posted by Dyske
From The Boston Globe, Do colleges redline Asian-Americans?
In California, where passage of a 1996 referendum banned government institutions from discriminating on the basis of race, Asians make up about 40 percent of public university students, though they account for only 13 percent of residents.
I actually thought “discriminating on the basis of race” was illegal everywhere. Did Affirmative Action legalize racial discrimination for college entrance? I guess I’ve been too ignorant of this.
“Some Asian-American students feel that they lost something by going to school at a place where almost half of their classmates look like themselves – a campus like UCLA. The students said they didn’t feel as well prepared in intercultural skills for the real world.’’
This is the lamest argument I’ve ever heard. “Some Asian-American students”? Where did they dig up these Asian-American students? Sounds like they looked really hard for a legitimate-sounding reason to justify racial discrimination against Asian-Americans. By the time these kids are at the top of their careers, they would be dealing with a lot of Chinese business people, so they are getting a taste of “the real world” all right.
I really don’t see why schools should use race as a criteria for acceptance. I’m surprised that they are allowed to. How do they do it in the first place? Do you have to write down your race on your college application form? Or, do they try to figure out their race from looking at their last names? (If so, it’s a good thing my daughter took my wife’s last name.)
I don’t think there is any legitimate reason for setting the bar higher for Asian Americans. I think it’s racism, pure and simple. Even if 90% of Harvard becomes Asian, what’s wrong with it? What exactly are the issues? “The real world” experience? That is nonsense. If the real world experience is their concern, they should be accepting a lot of stupid people too because everyone needs to learn how to deal with dumb people as well as smart people. “The real world” is filled with both.
I suspect that the reason why these prestigious universities do not want their schools to turn Asian is because they are concerned about their own image. They do not want their schools to turn into a Chinese school. When you are an academic, you get paid not by money but by prestige and respect. The last thing they want is someone saying, “Oh, you teach at a Chinese school.”
They are probably fearing that the brand image of their school would be ruined, if the majority of their school were to become Asian, and many white students and professors would start leaving for more posh and prestigious white schools; perhaps even to schools in Europe.
I think this is all about brand management.