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The activists’ growing savvy and resulting sway, however, contradict the narrative painted by public-opinion data, which consistently show that most Asian Americans support affirmative action.

One Chinese American immigrant I spoke with, Jing Liu, told me that she had met most of her present-day friends through the app.

“WeChat is a monster,” says Janelle Wong, a political scientist and professor of Asian American studies at the University of Maryland.

In this sense, WeChat allows Chinese American users to feel at once more Chinese and more American.

And this dual empowerment helped enable the Chinese American uprising against affirmative action.

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