#NotYourWedge Twitter Townhall Features Asian American Panelists in Support of Affirmative Action

Earlier today, Asian American scholars and activists organized a Twitter townhall to discuss affirmative action on the hashtag #NotYourWedge.  The six panelists for the event were (including myself):

  • Jenn Fang, Founder/Editor of Reappropriate (@reappropriate)
  • Jason Fong, Former Intervener in SFFA v. Harvard (@jasonfongwrites)
  • Nancy Leong, Law Professor at the University of Denver (@nancyleong)
  • OiYan Poon, Professor of Higher Education at Colorado State University (@spamfriedrice)
  • Anurima Bhargava, Former Chief of the Educational Opportunities Section of the Civil Rights Division at the US Department of Justice (@anurima)
  • Janelle Wong, Political Science & Asian American Studies Professor at the University of Maryland (@ProfJanelleWong)

The townhall was co-hosted by:

  • Advancing Justice – Los Angeles (@AAAJ_LA)
  • Vanessa Teck, Doctoral Student (@VanessaTeck)
  • Amanda Assalone, co-Chair of the Asian Pacific American Network (@assalone1)
  • Rachel Luna, Higher Education Doctoral Student (@RachelHLuna)

After the jump, you can read the archive of today’s townhall!


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  • pzed

    Jenn, who went to Cornell and wants to pull the ladder up with her to deny her fellow Asians a pathway to an elite education. Congrats, I hope you’re proud. What an enlightening panel with only AA supporters and zero people on it who actually want to debate the issue instead of congratulating themselves on what magnanimous people Asians should be for every group but their own. You do NOT stand for Asian Americans. You stand for Asian Americans that sell their own people down the river.

  • mmjames

    Well at least it’s good to know that non-asians don’t believe that it is right for College admissions to use race to advantage or disadvantage a candidate according to a recent gallup poll.

    “There are differences between whites, blacks and Hispanics in response to the question asking if race or ethnicity should be taken into account in college admissions decisions in order to promote diversity, with 44% of blacks agreeing, compared with 22% of whites and 29% of Hispanics. Still, half of blacks are more likely to agree with the merit approach.”