Tag: asian americans

Trump In It to Win It

 

Ballot boxPresident Trump has never accepted losing in his lifetime. Oh, he has certainly gone through severe reversals in the very cyclical real estate business. However, Donald J. Trump has always had an eye on the next win, the next big success. 2020 is not a carbon copy of 2016, but it most certainly is another instance of Trump Speed competition, in this case competition for at least 270 electoral college votes. To achieve that goal, President Trump spent the past three and a half years working to broaden his pool of voters, especially among racial minorities long ignored by the Republican Party.

Hispanic/Latino voters:

In a recent Florida MAGA rally, President Trump specifically called on Puerto Ricans to get out and vote. Puerto Ricans are United States citizens, with the same right to travel within the boundaries of the United States as other citizens. Following the natural disaster of Hurricane Maria, the man-made disaster of chronic and endemic political corruption made recovery across Puerto Rico very slow. This was due to both poor infrastructure construction before the storm and rank local corruption trying to extract benefits from the massive federal aid. Some number of Puerto Ricans voted with their feet, moving to places like Florida, where a Republican governor welcomed them. The great fear is that these citizens will vote Democrat in Florida, bringing the political plague with them.

Trump and Asian Americans

 

William Huang, a prolific demographic researcher who was raised under China’s one-child policy published an article tracking how Trump is doing in the 2020 campaign with Asians versus his 2016 campaign. Some highlights:

When a blind Chinese activist named Chen Guangcheng spoke at the Republican National Convention praising Trump for standing up to the Beijing regime in August, many Democrats called him ungrateful, as the Chinese lawyer and pro-life activist who exposed the evils of the one-child policy implemented in his hometown of Linyi was rescued from China and found refuge in America during the Obama administration.

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According to this article, the Justice Department is criticizing Harvard for using race as a deciding factor in not offering admittance to south- and east-Asians (full disclosure: by father is mostly Indian & Chinese, among other races / ethnicities). We’ve known for years that colleges & universities have been doing this, since these non-white students […]

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Harvard’s Asian Exclusion

 

It is with decidedly mixed emotions that I wade into a discussion of the high-profile case of Students for Fair Admissions v. Harvard, in which a large cohort of Asian American students has joined forces to challenge Harvard’s admissions process on the grounds that it discriminates against them.

The source of my mixed emotions lies in a simple dichotomy. As a matter of first principle, I think that Harvard University (and all the other preeminent universities that have leapt to its defense) should have the absolute right to determine the students whom they admit and the grounds on which they admit them. By the same token, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 provides explicitly to the contrary: “No person in the United States shall, on the ground of race, color, or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”

Start with the matter of principle. My defense of Harvard does not rest on any necessary affection for diversity. Rather, it starts from the simple premise that Harvard is not a common carrier or a public utility. Like every other private university, it should be entitled to run its own establishment as it sees fit, given that it operates in a competitive market. My purpose is to defend Harvard on this unfashionable ground, while repudiating the grounds on which it chooses to defend itself. Harvard and its supporters at peer universities “speak with one voice to emphasize the profound importance of a diverse student body for their educational institutions.” Sadly, it is quite worrisome that these leading universities entertain no diversity of opinion among themselves on the role of diversity in academic institutions. In practice, they care only about diversity of race and ethnic origin and show little or no interest in intellectual or political diversity.

The New White Flight

 

One of our local school districts made the front page of the New York Times this past weekend, in a story titled District Eases Pressure on Students, Baring an Ethnic Divide. In a nutshell, the West Windsor-Plainsboro (WW-P) school district is implementing policies such as eliminating mid-terms and finals at the high school level, and making it easier for students to earn a seat in the district’s orchestra program. These measures are being taken in response to concerns by school counselors and parents that the district’s hyper-competitive academic program is putting students at risk for anxiety and depression.

I should qualify that last sentence. It’s not all parents that are concerned. Predominantly, it’s the white ones. WW-P, as it’s known, is about 65% Asian and growing. As the Times article points out, most WW-P Asian parents are just fine with the current level of rigor.

Why Does Harvard Discriminate against Asians?

 

We’re conservatives around here, though we often disagree about what, exactly, that means. But one area where there’s common agreement — at least, it’s always seemed to me — is the whole idea of racial preferences and set-asides. We’re against them, most of us. Mostly, the liberals are for them. But sometimes they get all tied up in knots when there’s an ethnic group being held back by quotas. Asians, for instance, seem to be actively discriminated against when applying to Harvard. From an editorial in the New York Times:

To get into the top schools, [Asians] need SAT scores that are about 140 points higher than those of their white peers. In 2008, over half of all applicants to Harvard with exceptionally high SAT scores were Asian, yet they made up only 17 percent of the entering class (now 20 percent). Asians are the fastest-growing racial group in America, but their proportion of Harvard undergraduates has been flat for two decades.