Asian Americans are divided after the Trump administration’s move on affirmative action
In 2015, when 64 Asian American groups filed a complaint with the Ministry of Justice alleging that Harvard University had illegally discriminated against Asian students in admission, Joe Zhou had little hope that he would go anywhere.
He had made the same allegation against Harvard in a trial in favor of his son, who had been refused admission despite almost immaculate scores ACT and SAT, an average of 4.44 class points, called valedictorian Class and a resume that included teaching English in China and as captain of the varsity tennis team.
So when the Trump administration announced Wednesday that it was planning to investigate racial discrimination against Asians in college admissions, Zhou was delighted.
“Maybe now, people will finally pay attention to what the Americans of Asia have been talking about for so long,” he said.
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His trial takes place in a federal district court in Massachusetts. His son, who is an anonymous representative in the trial and who did not want to use his name in this story, is currently attending UC Berkeley.
The broader Asian American community is divided on the issue, with several groups criticizing the announcement of the administration.
“Positive action benefits all, including Americans of Asian descent,” said Nicole Gon Ochi, a lawyer with the Asian Americans Advancing Justice Civil Rights Group, who filed arguments in the Zhou case by supporting policies Of Harvard. “This particularly helps Asian Asian students who are traditionally disadvantaged, such as university students from Southeast Asia and low-income Asian students.”
The group helped sponsor a 2016 survey which found that 64 percent of Asian American voters supported “affirmative action programs designed to help blacks, women and other minorities gain better access to ‘Higher Education”.
Approximately 25% of Asian respondents opposed affirmative action. Of those Indian, Chinese, Philippine, Japanese, Korean and Vietnamese respondents, support was the lowest among the Chinese, at 41%.
Zhou, who is a Chinese American, said he has often heard complaints about the admission procedures of friends and families in his community.
“This will not prevent my son, who will soon graduate, but it could help Americans in Asia for the next 200 years,” said Zhou, a student council member for Fair Admissions, a conservative group that Recruits complainants for the prosecution of affirmative action in universities.
He supported a white student case against the University of Texas at Austin which was decided last year by the Supreme Court, which said the race could be considered in admissions.
In its Wednesday announcement, the Trump administration did not specifically mention Harvard but said that the Justice Department would investigate a complaint filed by 64 Asian groups on discrimination at a university.
The complaint also argues that Harvard’s use of “holistic” admissions – which take into account a wide range of factors, beyond academic achievement – is really a way of disguising the fact that it holds Americans’ Asia at a much higher level than other students and essentially obliges them to compete with each other for admission “…….