I have been in many places where they say Asians are very smart, and when it comes to school that is their first priority. I have actually witnessed this myself. A lot of the top high schools such as Bronx school of science or etc., many of the students are Asians. I see that they work very hard to get into that school, because I know I couldn’t get in. Because of this theory, in my opinion Asians have no difficulty getting into an Ivy League college. Boy was I wrong. In an article called “Some Asian Students Don’t Identify as Asian for College Admissionsdiscussed how it is actually said to be more difficult to get into an Ivy league school.

For years, many Asian-Americans have been convinced that it’s harder for them to gain admission to the nation’s top colleges

I was actually really shocked by this. In the article Lanya Olmstead, a student who applied to Harvard university, considered herself to be half Taiwanese and half Norwegian. When applying she only put down that she was white. At first i was like why, but as i continued to read i understood why she checked only white. These studies were based on Asian-Americans.

“I didn’t want to put `Asian’ down,” Olmstead says, “because my mom told me there’s discrimination against Asians in the application process…Studies show that Asian-Americans meet these colleges’ admissions standards far out of proportion to their 6 percent representation in the U.S. population, and that they often need test scores hundreds of points higher than applicants from other ethnic groups to have an equal chance of admission.

I feel that this is not fair. Why do students who are Asian-American have to work harder in order to get into these types of school, while every other race does not. Everyone should have the same advantage of getting into a school like harvard, or any other school. It almost seem as though it is a problem to be an Asian,because with their high SAT scores and etc, they are most likely to get in. But there is too much of them, as critics stated in the article.   As i continued to read i realized that they were being put into a particular sterotype. A stereotype that stated that Asians are like “boring academic robots”. The Asian-Americans were not looked at as individuals but as  the “boring academic robots” . So with that they were not being admitted into these colleges unless they put down another race. Not only this but some students felt that if they checked asian they would have to work harder in order to keep the stereotype that asians are smart, and work very hard. Lanya stated she will encourage students like her to fill out the white box.

This is a very difficult thing for most students and families because most Asians family are very strict on their culture and for their child to put down half of their race is basically putting it aside. The stereotypes that are out there ,about any race is very difficult for people to handle. All in all this article is very interesting, and i had no idea this was going on. This is the link for the website, to read more on the information. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/04/some-asian-students-dont-_n_1128037.html


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  1. lianadavydov says:

    I had actually read this article and wanted to write a blog post on it!! I personally would have never thought that Asians would have to hide the fact they they are Asian on admission applications. We just assume because they tend to be very bright they have no problem getting into any college their hearts desire, apparently that is not the case.