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Two stories about demographics that are interesting, Military Mirrors Working-Class America and Affirmative Action Case Splits Asian Americans. Free registration required for both.

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  1. Funny how they got through that whole piece without mentioning that our last two presidents were draft-dodgers. But it would be a very good thing to see Jenna Bush enlisting – and it might even straighten her out…

  2. Asians benefit from affirmative action. They are no different than blacks or Mexicans. However, it’s not in the realm of colleges and universities. Rather, they can become “preferred” minority providers to Fortune 500 companies and the federal government just like blacks and Mexicans. And they too can borrow money from financial institutions at sweetheart interest rates, thanks to the Community Reinvestment Act.

    BTW, why is it never mentioned that almost all colleges and universities in the U.S. were founded and funded by whites, other than a handful of black institutions? Why don’t the Chinese, Korean, Japanese and Indians endow a university or two? Instead of Leland Stanford, how about Connie Chung?

  3. BTW, why is it never mentioned that almost all colleges and universities in the U.S. were founded and funded by whites, other than a handful of black institutions? Why don’t the Chinese, Korean, Japanese and Indians endow a university or two? Instead of Leland Stanford, how about Connie Chung?

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    Why would anyone need to mention that ? eeveryone knows that the USA was ,until recently, an essentially biracial nation (white-black), with the blacks on the margins of society.
    So why would anyone need to be reminded that most colleges and universities were founded by whites ? Isn’t it obvious ? Who says the contrary ? what’s your point ?

  4. Roger Chaillet:
    “Asians benefit from affirmative action. They are no different than blacks or Mexicans. However, it’s not in the realm of colleges and universities. Rather, they can become “preferred” minority providers to Fortune 500 companies and the federal government just like blacks and Mexicans. And they too can borrow money from financial institutions at sweetheart interest rates, thanks to the Community Reinvestment Act. “

    Based on test results (like SAT, MCAT, LSAT, MENSA IQ tests) in which certain Asian groups (like Indians, Chinese, Koreans etc…) do very well compared to Whites, I doubt many, if any, of these Asians need any help competing with Whites for Fortune 500 jobs.

    Whatever miniscule benefit these particular Asian groups derive from Affirmative Action, is grossly offset by its negative ramifications for these Asians in college/ post- college institutions.

  5. on fortune 500 companies-i suspect accrued social & cultural capital is important to get top spots in them, so WASPs will still dominate without affirmative action. the problem of course is that affirmative action probably removes any incentive to develop and cultivate that sort of capital, and encourages skills to manipulate the AA system instead (as opposed to getting into the country club & joining the episcopalian church).

  6. I was not aware of Asians deriving a “miniscule” benefit from affirmative action. Check out Computer Tech of Houston, Texas. My former employer, a Big Five firm and ardent supporter of “diversity,” used this Asian owned firm for computer support. Computer Tech did tens of millions of year in business.

    This is just one business out of tens of thousands of Asian owned businesses. Can’t any of you bigots do the arithmetic as to how many of these firms might derive benefit from AA?

    Moreover, they don’t help competing with whites for jobs with the Token 500, but they get it nonetheless.

    As for Asians in higher education, I remember well a Korean finance prof I had in grad school. I tangled with him a few times over finance. Found out later that all the Korean grad students in the class received A’s, yet not one of the whites did. (I know this as I was an undergraduate advisor, and so had access to the computer system used for grading.) I found this extremely biased. Didn’t matter as he was ultimately denied tenure. Gee, I wonder why?

  7. uh, so you think there is a grading policy that favors asians and people of asian origin? sounds a bit weird roger. i don’t know much about business and how subjective the grading is there, but a disproportionate number of asians & asian american go into technical fields where you would assume that bias would be less of a problem….

    btw, i hear from a friend of mine that koreans who come out of the banking industry and try to get grad degrees in finance are pretty stupid. smart people in korea get science degrees-their banking industry is shitty and an old boys club with little comparative professionalism….

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