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Asian American and Asian Americans: A National Problem

Asian American and Asian Americans: A National Problem

Letters to the Editor: The ‘open secret’ of anti-Asian bias in college admissions


Mar 2, 2013 at 12:01 AMMar 2, 2013 at 10:18 AM

“Asian Students and Asian Americans” (New York, NY: Asian American Journalists Association, 2006), page 3, said the following: “More and more evidence is coming to light that this is not only a national problem, but an international problem as well.” I would like to remind readers that the Korean American group, Hanbudong, reports that in 2011, the Asian population in the U.S. grew from 6 percent to 8.1 percent, and the Asian American population from 1.3 percent to 1.6 percent. In addition, the national Asian population declined by 1.1 percent, from 11.8 percent in 2000 to 10.2 percent in 2011. So the number of Asian Americans grew from 1.7 million in 2000 to 2.2 million in 2011.

The Hanbudong report also notes that a third of the Asian Pacific American population is not in school, and that the growth in the non-college population is outpaced by the growth in the Asian American population. We should also consider college enrollment as a result of the large growth of the Asian population (9.2 percent in 2000; 10.2 percent in 2011). Another study by the National Center for Education Statistics found that the Asian population grew 10 percent from 2000 to 2010, and the Asian American population grew 13 percent from 2000 to 2010.

Asian American and Asian students in the U.S. are making gains over time in many academic areas, including on grade point averages (i.e., the GPA), completion rates, graduation rates, college matriculation rates, and ACT scores. There has been increased research over the years on the academic success of Asian and Asian Americans, which the Hanbudong report, mentioned in the article above, mentions.

The Hanbudong group reported that Asian Americans “are less likely than non-Hispanic whites and blacks to complete college (59 percent vs. 73 percent and 67 percent, respectively), less likely to graduate from college (48 percent vs. 60 percent and 60 percent), more likely to drop out of college (33 percent vs. 24 percent and 25 percent), and less likely to attend community college (28 percent vs. 59 percent and 60 percent).�

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