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Stanford University panel examines what it means to be Asian in America

Original post made on May 19, 2023

An expert panel convened on May 16 to examine the challenges facing Asian Americans, gaps in medical research, the disparities that have worsened during the COVID-19 pandemic and what can be done to remedy the problems.

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Posted by Ugh
a resident of Midtown
on May 19, 2023 at 7:53 am

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What a great article. Yes, Asian discrimination still exists, especially in the school system where Asians are still perceived as the yellow peril. Just look at all the “math wars”.

Posted by Wei Zhao
a resident of Mountain View
on May 19, 2023 at 9:10 am

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Asians are often viewed as passive and non-confrontational which might explain why their specific health issues are overlooked.

The traditional Asian diet of vegetables and minimal meat reduces many of the cardiovascular ailments that countless white and black Americans suffer from.

High blood pressure is common among Asians because they use too much soy sauce which is high in sodium.

Posted by Bystander
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 19, 2023 at 9:38 am

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I think we have got to the stage where tribalism is getting out of hand.

It doesn't matter where immigrants come from, they all bring a little of their own culture with them and then pass that down to their children. People who are raised in a different culture from their parents, will be different from those who are raised by American born parents or parents raised in a different foreign country and immigrated here.

MLK's words about raising children who are judged by the content of their character rather than any type of skin color or in this case ethnicity, should be remembered. Sadly, his words are forgotten it seems and tribalism and articles like this prove it.

America has always been a melting pot since the first settlers came here. Some came for religious reasons, others came for a better life, while others came against their will. The fact that America was a penal colony and thousands came here for punishment of petty crime is another forgotten truth.

Can we stop with putting people into boxes? We all have characteristics from those who raised us. We don't need any more division and blame. We are all different and that should make America stronger as a nation, not reason to divide us into different tribes.

Posted by Consider Your Options.
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 19, 2023 at 1:11 pm

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My husband and I are both "Caucasian," a descriptor that also covers people from a lot of places. His Jewish family, illiterate peasant farmers, came here with nothing, fleeing Russian persecution. Their sons were about to be forced to the front line of a Russian war to be used as cannon fodder because they were Jews. On arrival here, they faced religious discrimination and worked for many years plucking chickens in a poultry processing plant. They struggled to save money living a very impoverished existence--though much better than what they'd had in Russia. One of the sons, my husband's grandfather, excelled in public school when he wasn't working. Though he couldn't afford college, he saved money he earned in that processing plant and opened a very small toy store, a family business that enabled one of his two children, his daughter, my husband's mother, to graduate from college. She married a college professor (who also was a third gen immigrant and the only child to get advanced education in his nuclear family). In the fourth generation, all three of her children graduated from college. Immigrants struggle--sometimes for generations--to make their way.

Racism/tribalism can manifest many ways, including religious persecution. Tribalistic prejudice is a ubiquitous, perennial human problem in every society around the globe. It rears its ugly head more in less homogeneous populations, like the U.S. Thankfully, here, freedom of speech enables us to discuss it openly and seek solutions. This is not so in many other places.

We can learn to appreciate each other as individuals to defeat Tribalism, an insidious societal disease. Without the struggles of my family's immigrant ancestors, we would not have been able to create a happy and safe home for our Jewish family. Let's focus on celebrating the richness diversity lends to our society. We all benefit when everyone has the opportunity to be a joyful, welcomed and productive contributor to our society.

Posted by Joshua
a resident of Nixon School
on May 21, 2023 at 12:47 am

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@consider your options

Not sure what you being Jewish has anything to do with this article? Yes, stop categorizing people by their race, religion etc… we are all humans.

However I do think that one of the blatant discriminatory policies towards Asians is colleges limiting Asian applicants to a certain percentage and they need higher scores to get in. I don’t think I need to go into detail, you’re probably aware of reverse discrimination.

Posted by Cale Winslow
a resident of Woodside
on May 21, 2023 at 1:08 pm

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The most academically qualified students should always receive priority when it comes to college admissions, especially at the most desirable colleges and universities.

Affirmative Action and mandated ethnic quotas serve no purpose and are social entitlements.

Admissions of scholastic Asian American students with outstanding ACT/SAT scores and exemplary GPAs should not be restricted just to ensure that a student with lesser qualifications can be admitted just because of their ethnicity or socio-economic background.

For the less academically qualified, there is always junior college and a two-year transfer program or athletic scholarships (if applicable).

Why should a gifted Asian student be deprived of attending UC Berkeley or an Ivy League school just to accommodate another student who shouldn't be there in the first place?

Posted by Jennifer
a resident of another community
on May 21, 2023 at 5:58 pm

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"There is evidence that Asian students with high grades or test scores often get rejected, but this is due to colleges wanting more than grades alone. High grades are the baseline, and thousands of students with perfect grades are rejected each year in favor of students that schools deem more interesting."

Asians also apply to schools that are harder to get into which increases the rejection rate. I don't believe any college admits someone because of their ethnicity or socio-economic backround alone. That doesn't make any sense.

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