Asian Americans Helped Build Affirmative Action. What Happened?

By Ellen Wu |

Proportionality logic has spawned an unintended consequence for Asian Americans. Over time, and for a host of complicated reasons, Asian Americans came to be regarded widely as “overrepresented,” undermining their claims to beleaguered minority status. This uncertainty helps to explain why Asian Americans have become a wild card in race politics, an unpredictable fit in the majority/minority divide.

One recent survey from AAPI Data indicates that 69% of Asian American registered voters still support affirmative action. Certainly many Asian American organizations, including the still-in-action Japanese American Citizens League, remain unwaveringly committed to protecting it.

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