Asian-Americans have built this political coalition not in spite of identities, but because of identities.
Their success is a rebuke to those who denigrate “identity politics” and call for emphasizing class over race or identity.
President Trump’s mobilization of his base, for example, involved deliberately foregrounding white identity politics, which has always been the latent identity politics of the United States, but has rarely been called such.
As today’s Asian-American coalition sees it, no policy can be carried out effectively without paying attention to identities and differences.
This stance on affirmative action acknowledges the need for a multiethnic Asian-American coalition and for a multiracial American coalition.