Live Talk on Bias Against Asian Americans in University Admissions

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Southern California Public Radio will present a live taping of 89.3 KPCC-FM’s award-winning AirTalk on Wednesday, Feb. 12, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Japanese American National Museum’s National Center for the Preservation of Democracy, 111 N. Central Ave. (at First Street) in Little Tokyo.

Richard H. Sander

Richard H. Sander

The topic: “Is There Bias Against Asian Americans in University Admissions?”

Studies suggest that Asian American students at highly selective universities have mean SAT scores considerably higher than their classmates, yet are rejected at a disproportionate rate.

Enrollment at Ivy League schools remains stagnant as the number of Asian students in the U.S. has more than doubled in that period.

Is there a benign explanation for these numbers? Rumors of discriminatory quotas abound — what’s really happening?

Larry Mantle, who hosts KPCC’s “AirTalk” weekdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., addresses these questions with a panel of distinguished guests:

Nancy Leong

Nancy Leong

• Professor Richard H. Sander has taught at UCLA Law School since 1989. He has studied affirmative action and its impact since 2004 and is the author (along with Stuart Taylor Jr.) of the recent book “Mismatch: How Affirmative Action Hurts Students It’s Intended to Help, and Why Universities Won’t Admit It.”

• Professor Nancy Leong graduated magna cum laude from Northwestern University before attending Stanford Law School, where she graduated with distinction and was a member of the Stanford Law Review. Her scholarship and teaching interests include constitutional rights and remedies. She recently published an extensive article in the Harvard Law Review on the topic of racial capitalism. In the fall of 2013 she was a visiting professor at the School of Law at UCLA.

Albert Giang

Albert Giang

• Albert Giang is an attorney in private practice who has litigated numerous cases involving affirmative action in university admissions. He filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of 70 Asian American organizations defending the use of affirmative action. He has been named one of the leading “under 40” Asian American attorneys in the country.

This event is made possible by a grant from the Salvin Family Foundation.

To RSVP, call (213) 623-6003, ext. 10 or follow this link and click “RSVP for this event.”

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