Timeline of Asian American Coalition’s Complaint against Harvard

By | August 4, 2015

June 28, 2014, Yukong Zhao published the idea of uniting Asian-American communities to oppose Ivy Leagues Universities’ discriminatory college admission practices against Asian-American children in Chinese websites.

August 23, 2014, Yukong Zhao initiated Wechat group to support Michael Wang, a brave Chinese American student who filed individual complaint against Ivy League schools.

December 6, 2014, Yukong Zhao, Chunyan Li and Jack Ouyang formed Wechat Group on complaint against Harvard.

December 13, 2014, drafted outline.

February 15, 2015, finished the complaint, began reaching out to Asian-American organizations. Reached 64 organizations by May 13, 2015.

May 15, 2015, representatives of Asian American Coalition officially submitted the complaint with the Office for Civil Rights, Department of Education and the Civil Rights Division, Department of Justice; held news conference in Washington DC and met Congresswomen Grace Meng and Virginia Foxx, and Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, who personally spoke in our news conference.

May15—31, 2015, more than 50 newspapers and media from the U.S., Asia, Europe, Oceania and the Middle East reported on the Complaint.

May 19—June 26, more than 20 editorials published in English Newspapers. Most are supportive.

June 22, 2015, US House Representatives Ed Royce, Dana Rohrabacher, Pete Olson, Glenn Grothman, and Dan Donovan issued a letter to the Departments of Education and Justice in support of our complaint.

June 25, 2015, AACE received a letter from Office for Civil Rights (OCR), Department of Education, dismissing the complaint citing the reason: there is an ongoing lawsuit against Harvard. AACE vowed to continue our pursuit of equal education rights for Asian-American children.

August 4, 2015, Seven Asian American Representatives in the U.S. House, Judy Chu, Robert C. “Bobby” Scott, Michael Honda, Mark Takano, Grace Meng, Ted Lieu and Mark Takai issued a letter to the Department of Justice, in support of our Complaint against Harvard.