When Affirmative Action Goes Down, Who Benefits from the Aftermath? | Haiyun Lu | 6 Min Read

December 22, 2022

In 2020, the National Asian American Voter survey found that 70% of Asian Americans supported Affirmative Action, while only 16% of them opposed it. Despite this, some elite Asian American groups have been used as a racial wedge against other minority groups because they hold on to the false belief that their children’s chance of acceptance into an elite institution will only be increased once Affirmative Action ends. However, this misperception of Affirmative Action will end up hurting all Asian American communities.  


The issue is complicated. It all began with Ed Blum, the founder of Students for Fair Admission (SFFA), and his secretive agenda: Keep as many white students in elite institutions as possible, at the expense of students of color.

In 2008, the year Abigail Fisher applied to the University of Texas at Austin (UT), the rejection rate at UT was higher than at Harvard. With a GPA average of 3.56 and SAT score of 1180 out of 1600, Fisher did not stand out academically. Of course, unlike in China, many American university admissions offices do not only use test scores. In fact, they take a “personal achievement index” into serious consideration as well,…

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Haiyun Lu

Haiyun Lu, a Chinese language teacher at the University School of Milwaukee (WI), is also a writer, blogger, trainer, curriculum designer, meditator, and Co-Founder at Ignite Chinese.