I'm Vietnamese and the first in my family (immediate, extended, and of any generation) to go to medical school. And my mother and I are refugees, she's a single parent, we had to learn a new culture and language and deal with poverty and some discrimination. BUT the reason I think many do not consider any asians URM becuase the history of racism against african americans affects that group the most. I feel that this country owes more of a debt to black people than to asians (although I do acknowledge the war crimes in vietnam, internment of japanese, and abuse of chinese railroad workers). I go to Howard and that school's purpose is to train black physicians and they gave me (an asian) a chance and I am eternaly greatful to them. I say to all the asians out there complaining of URM preferences that we have it good compared to the oppression faced by african americans, and I'm not just talking slavery, remember the civil rights movement was only some 30-40 years ago in the 60's.