June 14, 2002
The Invisibility of Asian-American Scholars
There are no Asian-American public intellectuals. The absence of such scholars from public-policy discussions may be the result of external as well as internal causes, but it is detrimental to more than Asian-Americans alone. The democratic process depends on the equal participation of all individuals and groups. Changing the situation is crucial and will require our determined efforts.
Public intellectuals lead an open life of the mind, commanding a broad audience with a deep