Professor Reginald Oh has published an article in Washington Monthly titled “Asian Americans and the Pursuit of Unhappiness.” The article discusses the ongoing litigation over Harvard’s affirmative action admissions policies, as well as the pressures experienced by some Asian Americans to achieve.
Professor Oh states, “What is the path forward for young Asian Americans? One path could be working to end negative action and racially biased decisions against Asian Americans. But the aim should not be an end to affirmative action, which not only would frustrate the American Dream of racially integrated schools, it also would only intensify the hyper-focus on achievement, and the stress and pressure that comes along with it. . . . The way forward requires finding creative ways to accommodate both family and self.”