ERIC Number: ED408404
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Dec
Beyond Self-Interest: Asian Pacific Americans toward a Community of Justice. A Policy Analysis of Affirmative Action.
Chin, Gabriel; And Others
In this policy analysis of affirmative action, four Asian Pacific American law professors make a case for affirmative action with a special focus on Asian Pacific Americans (APAs). It is asserted that affirmative action produces many benefits, such as reducing the harm of racism, promoting equal opportunity, and advancing racial justice. However, many of the costs of affirmative action have been misconceived or exaggerated. Part I introduces the affirmative action controversy and the urgent need for APAs to become involved in the public policy debate. Part II presents general arguments for affirmative action, stating the case for race-conscious social remedies and countering the arguments of meritocracy and color-blindness. Part II focuses specifically on APAs and their history of suffering discrimination and their accomplishments with and without affirmative action. Section D of Part II discusses college admissions, an area of special concern for APAs. Part IV explains how APAs have an opportunity to defend affirmative action in a way that challenges both conservative and liberal stereotypes. (SLD)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Admission (School), Affirmative Action, Asian Americans, Educational Discrimination, Elementary Secondary Education, Equal Education, Higher Education, Minority Groups, Pacific Americans, Policy Analysis, Public Policy, Racial Bias
UCLA Asian American Studies Center, 3230 Campbell Hall, Box 951546, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1546 ($5 plus $2 shipping and handling).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Los Angeles. Asian American Studies Center.