Presumed Competent: Asian Americans and Affirmative Action
- Columbia Population Research Center
Sponsored by the Columbia Population Research Center (CPRC); registration required; Livestream available.
About the Seminar
While the battle over affirmative action has raged for decades, only recently have Asian Americans featured prominently in that debate. In November 2014, the Students for Fair Admissions (SFFA) filed a lawsuit against Harvard, alleging that it had violated Title VI of the Civil Rights Act by engaging in race-based discrimination against Asian Americans in the admissions process. SFFA is advocating for an end to affirmative action, and a decision is expected soon.
At this CPRC seminar, Columbia University sociologists Jennifer Lee (bio) and Van Tran (bio), seek to address two questions:
- Where do Asian Americans position themselves in the debate over affirmative action compared to White, Black, and Latino Americans?
- What are the social and psychological drivers of their support?
The two professors will discuss how self-interest, linked fate, and a sense of “moral deservingness” affect Asian Americans’ support for a policy that has often been framed as one that harms their self- and group interests.
- To attend this seminar on livestream, please click the above “register” link.
- To attend this seminar in person, please register on this page.