Race, Rights, and the Asian American Experience

Race, Rights, and the Asian American Experience

Race, Rights, and the Asian American Experience

Race, Rights, and the Asian American Experience

Synopsis

Angelo N. Ancheta is an assistant professor of law at the Santa Clara University School of Law, and directs the university's Katharine & George Alexander Community Law Center.

Excerpt

Since the first edition of this book was published in 1998, there have been extraordinary developments in American race relations, civil rights law, immigration policy, and, most notably, national security and anti-terrorism efforts following the tragic events of September 11, 2001. The arcs of law, history, and racial theory affecting Asian Americans have remained just as salient as when the first edition was completed: racial discrimination, both subtle and overt, persists in many sectors of American life, and Asian Americans still suffer from treatment both as “perpetual foreigners” and as a “model minority” group. But with the passage of time, the justifications for a second edition became increasingly clear: basic updating of statistics and census data was much needed, new forms of anti-Asian sentiment and discrimination have sprouted as antiterrorism activities have come to dominate federal policy making, and recent trends in legislation and judicial decision making have been moving the country even further away from the ideals of racial justice.

Among the cases included in this edition are United States v. Wen Ho Lee, perhaps the most notorious example in recent years of racial profiling against Asian Americans in the service of national security interests, and Grutter v. Bollinger and Gratz v. Bollinger, the University of Michigan affirmative action cases in which the U.S. Supreme Court clarified the constitutional boundaries of race-conscious admissions in higher education. Asian Americans have also been at the storm center of many of the debates involving immigrants' rights issues such as bilingual education, detention policies, and illegal immigration reform. The second edition highlights some of the recent developments in these areas, while also noting the progress that Asian Americans have made in important spheres of power. Asian Americans occupy increasingly prominent roles in the corporate sector, the military, entertainment, and academia . . .

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