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October 05, 2020 Rapid Response

Roundtable on Exclusion in the Asian American Community

In “Who Counts as Asian?” Jennifer Lee and Karthick Ramakrishnan share findings of an empirical study on understandings of the “Asian American” category. They reveal significant patterns of South Asian exclusion, especially as “Asian American” is commonly used as a proxy for East Asian. This roundtable gathers law professors, administrators, and practitioners to discuss how exclusion in the Asian American community has implications for legal education, the legal profession, courts, practice, and the international context.


  • Nadia Ahmad, Associate Professor of Law, Barry University Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law; Council Member, ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice; Co-Chair, Environmental Justice Committee, ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice
  • Shih-Chun Chien, Research Social Scientist, American Bar Foundation
  • Cyra Choudhury, Professor of Law, Florida International University College of Law
  • Meera Deo, Professor of Law, Thomas Jefferson School of Law; 2020-21 William H. Neukom Fellows Research Chair in Diversity and Law, American Bar Foundation
  • Aya Gruber, Professor of Law, University of Colorado Law School
  • Vinay Harpalani, Associate Professor of Law, University of New Mexico School of Law
  • Manjusha P. Kulkarni, Executive Director, Asian Pacific Policy and Planning Council
  • Karthick Ramakrishnan, Professor of Political Science and Public Policy, University of California, Riverside; Co-Author, “Who Counts as Asian?”
  • Shruti Rana, Assistant Dean for Curricular and Undergraduate Affairs; Diversity Officer; Director of the International Law and Institutions Program; Professor, International Law Practice and Class of 1963 Wells Program Professor, Indiana University Bloomington
  • Amer Zahr, Adjunct Professor, University of Detroit Mercy


  • Ruchika Sharma, Program Associate, ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice & ABA International Law Section


Who Counts as Asian?

Unequal Profession: Race and Gender in Legal Academia

Diversity Within Diversity: The Varied Experiences of Asian and Asian American Law Students

DesiCrit: Theorizing the Racial Ambiguity of South Asian Americans

Ambiguity, Ambivalence, and Awakening: A South Asian Becoming 'Critically' Aware of Race in America

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