Tenement Talks

A Seat in the Classroom: Asian Americans, Access and Education


When: Thursday, September 26, 2019, 6:30 pm (Doors open at 6:00 pm)

Event Location: 103 Orchard Street

Cost: FREE

As part of our acclaimed Tenement Talk series, join us for a free panel discussion in partnership with Scholars Strategy Network.

Recent immigrants often see education as the key to upward mobility, success and the American Dream. First- and second-generation immigrants from Asia, who now make up the largest proportion of immigrants to the U.S., are high educational achievers – half of Asian American adults have a bachelor’s degree or higher, significantly more than any other demographic group in the nation. But the debate over access to education often pits immigrant communities against one another; high-profile controversies find advocates of a purely merit-based system squaring off against those who promote proportional representation for a range of demographic groups.

Join us to explore this complex issue with experts in the field, touching on preferential admissions policies in elite universities, standardized testing for merit-based public school admissions, and emerging ways to ensure that all communities have access to high-quality education.


Margaret Chin, Associate Professor of Sociology, Hunter College
Jeannie Park, President of the Harvard Asian American Alumni Association
Van Tran, Associate Professor of Sociology, The Graduate Center
Moderated by Jessica Gould, WNYC education reporter

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