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Post time 2017-8-11 10:02:40 |Display all floors
(NPR) The Justice Department confirms it is looking into a complaint that accuses Harvard University of discriminating against Asian-American applicants. The probe raises questions about whether college admission policies in general may come under scrutiny by the Trump Administration.

A coalition of more than 60 organizations accuses Harvard of holding Asian-American applicants to higher standards than black and Latino applicants.

Swan Lee of Brookline is an organizer of the coalition.

"If one group of students are held to higher standards based on their appearance, that's not right," says Swan Lee, an organizer of the coalition.

The group asked the federal government to investigate two years ago, but the Obama administration dismissed the claim without evaluating its merit because a similar lawsuit had already been filed in federal district court.

That lawsuit is pending and could be the nation's next test case on affirmative action.

But now the Trump administration says it will look into whether Harvard's practices break the law.

The announcement comes after an internal job posting at the Justice Department appeared to signal a shift in priorities of the Civil Rights division toward complaints of reverse discrimination.

The posting was first reported in The New York Times, but the Justice Department says it's not looking at university admissions in general.
A spokesperson says the Department is "committed to protecting all Americans from ... illegal race-based discrimination."

Civil rights groups and legal experts are skeptical.

"It seems entirely consistent with President Trump's campaign rhetoric," says Tomiko Brown-Nagin, a constitutional law professor at Harvard. Brown-Nagin points out that the Trump administration's decision to target affirmative action policies comes as racial tensions are rising on many campuses.

"On the one hand, you have racial minorities, immigrants who are concerned about certain dynamics on campus," she says. "On the other hand, you have conservatives who feel like their voices are being shut down in debates over things like affirmative action and immigration and sexual assault."


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Post time 2017-8-12 10:07:20 |Display all floors
"...accuses Harvard of holding Asian-American applicants to higher standards than black and Latino applicants."  So, would that be more in line with the same standards as Caucasian applicants?  A side note: our school in Handan recently hired an American university graduate and he holds a BA in Business Management.  He is the product of "affirmative action" and the lower university admission/graduation standards.  He cannot spell, he cannot write the English alphabet correctly and he's just plain ignorant.  When he prints words on the blackboard it is laboriously slow... he really struggles.  He didn't know the Korean Peninsula consists of two countries... didn't know what Asia is... he thought "foreign teachers" in our school meant the native Chinese teachers... he cannot understand or appreciate the cultural differences between North America and China, let alone other countries.  He gets angry and shouts at Chinese people who don't understand him, yet he refuses to learn any Mandarin.  He's NEVER been outside his home state of Texas... and he chose to live in China.  University admissions in the US are based on cultural stereotypes.  It's been that way since the late 1960's.  The Western stereotype of Chinese students, at least in the US, is that they are exceptionally intelligent, excelling in math and the sciences.  Right or wrong, any US university that receives any federal funding or grants must abide by an enrollment quota system.
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Post time 2017-8-12 10:53:31 |Display all floors
This post was edited by Swifty55 at 2017-8-12 10:56
mbursian Post time: 2017-8-12 10:07
"...accuses Harvard of holding Asian-American applicants to higher standards than black and Latino a ...

100% correct.Once the lower level students get in they know they will pass.Reason is Professors know the game and play it to keep their cushie job. Is why I always ask my Chinese students here in China. Why did you not want to go to the states for college like many others? They told me why spend so much money when you can get a great education at Peking University and other top schools right here in China. I was a professor at a top 10 university in the states and know they have lowered the standards. It is just that  most foreigners do not know the truth about the real education system in the states if you get federal funds from the government.Which even private schools get in the states if you lower the standards to let most kids into your college.Especially, Blacks and Mexicans

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Post time 2017-8-12 11:36:02 |Display all floors
Hard to see every movement of Harvard and I guess it's their freedom to recruit students they want .. If they truly think Asian student is not suitable for this college then it's OK ..

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Post time 2017-8-12 12:34:27 |Display all floors
Well there is no need for both countries to demolize each other's images in education or other social issues.  Just because you come to China then you should attack the other country or once you are in the States then it's fancy to laugh at China for everything.  It's bit childish and unecessary.  The best way would be observe and learn from both systems for combination of good things and avoid mistakes occured if possible.  There are all kinds of people who prefer different way of education or lifestyle.  That's why people coming to live in China and young people study in western countries.

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Post time 2017-8-12 14:54:25 |Display all floors
This element is found everywhere. Problem is identifying it. Eradication is never easy. This is because Harvard is looked upon as the top spot for learning. If this could be changed, then it will have no such problem or issue.

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Post time 2017-8-12 15:09:16 |Display all floors
Should all public buses have a pre-ordained quota of Asians, Africans, Caucasians, etc. according to race, in order to preserve diversity?  And should public libraries have quotas for desks and chairs based on racial quotas derived from the national or state census?  How about housing, food, and healthcare?



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