CA Asians finally grasp that under affirmative action, they’re victims

CA Asians finally grasp that under affirmative action, they’re victims

minorityquotaThe fact that Asian-Americans in California tend to be Democratic seems to me to be almost entirely a function of the perception of Democrats are more welcoming to minorities and Republicans more hostile.

Surveys and anecdotal evidence show that Asian-Americans are generally more entrepreneurial and more suspicious of government, which should incline them to the GOP. But it hasn’t worked out that way.

Now, however, we’re seeing just the sort of fracture we would expect if Asian-Americans acted in the traditional, what’s-in-it-for-me? way of interest groups. They’ve figured out that affirmative action in college admissions punishes Asians in the name of atoning for the history of white racism. Check out the lead paragraph of this Pasadena Star-News story — the Vietnamese-American reporter isn’t buying the “racial justice” sales pitch at all:

“SAN GABRIEL — Asians in the San Gabriel Valley and beyond joined forces Friday to rally against a proposed Senate constitutional amendment that they said would punish their children for working hard to achieve the American Dream.

“Olivia Liao, president of the Joint Chinese University Alumni Association, said Senate Constitutional Amendment No. 5 is racist because it allows public education institutions to give preferential treatment on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity or national origin.

“'(Legislators) feel like the Chinese-American community isn’t paying attention to politics,’ Liao said. ‘We are concerned citizens. We need to stand up when things are not right; we need to be heard. We shouldn’t have any (exceptions) related to race. After all, America is a free country.’

 “State Sen. Ed Hernandez, D-West Covina, is sponsoring SCA 5, an amendment that would repeal portions of Proposition 209, which prohibited discrimination against people based on their unchangeable identities. If passed, the amendment would allow public education institutions to give preferential treatment on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity or national origin.”

Affirmative action = racial preferences

admissionsWow. That’s as free of lefty spin as any news account I have ever seen of how California’s college admissions practices worked before Prop 209’s passage in 1996.

To paraphrase and condense what I wrote back in 2012, what the media almost never point out is that the UC admissions status quo before 1996 indisputably punished a minority. This is from the March 31, 1996, N.Y. Times story about UC’s adoption of a plan that even before Prop. 209 was passed would have phased out the use of race as a factor in deciding college admissions by spring 1998:

“An internal [UC} report in May 1995, based on a computer simulation, predicted that such a change would result in a 15 to 25 percent overall rise of Asian-Americans at the University of California, and as much as 25 to 35 percent increase at Berkeley and U.C.L.A., where 75 percent of students would be admitted on merit. The number of whites would remain about the same, but Hispanic students would dip 5 to 15 percent and African-Americans would drop somewhere between 40 and 50 percent.”

So without affirmative action, white student numbers would have been unchanged, but Asian-American student enrollment would have exploded. For some reason, in 1996, this didn’t resonate with California’s Asian population. Now it seems to be.

Good. As John Roberts said, “The way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the basis of race.”


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  1. BigFire
    BigFire 10 March, 2014, 11:17

    Not news to me, and I went to college 20 years ago. There’s always been a Asian quota system in place to limit amount of Asian on a campus. Can’t have the wrong kind of minority on campus. Sends wrong kind of message.

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  2. Queeg
    Queeg 10 March, 2014, 11:40

    Wish every qualified Asian in California gets enrolled in great colleges.

    A very savy tech executive friend told me, if it wasn’t for the highly educated Asians in Orange County there would be an economic collapse similar to Los Angeles County.

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  3. Donkey
    Donkey 11 March, 2014, 07:06

    Every citizen is a victim when the state declares one group of people are more deserving than another.

    Take the RAGWUS feeders, in particularly the PS parasites. Many laws, rules, regulations, and policies have been put in place that enhances their freedom at the expense of others wealth, labor, and lives. 🙂

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  4. billybs
    billybs 11 March, 2014, 18:12

    Rep. Hernandez, standing for the interests of his Oaxaca constituents. He is a racist.

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  5. Queeg
    Queeg 11 March, 2014, 22:46


    CWD doesn’t degrade with this racial stuff….please!

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  6. billyBS
    billyBS 12 March, 2014, 12:32

    Noted, Sybil.

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  7. Not Pol Pot
    Not Pol Pot 20 June, 2014, 08:14

    “the history of white racism”? Do you mean atoning for the history of white enlightenment, science, technology and democratic philosophies?

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  8. Not Pol Pot
    Not Pol Pot 20 June, 2014, 08:23

    According to Alice Walker, celebrated novelist, “people of color” who are Asian are getting into universities BECAUSE their “families have money.” (May 9, 2014 radio interview) Just what is this mysterious process that these Asian families come to “have” money? Alice Walker seems to find the question unfathomably mysterious. Since, as Frankfurt School-based race philosophy holds, Asians are all members of the “people of color” category, how can they possibly be getting their hands on money that does not fall into the hands of non-Asian people of color? In order to assist Ms. Walker shall go into my backyard, catch and slaughter a squirrel and then “read its entrails” in order to divine the answer. I expect a Pulitzer Prize for my efforts. – See more at:

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