and even suicides.

“It is a modern-day social injustice done to Asian-Americans by powerful institutions and the political establishment,” Zhao said. “It clearly undermines the spirit of the American Dream, which promises that each American citizen should have equal opportunity to achieve success and prosperity through hard work, determination and initiative.”

The lawsuit was brought by the group Students for Fair Admissions led by conservative legal strategist Edward Blum, who is white.

Dozens of other Asian-American groups have filed briefs siding with Harvard. The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund filed their brief on Wednesday.

“The lived experiences of many students of color simply cannot be separated from their race,” said Jin Hee Lee, the fund’s senior deputy director of litigation. “The court’s decision in this case may affect the ability of college and universities across the country to provide an education enriched by the vibrant diversity that our nation has to offer.”

Burroughs has scheduled another court hearing for February and is expected to issue her decision later this year.


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#2 Egoísta

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Posted 10 January 2019 - 10:34 PM

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#3 The Nice User

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Posted 10 January 2019 - 10:38 PM

“The lived experiences of many students of color simply cannot be separated from their race,” said Jin Hee Lee, the fund’s senior deputy director of litigation. “The court’s decision in this case may affect the ability of college and universities across the country to provide an education enriched by the vibrant diversity that our nation has to offer.”

 

^totally agree with this.

 

Us Chinese Americans are forgetting that policies such as Affirmative Action helped get us to where we are now. It's not fair to other minorities as well as other Asian groups (SEA, South Asians) to discard it now that we no longer benefit from it. Disappointing.


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#4 coval

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Posted 10 January 2019 - 10:41 PM (Edited by coval, 10 January 2019 - 10:42 PM.)

Equal opportunities & equal standards for admission is more important than forcing diversity imo


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#5 Woollimy

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Posted 10 January 2019 - 10:47 PM

But what they are asking is equal opportunity without taking into account upbringing and racial situations. Such policy as helped  the average black family education grow over the year. It wasn't created to piss off asians. Maybe they could instead push for some type of revision of the system instead.

 

Its not made to be fair but to change the future. It's a whole different goal.


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#6 KorAm

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Posted 10 January 2019 - 10:53 PM

Yeah!!! Bring down that anti-Asian, hypocritical, East Coast white establishment.
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#7 Emsa

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Posted 10 January 2019 - 11:27 PM

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#8 CareBear08

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Posted 11 January 2019 - 08:25 AM

"Harvard sends invitation letters to white students with PSAT scores of around 1310, but not to Asian males with scores of 1370 and higher,” she said.

Thank God somebody said this. Every time this subject is brought up all I see are people blaming black people and complaining/making statements that affirmative action only helped black people when in fact it helped and was also made to help other cultures as well as women.
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#9 capital

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Posted 11 January 2019 - 08:28 AM

I think Harvard should have clear-cut quotas for race like Blacks, Latinos, then for economically disadvantaged and legacy, and let the rest 60% be fought over fairly. Right now it is too convoluted and misleading.


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#10 KorAm

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Posted 11 January 2019 - 09:42 AM (Edited by KorAm, 11 January 2019 - 09:43 AM.)

"Harvard sends invitation letters to white students with PSAT scores of around 1310, but not to Asian males with scores of 1370 and higher,” she said.
Thank God somebody said this. Every time this subject is brought up all I see are people blaming black people and complaining/making statements that affirmative action only helped black people when in fact it helped and was also made to help other cultures as well as women.

What do you mean? You can clearly see that Affirmative Action is not helping Asians when a Black can get in with lower test scores than whites but an Asian can’t get in with higher test scores than whites.

Fuck Harvard and the East Coast Ivies.
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#11 Solfa

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Posted 11 January 2019 - 11:40 AM

"We strongly believe Harvard's admissions policy, which is hyper-focused on race, is only a Band-Aid that conceals the root cause behind a lack of diversity on college campuses," he said.

 

 

 

Exactly. Affirmative Action is pretty much useless in higher education, because the people who need it the most have already dropped out of school because they have no hope for their futures already. If you want to help people, help them change the root causes. 


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#12 CareBear08

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Posted 11 January 2019 - 12:45 PM

What do you mean? You can clearly see that Affirmative Action is not helping Asians when a Black can get in with lower test scores than whites but an Asian can’t get in with higher test scores than whites.

Fuck Harvard and the East Coast Ivies.

You asking me what i mean is exactly the issue im talking about.
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#13 thefacts

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Posted 12 January 2019 - 01:09 AM (Edited by thefacts, 12 January 2019 - 01:09 AM.)

"Harvard sends invitation letters to white students with PSAT scores of around 1310, but not to Asian males with scores of 1370 and higher,” she said.
Thank God somebody said this. Every time this subject is brought up all I see are people blaming black people and complaining/making statements that affirmative action only helped black people when in fact it helped and was also made to help other cultures as well as women.

To be honest, who cares if people only think that Affirmative action only help African Americans. Harvard, like Yale and majority of the older universities in America was built by enslaved African Americans. It was because of African Americans "free labor," sacrifices, and suffering that this lawsuit is even possible.
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#14 Your Juan and only

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Posted 12 January 2019 - 01:52 AM (Edited by Your Juan and only, 12 January 2019 - 01:59 AM.)

I would be more understanding if it wasnt for the fact the man backing this has been wanting Affirmative Action taken away for pure ignorance and racism. That man is Edward Blum the man also behind the Fisher v University of Texas, which he lost. Hes realized getting rid of Affirmative Action with a white woman didnt work now hes trying it with Asian Americans and they're being played.


also they're saying Asian Americans but this isnt about all Asian ethnicities and we know it, Affirmative Action has a better chance at helping someone who's Laotian than someone who's chinese or Indian.

Everyone says race shouldnt count but the reason it counts is because we still live in a country where racial discrimination exist, where racial profiling exist, it always matters for the wrong reasons, that being brown and black ppl arent given the same educational funds, needs and help as others.
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