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Some Chinese Parents Want To Defeat Affirmative Action In California Again. It Could Prove Harder This Time

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Royce Hall is pictured at the University of California, Los Angeles, in a recent file photo. (Adolfo Guzman-Lopez/LAist/KPCC)
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Affirmative action has long been a divisive issue among Asian Americans, and a vocal minority of mostly Chinese-born activists is pushing to defeat an effort to restore affirmative action to California’s public universities and state agencies. But it might prove diffucult for them, as the effort has gained steam amid the Black Lives Matter movement.

Assembly Constitutional Amendment 5 passed the Assembly on Wednesday and is expected to clear the Senate this month in time to be placed on the November ballot. The initiative would repeal an affirmative-action ban that was set when voters approved Proposition 209 more than two decades ago.

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