Nov. 29th, 2010

Too asian?

Nov. 29th, 2010 02:18 pm
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A few weeks ago, Macleans (a popular Canadian weekly news magazine known for, among other things, its yearly university rankings) published an article claiming that top universities in Canada had become "too asian" and as a result other (white) students were feeling intimidated to apply. It's a pretty typical case of "meritocracy is great up until the white majority folk start losing out, in which case it's time for crying and wringing of hands!" QQ.

I only heard about it because I happened across an asian blog... and I don't normally read those, being not particularly strongly identified as asian. But I think it's worth sharing some quotes so you can get up to speed on this dubious piece of journalism and stereotypes:

Although university administrators here are loath to discuss the issue, students talk about it all the time. "Too Asian" is not about racism, say students like Alexandra: many white students simply believe that competing with Asians - both Asian Canadians and international students - requires a sacrifice of time and freedom they're not willing to make. They complain that they can't compete for spots in the best schools and can't party as much as they'd like (too bad for them, most will say). Asian kids, meanwhile, say they are resented for taking the spots of white kids. "At graduation a Canadian - i.e. 'white' - mother told me that I'm the reason her son didn't get a space in university and that all the immigrants in the country are taking up university spots," says Frankie Mao, a 22-year-old arts student at the University of British Columbia. "I knew it was wrong, being generalized in this category," says Mao, "but f–k, I worked hard for it."

You can see the original article and some commentary here.

Quotes, commentary, responses, and what it means to be asian )And finally, the succinct response I liked best:

Too competitive? Psshh. You need to put down that Jager shot, pick up a book, and suck it up.


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