Connie takes a look at Bush's policies after 9/11, which resulted in increased hate crimes and racial profiling against South Asians, who were often mistaken to be Middle Eastern or Muslim. The No Child Left Behind Act lacked sufficient funding for bilingual language programs, causing poorer
test performances and higher numbers of dropouts for Asian American
On the other hand, Bush did have more Asian Americans in his administration than any other president, including two cabinet members, Labor Secretary Elaine Chao and Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta. Bush's health care policies increased funding to organizations that served Asian American communities and many Chinese Americans approved of his handling of relations with China and Taiwan.
It was eight years of good, bad and ugly. Read all of Connie's analysis. Our publishing system does not allow comments on Web articles, so if you want to discuss the story, do it here.