In this Nov. 18, 2011 photo, Harvard University student Lanya Olmstead stands in front of an entrance to the school's quad as passers-by stream by, in Cambridge, Mass. Ethnically, she considers herself half Taiwanese and half Norwegian. But when applying to Harvard, Olmstead checked only one box for her race: white. ((AP Photo/Steven Senne))
Fishville's Notes: For a country that cherishes so much on personal freedom and social justice, one critical policy from the United States could generate a bizarre phenomenon described in this article from the Associated Press. Some college applicants with Asian background intentionally hide their backgrounds to avoid being viciously discriminated in their application process. Almost all of the examples in this essay have an Asian mother and a White father which allow them choose either White or leave it blank completely in their application form, their Caucasian father's names do a great favor here. If you checked "Asian" in the box of the common application, your chance for a positive news arriving home during the Christmas time will be drastically decreased. For those who have a Chinese father and a White mother, you should be prepared to face the ultimate higher expectation. While we ask students to choose "Asian" honestly as they have no choices (for those applying from mainland), it is indeed a sad reality for us to read and for the author to pen these amazing but unfortunately real stories from those students of this nation's most elite colleges.
From the published works of Princeton professor Thomas Espenshade, Asians needed 1550 points on their SAT to be competitive in the schools like Harvard, Yale or Princeton while for Whites or African-Americans you only needed SAT scores of 1440 or 1120, respectively. The admissions officers treated applicants with the same difference with regard to your extracurricular activity and leadership skill as well. The data is real, and the discrimination is brutal. However, we don't know whether the colleges evaluated the mixed racial candidates differently. In the application form, they also asked your mother's name and other personal information. If the mother had not adopted her husband's surname, then the admissions officers could easily learn the candidate's background. Recently a new guideline from the Department of Education has asked schools to do everything possible to make a mixed racial student body for a very obscure reason of so-called increasing creativity in America's classrooms. This policy should be considered as a significant deviation from the general interpretation of the Supreme Court's 2003 decision on Michigan's case. In the end, only your votes could help to speak your true voices.