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Old 09-06-2019, 01:53 PM
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College admission has been racist against Asians for quite some time. It was widely discussed where I grew up that if you were Asian, you should not indicate any race on your college application because it will make it harder to gain admission.

The history of discrimination and racism against Asians is long. From the Chinese Exclusion Act, to about 1965 or so, Asians experienced widespread discrimination. The vestiges of that is still prevalent in Asian communities. Consider that Chinese were not allowed to become citizens until about the 1940s, were not allowed to marry a white person, own land etc. It wasn't until the 1960s where immigration from China was allowed much more than a couple hundred people per year.

Chinatowns arose because Chinese could not safely travel, do business with, or transact outside of their communities. Consider if you were a Chinese person born when immigration was allowed, you would not be about 55 years old. You could have children that are between 20-35, at the point where they would be rising in their careers. But Asians are still greatly underrepresented in management positions, in law firm partnerships:

Across the country, the results are the same. Our analysis of national EEOC workforce data found that Asian American white-collar professionals are the least likely group to be promoted from individual contributor roles into management — less likely than any other race, including blacks and Hispanics. And our analysis found that white professionals are about twice as likely to be promoted into management as their Asian American counterparts.


These issues aren’t confined to the tech industry. Similar concerns were raised about the legal profession in a 2017 study coauthored by Goodwin Liu, associate justice of the California Supreme Court. Published by the Yale Law School and the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, the report found that Asian Americans are well-represented in law — they’re more than 10% of the graduates of the top 30 law schools — yet “have the highest attrition rates and lowest ratio of partners to associates among all [racial] groups.”
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