A Growing Asian American Group for Fair Admissions

Oct 2016
Harvard is fighting a lawsuit that claims the elite school’s consideration of race in its ultra-competitive admissions process is unfair to Asian-American applicants. The Trump administration has thrown its support behind the suit and launched its own investigation. Republican candidates in at least two congressional races this year have railed against affirmative action in explicit bids for Asian-American Republican voters.

A 2018 survey of Asian-American voters by AAPI Data, a programme led by Karthick Ramakrishnan at the University of California, Riverside, found 58 per cent of Asian Americans think affirmative action programmes are a “good thing” and just 38 per cent of Chinese-Americans believe affirmative action is a good thing.

In the latest court fight, Students for Fair Admissions will make four arguments: that Harvard intentionally discriminates against Asian-Americans; that it engages in illegal racial balancing; that Harvard’s use of race falls outside what the Supreme Court has allowed; and that Harvard doesn’t need to consider race at all to shape its freshman class.

The DOJ asserted that “Harvard’s race-based admissions process significantly disadvantages Asian-American applicants compared to applicants of other racial groups – including both white applicants and applicants from other racial minority groups.”

A vocal and growing segment of both the Asian American GOP and DEM population are fed up with the use of race in admissions, which they believe holds Asian-Americans to higher standards than other groups.

“No American should be denied admission to school because of their race,” Chinese American Republicans said.