I hope I didn’t bring anyone down yesterday with my depressing post about lack of hope. Thank you, ChineseMom, for cheering me up with this article: The Model Minority Is Losing Patience. It’s an article about how Asian American children seem to getting the shaft from affirmative action, and how Asian American parents are waking up to the reality of racism in college admissions. I’m not happy about the racism, but I’m happy that young Asian Americans are aware of it.
This is funny in a not-so-funny way:
Many Asian parents think this is wrong. They woke up a long time ago to the need to counter the stereotype of the maths-nerd Asian who does nothing but work, and encouraged their children to diversify—into music, debating, charity work, sports, everything that is supposed to increase students’ chances of admission. But many who have excelled in those areas, including Mr Wang and Irene Liu, a student from Massachusetts with a similarly stellar CV, were rejected by the Ivy League. Ms Liu’s mother, Tricia, says, “I feel angry about it. We came for the American dream: you work hard, you do well. This just doesn’t add up.” Irene has accepted a place at a top Canadian university, and is happy about it. Her mother isn’t: “It breaks my heart that she’s going abroad. If she had gone to Harvard, I could have brought her dumplings.”
Yup, because if you’re Asian, you’re a second class citizen who gets shipped off to Canada. Thank goodness the Economist is helping to tell our stories. You all probably notice the stony silence coming from our liberal ethnic media.
As a side note, I don’t think it’s particularly unusual that most Asians vote Democratic. It’s a choice: Do you support a party that supports racist policies against Asians, or do you go for the other side, which denies global warming, is trying to get rid of a woman’s right to choose, uses government shutdowns to hold the country hostage, discriminates against gay people, is populated by fundamentalist Bible Thumpers, and has Donald Trump as the frontrunner? (Keep in mind that I do not think Hillary would make a good president either.) Asians may be mostly Democratic, but that shouldn’t be an indicator that we support racism against our own.