I have been following the Harvard Asian Discrimination case, and I find it troubling that many established Asians seem apologetic for their success; they admit that they had "privileges" and seem to project the "privileges" onto the whole group.
But that is wrong. I have many first generation Chinese friends who are taking on multiple jobs (such as driving Lyft in the mid-night shift) just so their Children can receive a good education. Why should these children be held to a higher standard simply because they are Chinese? I have not heard any good explanation on that.
Have you? Yes this Edward Blum fellow may have ulterior motives, but it does not change the core of the case. These apologetic Asians argue that Harvard is giving preferences to under-represented minorities to make the class more diverse. Ok. But can any of them tell my Lyft driver friend why his children should be held to a higher academic standard than white kids? Imagine it were black kids who have to score 140 points higher on SAT than white kids to gain admission to Harvard?
Personally I am extremely grateful to America's education system as , including two graduate degrees from MIT. And I love the diversity of the campuses as much as anyone. My families also did extremely well. As well I absolutely believe that you can be successful anywhere; there are many great colleges in America.
But this problem is very very real. In recent years I have been working with a lot of Chinese students. Everyone knows that they have to score much higher (and do much more) to get into a top American college. It is tough for Chinese Americans (and virtually impossible for Chinese Chinese, but I won't go there). So I completely understand the anger of the Chinese American community. I applaud Jeff Sessions in saying that "no American should be denied admission to school because of their race". It has come to light that Harvard justify limiting Asian enrollment by scoring the Chinese American applicants low on personality rating.
This is a disgrace and just plainly wrong. Shame on Harvard. I hope this case makes to the Supreme court.
It is easy for those of us who have made it to dismiss the claim. It takes courage and compassion for people who have made it to stand up against a system that has helped them succeed, but we must. I too believe a great society should give opportunities to the disadvantaged, of ALL races and skin colors. Let's stand up for what is right.