Mineta served during the Clinton and Bush administrations, leading the Department of Transportation through the aftermath of the 9/11 terror attacks.
The case has been closely watched as courts continue to evaluate the role that racial considerations can play when deciding who should be admitted to a particular school.
The way data on racial groups is typically collected in the U.S. has sidelined smaller Asian populations like Hmong, Lao and Filipino Americans for decades. Now, there are growing calls for change.
The all-around champion, who is Hmong American, says she was with a group of friends of Asian descent in Los Angeles when people in a passing car yelled at them to "go back to where they came from."
In response to attacks against Asian Americans, there are efforts in some major U.S. cities to pool funds for taxi or app-based rides for people who feel unsafe walking or taking public transport.
The Atlanta shooting has led to heated discussion about the blame — and violence — aimed at Asians during the pandemic. It's the latest example in a long history of hatred fueled by disease.
The previously scheduled visit was to have included a celebration of the recently passed $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package, but Tuesday's deadly shootings at area spas caused a change in plans.
North Carolina lawmakers are planning on reintroducing hate crimes legislation this session. This comes after eight people, most of them Asian women, were killed in Atlanta this week.
Racially motivated attacks against Asian Americans have been on the rise since the start of the pandemic, but a Los Angeles-based civil rights group says the actual numbers are even higher.
Pew Research Center found 83% of Asian Americans said they would get a vaccine compared to 42% of Blacks. White and Latinx respondents were about even with 63% and 61% respectively saying they would.