Literacy and Liberty


Introducation and guiding question on investigative project
Posted by: , November 19, 2018, 1:47 am
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As we all know about the recent lawsuit case of Asian American sued Harvard University for conducting racial discrimination. Harvard University was accused to rate low on personality and quality of Asian American students to control their acceptance rate. The case of Harvard University is not an accident. It reveals the harsh environment around Asian American. The status of this group is awkward because they are neither mainstream in US society nor vulnerable group considering they achieving higher socioeconomic success than other generally. After reading Nicole Hannah Jones’ work talking about the problem of lack of education of black people, I am realizing the education problem that Asian American group, especially Chinese American group, is currently facing.

Guiding question:
1. How to define “justice” and “equal rights”?

2. What kind of influence of Affirmative Action have on acceptance rates of minority groups and white people?

3. Is Affirmative Action a good resolution for racial discrimination problem?

4. Would abolishing Affirmative Action help Asian American achieve justice and eliminate discrimination during college application?

5. How would you explain reasons for that Bill of AB-1726 was passed? What kind of influence would it have on Chinese and Indian immigrants specifically?




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Jiawen, this is a solid, intriguing project, and one that builds nicely on your work on “Mother Tongue,” too. Now: is your project about the history of the current Harvard case before the US Supreme Court, or about Asian Americans and affirmative action more broadly? I ask in the spirit of helping you find a specific topic and historical frame that will help you address the otherwise quite broad first question you pose above. Good start.

   Professor Seiler 11.20.18 @ 2:04 pm



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