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To the Editors of The Crimson:

The Crimson editorial of November 4 pointed to the psychological dilemma Asian Americans face in their ambiguous position as "non-minorities" at Harvard. Beyond the question of psychological marginality, however, stands the University's refusal to include Asian Americans in minority recruitment, admissions and activities.

This September, the exclusion of two Asian American women from the Minority Banquet called into question the University of non-minority status for Asian Americans. Since then, many individuals and organizations have united in support of the Coalition of Asian Americans' demands for minority recognition.

On September 19, a joint letter demanding full minority recognition for Asian Americans was sent to Dean Epps from the Coalition of Asian Americans, La Organization, the Task Force on Affirmative Action, H R Raza, the Association of Black Radcliffe Women, the Black Students Science Organization, Diaspora and the Kuumba Singers. Dean Epps has yet to respond. On October 15, the Coalition of Asian Americans presented their demands to Dean Epps. Again, Dean Epps failed to respond. The letter sent on October 28 by Josephine Lok and Bet Har Wong, the women excluded from the Minority Banquet, has not been answered by Dean Epps. Finally, the statement delivered to Dean Epps on November 4 from the Task Force on Affirmative Action remains unanswered.

We question Dean Epps' unwillingness to answer to the demands raised campus-wide for minority recognition for Asian Americans. This issue has been raised and will continue to be raised until it is resolved. Karen Winkler and Florence Houn,   Task Force on Affirmative Action

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