Asian-Americans - the 'model minority' at a crossroads

As their numbers and influence grow, so has the tussle over their loyalties

(NYTIMES) - This past week, the Trump Justice Department threw its weight behind a high-profile lawsuit against Harvard University, in which a group of Asian-American plaintiffs claim - with a great deal of evidence - that the famous Ivy League school discriminates against them as it once discriminated against Jews.

This happened in the same moment that the No. 1 movie in the United States was Crazy Rich Asians, a guilty-pleasure romantic comedy about a young female Chinese-American economist in love with a Singaporean heir.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 03, 2018, with the headline 'Asian-Americans - the 'model minority' at a crossroads'. Print Edition | Subscribe