135+ asian american, native hawaiian, and pacific islander groups sign letter supporting affirmative action

Check out the open letter supporting affirmative action endorsed by over 135 leading AANHPI groups that have been doing civil rights work and community organizing for decades. People really rallied around this–the entire thing happened over 36 hours pretty much:


Click for: Chinese Translation

Professor Don Nakanishi gave an incredible statement:

I do not believe Harvard discriminates against Asian Americans or any other group of applicants. I have not seen any persuasive evidence to convince me that Harvard has a quota on Asian Americans or that it requires Asian Americans to have higher SAT scores than others who apply.

I believe Asian American applicants, like others who apply, are rigorously and carefully reviewed in terms of their entire, quite comprehensive application, which includes far more than test scores and grades.

I believe Harvard admits an exceptionally talented, diverse and inquisitive group of students from across the country and around the world, who contribute to and take full advantage of the university’s many academic and extracurricular pursuits and strengths.

~ Professor Don Nakanishi, Ph.D., Director Emeritus, UCLA Asian American Studies Center / Yale BA 1971, Harvard PhD 1978, and actively involved in admissions at highly selective universities for over 45 years

The overall site www.asianamericancivilrights.org is an incredible resource for learning around affirmative action and how it impacts AANHPI communities. Check it out!

harvard admissions–how whites benefit

I’ll write more about the thought process behind this, but for now, a link:


cbs interview

I did an interview with CBS Evening News a week or two ago following the entire University of Oklahoma SAE insanity:


washington post editorial, asian americans and affirmative action

What I did over my winter vacation: http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-misleading-lawsuit-accusing-harvard-of-bias-against-asian-americans/2015/01/02/cc7a7c52-91e5-11e4-ba53-a477d66580ed_story.html

at the museum


For many others, though, the evening’s programs prove a sufficient diversion. Mark Siddall, the curator of the poison exhibition, hosts a well-attended session, with crowd members shouting out answers out of turn.

Why, he asks, do we bother studying poison?

“To kill people!” someone says.

“To stay alive!” suggests another.

During the children’s sleepovers, Mr. Siddall informs them, “the first answer is ‘to help people.’ ”

second gen east asian am parents study

On AngryAsianMan!


Researchers at the University of Maryland, College Park are interested in learning how “second gen” Korean and Chinese American parents approach education and child-rearing for their “third gen” children. We are looking for people who fit the following criteria to participate in a one-time interview: 1) Your parents are immigrants and you were born in the U.S. or immigrated before age 7 2) You are of Korean or Chinese descent 3) You have at least one child over the age of 6 4) You reside in the DC metro (DC/MD/VA) or LA/OC area. 

We’d like to understand your experiences as a parent, your memories of your own experiences with education, and reflections on education in the Asian American community. You will receive a $10 gift card for participating in an hour long interview. If you are open to being interviewed and/or have questions, please contact Assistant Professor Julie Park at aaccstudy@gmail.com. Thank you!

Know parents (who fit my random criteria)?  Send em my way.


Always associated Zocalo w/cool things when I was living in LA, so excited to be featured: http://www.zocalopublicsquare.org/2014/02/14/americas-got-an-undergraduate-problem/ideas/up-for-discussion/


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