As an Asian-American dude, I can relate.
Aaron Jun

Well it’s interesting the way that ideas of ‘blood’ and genetics still permeates this issue. For example, Asian brains being geared towards STEM subjects, with the caveat that ‘they’ aren’t very good at creativity. The language and the actual facts presented are different, but the language in these stories always speak about race as an en bloc phenomenon, and abilities as somehow ‘built in’, ie. de facto innate. This is the same way that achievements by African runners and black sportspeople are subtly denigrated in a racialised narrative.

So what would I have wanted to see? Absolutely nothing — IF it’s not an issue to us that universities don’t represent wider racial diversity AND we truly are a post-racial society, THEN we shouldn’t need to write any. single. article. about ‘Asians’ getting into university. In this case, the writers need to accept that this isn’t some aberration (hey, we’re all post-racial now, remember?, that you’re losing (not my view, but the view of the articles that laud Asians as model minorities), or truly stand up for equality. If we can’t conceive of a black person kicking our arse in an intellectual pursuit, then we’re basically, still racist.

(Side note re: your other comment — it’s a good point perhaps, albeit maybe poorly worded. I understand that the same psychological principles about insecurity apply to everyone, and raises huge issues about the state of modern society, social atomisation, the role of capital in this, and more. But the specific issues about proving oneself here are linked to the concept that society as a whole remains structurally, actively racist even now.)

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