Diverse Issues in Higher Education: Research Initiative to Examine Asian American and Pacific Islander Student Success

July 11, 2012

The Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund and the National Commission on Asian-American and Pacific Islander Research in Education (CARE) have secured $2 million in foundation grants to fund one of the largest research projects to explore Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) college student success.

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AdAge Blogs: Why is Pew Being Bashed for Its Glowing Study of Asian Americans?

June 27, 2012

The Pew Research Center seems to have done everything right in its recently released study on Asian Americans. The researchers incorporated a huge sample size — 3,511 Asian Americans — and conducted interviews in seven Asian languages. They ensured that the six largest Asian ethnic groups were represented by a sample size of at least 500, and each — Chinese-, Filipino-, Indian-, Vietnamese-, Korean- and Japanese-Americans — is analyzed separately in its own section of the report. Pew solicited support from a panel of Asian American scholars and worked closely with Janelle Wong, director of the Asian American Studies Program at the University of Maryland. Pew’s pronouncement that Asian immigration, at 430,000 in 2010, had surpassed that of Hispanics, garnered headlines on all the major news networks, bringing worldwide attention to an oft ignored demographic.  Yet they’re getting blasted by Asian American organizations.

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Huffington Post-Education: Affirmative Action Admissions: Asian Americans Support Race-Conscious Practices, Survey Finds

June 26, 2012

New findings throw a wrench in an already heated debate on the proper place of affirmative action in college admission. According to two new reports, most Asian Americans support race-conscious practices in college admissions. The Asian Pacific Americans in Higher Education and National Commission on Asian American and Pacific Islander Research in Education (CARE) both released reports this month citing a plethora of evidence suggesting that most Asian-Americans oppose race-blind admissions processes.

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AALDEF: The Majority of Asian Americans Support Race-Conscious Admissions Policies

June 25, 2012

In anticipation of the upcoming U.S. Supreme Court case Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, the Asian Pacific Americans in Higher Educatio (APAHE) and National Commission on Asian American and Pacific Islander Research in Education (CARE) have released policy papers examining Asian American support for race-conscious policies. Both papers cite multiple surveys of Asian Americans that consistently demonstrate that a majority of Asian Americans oppose abolishing race-conscious admissions policies.

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Good Education: We’re Not Your Model Minority: Asian American Education Groups Dispute Pew Report

June 23, 2012

A joint statement from the Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund and the National Commission on Asian American and Pacifi Islander Research in Education says painting such a rosy picture ignores the challenges around poverty and educational access that recent AAPI immigrants face. They also warn that promoting such an image of AAPI students contributes “to their exclusion from federally-supported policies, programs, and initiatives.”

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The Globe and Mail: Asian Americans Will Play Key Role in Choosing Next U.S. President

June 22, 2012

As Asian Americans displace Hispanics as the largest group of new immigrants, they are poised to become equally important in future elections with Democrats and Republicans suddenly keen to shore up support in a diverse demographic that includes everyone from Indians to Japanese to Vietnamese. So far, experts say, those efforts have been limited.

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