Tarna Zander-VellosoAmid the national discussion surrounding affirmative action prompted by the Students for Fair Admissions v. Harvard federal trial, the Asian American Cultural Center and other groups hosted a Wednesday lecture entitled “Anti-Blackness, Asian Americans, and White Supremacy” led by University of California, Irvine professor of political science and Asian American studies Claire Jean Kim GRD ’96.
She argued that Asian Americans have played “a critical role in the legal-ideological project” of undermining claims that blacks face discrimination specific to their race.
She further explained that Asian Americans stand at a “jagged edge,” where they experience the disadvantages of not being white, while also benefiting from the advantages of not being black.
“To sum up, the critique of the model minority myth says Asian Americans are not doing all that well, not all Asian Americans are doing well and Asian Americans are minorities, too,” Kim said.
Namely, why do Asian Americans fare better than blacks?