Claire Jean Kim

However, as Claire Jean Kim, professor of political science and Asian American studies at the University of California, Irvine, recognizes, telling the story of “Asian Americans as a model minority who have made it on their own cultural steam only to be victimized by the ‘reverse discrimination’ of race-conscious programs allows White opinion makers to lambast such programs without appearing racist — or to reassert their racial privileges while abiding by the norms of colorblindness. It allows them to displace what is fundamentally a White–non-White conflict over resources (higher education, jobs, businesses, contracts) onto a proxy skirmish between non-Whites, thus shifting attention away from the exercise of White racial power.”

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