Asian-Americans and Affirmative Action

Students walk through the University of Texas at Austin campus. A case before the U.S. Supreme Court challenges the school's consideration of race in its admissions.Asian-Americans Face Dilemma In Debate Over Affirmative Action

NPR Story from Nov. 2012

“Six weeks ago, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case of Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, a case that challenges the consideration of race in college admissions…. petitioner Abigail Fisher’s main brief… asserts that the university’s use of race in admissions discriminates against Asian-Americans, who are deemed to be “over-represented.” Asian-American civil rights organizations filed briefs on both sides of the case.”

According to the article, an opinion is expected in June 2013.

Many Asian-Americans face a “model-minority” stereotype. How do you think this plays into college admissions? Should Asian-Americans be excluded from affirmative action policies? Are Asian-Americans as homogenous of a group as they are often treated?

Are positive stereotypes detrimental?

Recently, I watched Chelsea Lately during a episode of my insomnia. The host, Chelsea Handler, poked fun at one of the guest cohosts that she would go him to fix electronics over the Jewish cohost, because he is Asian. The prodded cohost began ranting about stereotypes, specifically how it’s not O.K. to generalize and assume that every Asian is good at computers. When he was told to relax, and that it’s positive, he responded that it wasn’t a positive stereotype.

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