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A high-profile federal lawsuit alleging that Harvard discriminates against Asian Americans could eventually give a conservative Supreme Court the opportunity to strike down affirmative action.

A 2004 study found that Filipino Americans and Southeast Asian Americans represented only 19 percent and about 25 percent, respectively, of Asian Americans enrolled at highly selective institutions.

The truth about Asian Americans and affirmative actionContrary to the model minority myth, many Asian Americans stand to benefit from affirmative action.

While some commentary about the Harvard case has given the impression that Asian Americans are against affirmative action, in actuality, the majority of the Asian American community supports race-conscious admission policies.

** The 2004 study uses “Asian Pacific American” and “Asian American” interchangeably.

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