As caring and responsible citizens of the United States, Asian Americans support education progress in the U.S. Our fight against racial discrimination is not only about the civil rights of Asian Americans, but also about the future of America. Most Asian American immigrated to America because it offers equal opportunities to all, regardless of one’s racial backgrounds. America should not depart from this indispensable principle that attracts talents from all over the world to build America into the greatest nation on earth. The followings are our balanced view on Education and College Admission:
1. Asian-Americans are significant contributors to American education: Many Asian Americans are K-12 teachers, college professors, department heads, college heads, school board members. Many scholars such as Foreed Zakaria, Yukong Zhao and Quanyu published books and wrote articles and share proven Asian American experience to promote American education. Many Asian American associations including the Houston Chinese Alliance donate to poor schools.
2. Asian-Americans also care about the poor and the disadvantaged because many Asian-Americans come from poor countries and know difficult it is to grow and obtain good education in such environments.
3. We believe the primary approach to create racial diversity in colleges is to improve K-12 education in disadvantaged communities through investing resources, conducting education reform, promoting best practices in parenting and fostering community support.
4. Asian-Americans generally support race-neutral Affirmative Action in college admission as a supplemental approach to help achieve diversity, if
a) it is based on an objective evaluation of applicants’ social-economic circumstances,
b) its implementation would not significantly undermine American meritocracy, and
c) it is effective in improving the education outcomes for disadvantaged communities.
5. As the racial group most affected by race-based Affirmative Action in college admissions, we do not support its continuation because it is unfair and creates racial tensions. It favors well-off African American or Hispanic applicants over Asian or White American applicants living in poor or similar economic conditions. In high schools, there are many high performing African American and Hispanic students. The majority of the beneficiaries of race-based affirmative action from well-off families or families living in middle class neighborhoods.
As Yukong Zhao put it: “We should treat all students the same based on merit, and jointly help the poor, regardless of their racial background. Only in this way, can we build a racially harmonized society and advance American education.”