With a growing population, more Asians are applying for college. But the rising proportions of Asian Americans in applicant pools are not fully reflected in the composition of freshman classes in elite colleges, thanks to the affirmative action in college admission. Yes, we all understand that a high SAT score isn’t enough because colleges claim they take a “holistic” approach to select their freshman class. So Asian students have been advised to appear “less Asian” on their college applications.
During a recent family gathering, I casually inquired of my 14-year-old niece, a freshman who attends a public high school in California, about her grades from last semester. I was shocked to learn that she got a "B" in math. Since our family normally considers an "A-" to be an equivalent of an "F," and she is usually pretty good in math, I had to probe her for an explanation.
If you never heard of the term "Red Guards," allow me to fill you in. During Chairman Mao's Cultural Revolution movement (1966-1976), many over-zealous Chinese college students began referring to themselves as "Red Guards" of Mao and the Communist ideology. They were an ignorant bunch, but a deadly force with unchecked power.