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Southeast Asians, for example, who largely came over as refugees from Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia, are underrepresented in higher education.

Actively supporting it is the Asian American Coalition for Education, which filed federal complaints in 2015 alleging discrimination.

Zhao is part of a new generation of wealthier Chinese immigrants who are active on social media and opposed to affirmative action.

Park also says colleges want students with different backgrounds so Asian-Americans may be more coveted in fields or colleges with few Asians.

Supporters of affirmative action say it’s possible that Harvard is biased against Asian-Americans, but that doesn’t mean race-conscious policies should be scrapped.

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