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Reconsidering Asian Exclusion and Immigrant Rights

Authored by: Sujani K. Reddy

The Routledge Handbook of Asian American Studies

Print publication date:  December  2016
Online publication date:  December  2016

Print ISBN: 9780415738255
eBook ISBN: 9781315817514
Adobe ISBN: 9781317813927

10.4324/9781315817514.ch23

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Abstract

In 2002 a group of five prisoners at San Quentin State Prison in California submitted a list of proposals to improve their education. The men were part of an accredited college program that linked university-based volunteers with inmates who could, through its courses, earn an Associate of Arts degree. Viêt Mike Ngo, one of the petitioning prisoner-students, states that:

We requested that the decision-making process concerning classes taught and who teaches them be more inclusive; that a student body committee and one veteran volunteer be created to facilitate this process. We specifically asked for more Ethnic Studies classes due to demand from volunteer professors and prisoner students. We disagreed to plans of corporate sponsorship without first seeking or receiving input from the student body and objected to the local prison policy that prohibited correspondence between prisoners and volunteers, citing that it violated prison regulations as well as the First Amendment. 1

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