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Complicated relationship: Asian Americans and affirmative action

Asian American Affirmative Action

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Laurel Directo thinks students should be judged by merit. At the same time, she recognizes she had an advantage as the daughter of engineers who valued education and sent her to good schools.

Asian American Affirmative Action

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Jazz Kiang says as a Chinese-American, affirmative action may not benefit him but he still supports it because he said it will bring much-needed diversity to California schools.

Asian American Affirmative Action

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Hon Hoang disagrees with affirmative action, saying "I think if you honestly put your mind to it you can really go where you want to go."

Asian American Affirmative Action

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Tony Tonne said affirmative action could benefit some Asian-American groups such as Vietnamese and Cambodians.


A proposal to reinstate affirmative action at California's public universities has created an uproar among some Asian-American political action committees.

They worry Asian-Americans will lose college spots to minorities like African-Americans and Latinos, who have far less representation on campus. But how do Asian-American students feel?

KPCC's Josie Huang spoke with some at UCLA, and found out it's complicated.


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