Asian Americans Advancing Justice - LA

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Affirmative Action Resources

What others are saying about affirmative action

"Asians are being used to make the case against affirmative action. Again." (Vox)

"Asian-Americans rejected by Harvard need to resist the anti-affirmative action narrative." (NBC News)

"You're not going to get accepted into a top university on merit alone." (The Conversation)

"Wanted: Disgruntled Asian-Americans to Attack Afirmative Action" (Colorlines)

"#NotYourModelMinority: Asian Americans in the affirmative action debate" (

"Affirmative Action Benefits Everyone -- Including Asian Americans." (Huffington Post)

"Supporting Affirmative Action as the Daughter of Asian-American Immigrants." (Brit.Co)

What we're saying about affirmative action

Nicole Ochi, "Top 5 Reasons Why Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders Should Support Affirmative Action," Angry Asian Man (November 11, 2015)

Christopher Lapinig, “#StarringAffirmativeAction: How #StarringJohnCho Debunks Recent Asian American Complaints Against Ivy League Universities,” Reappropriate (June 13, 2016)

Stewart Kwoh & Mee Moua, “On Affirmative Action, Asian Americans ‘Are Not Your Wedge,’” NBC News (July 19, 2016)

Mattew Cregor & Nicole Ochi, “Justice Dept. has fight on its hands in challenging diversity at Harvard,” Boston Globe (August 8, 2017).

Nicole Ochi. "Cristina Garcia, Asians, and Affirmative Action: What It Means to Me," Reappropriate (May 15, 2018)



Harvard Case Background

Use of Affirmative Action and Legacy

History of Affirmative Action in the US

SFFA v. Harvard Case

How does elite admissions work?

How Afirmative Action affects whites and Asian Americans

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