Anonymous asked: SCA 5 stands for Senate Constitutional Amendment No. 5, not skin color act. what-
Yes, I know. The anon was trying to fear monger, which is not really something I approve of here.
Anonymous asked: It probably does not concern you, but have you heard of SCA 5, or otherwise known as skin color act 5? California state legislatures are allowing the discrimination of asian american into CSU and UC system schools because they want to admit more black and latino students to create more diversity. I really want to get more people informed about this as not alot of people do. It's a flat out regression of american civilization.
Let me address this quickly and briefly:
1. This isn’t really appropriate for this particular blog, which does not focus on American issues. I have one that does, you’ll find UShistoryminuswhiteguys linked at the top.
2. As a latina student I feel highly uncomfortable with the politicization of things where AAPI students are “pitted” against me. There is a long and awful history of mostly white politicians trying to set latino, black, and AAPI communities against each other. I want no part of that. I believe in solidarity and support between communities.
3. That said, as far as I am aware, that is absolutely NOT what SCA 5 does. Asian American activism site, Re Appropriate discusses: Top 5 anti-Affirmative Action Myths About SCA5.
Nearly twenty years ago, California voters passed Proposition 209, a ballot measure that effectively outlawed affirmative action in state-run institutions. Among other effects of Prop 209 was the loss of affirmative action policies — the ability for college admissions officers from being able to consider race among other application criteria — in the state-wide UC college system.
Prop 209 has had a devastating effect on UC schools: Black, Latino, Native American, Southeast Asian American and Pacific Islander admission rates have dropped precipitously relative to the pace of their population growth over the last twenty years, resulting in a public, taxpayer-funded university system that has effectively excluded many of the state’s underrepresented minority community — roughly 45% of the state’s total population — from access to quality secondary education.
Currently, the California House and Senate are considering Senate Constitutional Amendment 5 (SCA5), a bill that would create an exemption for public education from Prop 209, re-empowering the UC system to once again employ reasonable affirmative action policies in their admissions process. Should SCA5 pass the California Senate later this year, it will be put on the November ballot for public consideration. Passage of SCA5 is a necessary first step to restore access and equality for California’s underrepresented minorities to a college education.
Myth #5: Affirmative action only helps Blacks and Latinos, and hurts all Asian American/Pacific Islanders.
Fact: Despite the race-baiting of groups like 80-20, which took great pains to point out that SCA5′s sponsor is Hispanic, affirmative action is not a policy that only helps Black and Latino students. Affirmative action policies help all underrepresented identities from a diversity of backgrounds, and (under Title IX) has most notably helped achieve admissions parity for female students in higher education. Currently, students of many racial identities are underrepresented in UC colleges, including many ethnicities that identify with the larger Asian American and Pacific Islander racial identities, and restoring affirmative action to the UC college system will help many of these AAPI students.
More importantly, homogeneous student bodies breed homogeneity in thought. Encouraging diversity in the UC student body will foster a broader representation of divergent viewpoints in UC classrooms, critical for high-quality education. A college education is not just about earning grades and degrees: it is about expanding a student’s horizons through academic debate and dialogue. Asian American students, even East Asians who are not beneficiaries of conventional affirmative action programs, will have access to a far improved college education when campus diversity is improved. Writes the National Commission on Asian American Pacific Islander Research in Education:
[R]esearchers found that informal interactional diversity – attending a cultural awareness workshop, discussing issues related to race, and socializing with people of different races – was a positive predictor of higher levels of intellectual engagement, academic skills, civic engagement, and racial/cultural engagement for Asian American college students.
Despite the fear-mongering of extremist anti-affirmative action Asian American groups in recent weeks, I am optimistic that most of California’s AAPI voters will see through the hate and vote to restore affirmative action to the UC. Indeed, in a recent comprehensive study of Asian Americans, the National Asian American Survey found that roughly 70% of Asian Americans support affirmative action programs.
Please don’t let the lies and misinformation surrounding SCA5 continue to position Asian Americans against other minority communities. Even if you’re not a California voter, Asian Americans need to stand in support of affirmative action, and against hateful and misinformed race-baiting rhetoric. Spread this post widely and tweet your own support of SCA5 to #NoLiesNoHate and #StandWithSCA5.
You can also find the Asian Americans Advancing Justice Law caucus statement here.
I’m not quite sure why this has become an US vs THEM issue. I do not live in California, so I am not a voter. But AA has never prevented people from getting in somewhere, it has only given more people the opportunity to get in. It would not allow anyone to discriminate against AAPI students. I’m not really sure where you got that from.
Perhaps a californian would be able to elaborate.
jorowyourboat asked: Hey, I'm supposed to do a short talk for my brother about a major event in early Asian history. I'm pretty much clueless about Asian history, which is a problem. I was wondering if you wouldn't mind tossing out a couple of events that you think are cool/important/a personal favorite that I could go and read up on?
I suggest you take a look at the time line available here: http://afe.easia.columbia.edu/ which is also listed in my resources section. It’s designed for educators, and is easy to access. The Asian Art Museum of San Francisco also has a stunning education website with activities, lesson plans, tags, a search, etc: http://education.asianart.org/
This is Leizu (aka Xi Ling Shi) the ancient Chinese empress credited with inventing silk in 2640 BC. A teenager and wife of the Yellow Emperor Leizu was outside having tea one day when a silk worm cocoon fell into her cup. She fiddled and toyed with the cocoon and noticed fine shiny strands emanating from it. Leizu, totally fascinated by the strands, gathered together her ladies in waiting to formulate a technique of weaving the strands together to make a cloth. Eventually they succeeded and she presented this cloth to her husband, the Emperor. Leizu went on the develop sericulture, the science behind producing silk.
Chinese Women Producing Silk 12th Century AD
The legendary tale of how she invented this wonderous material was recorded by Chinese academic, Confucius. No one truly knows how much of the story is true and how much of it is myth but Leizu went on to be revered and respected by the Chinese people. Sericulture remained a woman only science in China for thousands of years. Silk went on to become one of China’s biggest exports with cloths found all over the world. The method of production was kept secret for 3000 years and people found trying to teach others or smuggle worms out of China were executed.