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Members of a vocal portion of the community in California have become leading opponents of Proposition 16 — part of a deeper, contentious relationship between Asian Americans and affirmative action.

Proposition 16 has been endorsed by many organizations, such as the California Asian & Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus and Asian Americans Advancing Justice, a legal advocacy group.

Voter surveys conducted by AAPI Data, a research group at UC Riverside, have generally reported that more Asian Americans support affirmative action than oppose it.

Opponents like Liu worry affirmative action will discriminate against Asian Americans, who have earned the largest proportion of undergraduate University of California enrollment since 2003.

We need equal opportunities, not equal outcomes.”Victoria Dominguez, education equity director at Asian Americans Advancing Justice, says distrust of affirmative action is often based on myths.

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