A Yale University student is seen on campus in New Haven, Connecticut, in November 2010. The Justice Department accused Yale University on August 13, 2020 of violating US civil rights law by illegally discriminating against white and Asian-American applicants. Yale has dismissed the department’s finding as “meritless”. Photo: AFP A Yale University student is seen on campus in New Haven, Connecticut, in November 2010. The Justice Department accused Yale University on August 13, 2020 of violating US civil rights law by illegally discriminating against white and Asian-American applicants. Yale has dismissed the department’s finding as “meritless”. Photo: AFP
A Yale University student is seen on campus in New Haven, Connecticut, in November 2010. The Justice Department accused Yale University on August 13, 2020 of violating US civil rights law by illegally discriminating against white and Asian-American applicants. Yale has dismissed the department’s finding as “meritless”. Photo: AFP
Stefano Mariani
Opinion

Opinion

Stefano Mariani

Why US universities’ affirmative action policies are unfair to Asian Americans

  • Claiming there are structural barriers and trying to rectify them through affirmative action assumes that, in the absence of such barriers, ability would be evenly distributed across groups
  • Moreover, the policy seeks to redress an injustice to one group by penalising another

A Yale University student is seen on campus in New Haven, Connecticut, in November 2010. The Justice Department accused Yale University on August 13, 2020 of violating US civil rights law by illegally discriminating against white and Asian-American applicants. Yale has dismissed the department’s finding as “meritless”. Photo: AFP A Yale University student is seen on campus in New Haven, Connecticut, in November 2010. The Justice Department accused Yale University on August 13, 2020 of violating US civil rights law by illegally discriminating against white and Asian-American applicants. Yale has dismissed the department’s finding as “meritless”. Photo: AFP
A Yale University student is seen on campus in New Haven, Connecticut, in November 2010. The Justice Department accused Yale University on August 13, 2020 of violating US civil rights law by illegally discriminating against white and Asian-American applicants. Yale has dismissed the department’s finding as “meritless”. Photo: AFP
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Stefano Mariani

Stefano Mariani

Stefano Mariani is a tax lawyer practising in Hong Kong. He has written widely on Hong Kong and international taxation, and is a part-time lecturer at Hong Kong University. A member of the Royal Asiatic Society, his academic interests include East Asian history, culture, and identity.