Complicated relationship: Asian-Americans and affirmative action

March 13th, 2014

Laurel Directo was just 4-years-old when race-conscious admissions were banned from California’s public universities in 1998.  Now 20, and attending UCLA, Directo doesn’t think schools should go back to using affirmative action.  “I would hope they would admit us on based on our merit and achievements, and not, you know, our race,” Directo said. Still, she recognizes the advantage she had as the daughter of Filipino engineers who sent her to good schools in Irvine.

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