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Asian Americans news and analysis from The Nation
November 11, 2022
Affirmative Action Benefits All Students—Even Asian Americans
In October, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments for two cases against Harvard and the University of North Carolina in an effort to overturn
November 11, 2022
Conservatives Don’t Actually Have an Argument for Killing Affirmative Action
The Supreme Court hearings on affirmative action revealed just how weak the right-wing position is—but the GOP justices will overturn the policy anyway.
November 1, 2022
Make No Mistake, the Supreme Court Will Kill Affirmative Action
This week’s oral arguments made clear that the conservative justices will gut race-conscious admissions—and that the move won’t help Asian American students.
September 21, 2022
Remembering Ying Lee
Looking back at the life of a trailblazing activist and Berkeley’s first Asian American city council member.
September 8, 2022
We Were Supposed to Help Asian Migrant Women—Instead We Got Police
After the Atlanta spa shootings, people wanted to support vulnerable Asian communities. But a new breed of activists steered energy toward carceral solutions.
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June 28, 2022
How to Fight Decades of Environmental Racism
The NRDC’s new head of justice and equity talks about what environmental justice means, and how community power-building is essential to that work.
May 16, 2022
Frozen Between Two Languages
For Asian Americans, the fear of violence is real. Because of an incident six years ago, I’m still worried whenever my grandpa goes out alone.
April 18, 2022
Sex, Death, and Empire: The Roots of Violence Against Asian Women
The line from America’s earliest empire in the Philippines to Japan, Korea, Vietnam—and anti-Asian violence at home—is straight, clear, and written in blood.
October 13, 2021
The Unsure State of Asian America
A conversation with Jay Caspian Kang about how the term “Asian American” became “mostly meaningless.”
August 9, 2021
The Anti-Asian Roots of Today’s Anti-Immigrant Politics
Long before Trump, politicians on the country’s West Coast mobilized a white working-class base through violent hate of Chinese and Japanese immigrants.