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Articulating Race – Asian American Neoconservative Renditions of Equality


This article discusses race-based policies in education and the merit and racialization of groups. The issue explores the consequences of the Consent Decree of 1979. The Ho Lawsuit is discussed as reframing the issue from desegregation to affirmative action. The lawsuit legal battle created tension between politically powerful influential organizations such as the Chinese for Affirmative Actions. Thus the Asian American community becomes disjointed when some groups promote a political stance that is not beneficial to the entire community. Critical forum between the progressive and neo-conservative Asian American groups are needed. A debate is a good way to break through the stereotypes against race-based policies to uncover the misconceptions constructed by ‘color-blind’ rhetoric.

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