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OCA and More Than 120 AAPI Organizations Support Equal Opportunity in Higher Education

Monday, May 18, 2015   (1 Comments)
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OCA and More Than 120 AAPI Organizations Support Equal Opportunity in Higher Education



18 May 2015


Michael W. Kwan | National President

202 223 5500 |

WASHINGTON, D.C. – OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates joins the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA), Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAJC), and more than 120 other Asian American and Pacific Islander organizations in an open letter to support affirmative action and equal opportunity in higher education.


“OCA stands strongly on the principle that diversity on college campuses across our country enriches the lives and education of our students”, said Michael W. Kwan, OCA National President. “Interactions with students from different backgrounds and struggles will prepare not only Asian Pacific American students, but all students, with enriching experiences that will help them succeed in their lives far beyond their college years.“


“We also recognize that despite the great success of some Asian American groups, a large number of APAs still experience admission rates and academic performance on par with or below African American and Latino Americans,” added Kwan. “When the data is disaggregated, it will clearly demonstrate the important need to continue affirmative action. Southeast Asians, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders still have some of the highest rates of poverty and lowest academic success among all racial groups.”


OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates is a national organization of community advocates dedicated to improving the social, political, and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans (APAs).


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Victor Yu says...
Posted Monday, May 25, 2015
I am a committed OCA member for over 30+ years and both my wife and I have served as OCA officers. My children have also held positions in OCA Youth. The reason for this Comment is that strong evidence exists to show that Affirmative Action while beneficial for Black-Americans and Latinos, has actually been used to preserve White admissions to prestige colleges and medical schools. Young qualified Asian-Americans have suffered as a result. The arguments advanced by the activistic 80-20 organization against Affirmative Action should be reviewed dispassionately. For OCA to ignore these arguments will affect the credibility of OCA . All OCA members should review the articulate arguments against affirmative action and come to some resolution. It appears that as Asian-Americans continue to achieve in the academic and business world, that re-evaluation of reflex support with other minority organizations may no longer be beneficial for our community.

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