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Is Princeton Racist Towards Asians?

California1600California1600 355 replies40 discussions- Posts: 395 Member
edited December 2004 in Princeton University
I have heard that Asians at Princeton are not allowed to participate in Asian American organizations, and that ethnic identity is looked down upon in Princeton.

Is this true? Can anyone verify? Most of my Asian American friends who go to Princeton are very miserable. Quite different from friends at UCLA, Stanford, and Berkeley.
edited December 2004
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  • cavalier302cavalier302 4293 replies50 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 4,343 Senior Member
    Being asian obviously is not looked down upon by the admissions people at Princeton. The percentage of asians at princeton is around 15%, compared with something like 2-3% of the US population. There might be more asians per spot that princeton wants to give them, and that might make admission more difficult for them. Princeton is probably just aiming for a diverse class and a class that is somewhat representative of the US population...would a 20-30% asian class do that? I guess not.
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  • tokenadulttokenadult 15970 replies1501 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 17,471 Senior Member
    I think you heard wrong. I've never heard any report that Princeton is anything but welcoming to qualified applicants, whatever their ethnic origin. Maybe "most of" your Asian-American friends should speak for themselves, if you have friends at Princeton.
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  • philntexphilntex 3157 replies29 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 3,186 Senior Member
    Yeah, seriously. I have an Asian friend at Princeton now, and she loves it there. That Princeton frowns upon "ethnic identity" is just ridiculous, imo.
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  • ValdezVivasMRValdezVivasMR 446 replies5 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 451 Member
    i, too, have two asian compadres who are spending their studies in P-ton. they seem to be very happy--one of them had planned to graduate early but decided to stay to join an eating club. of course, asians might feel more at home at berkely b/c asians make up a high percentage of the student body
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  • hobbes344hobbes344 703 replies51 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 754 Member
    Yeah, but race isnt always the sole factor in determining compatibility, with friends or in relationships. I don't think I would feel very welcome at Berkeley because the Korean kids up here are so much different. i went down to Cali this year and it was difficult fitting in, even clothes and attitudes were dissimilar. To be honest, I feel more comfortable around white people.
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  • ValdezVivasMRValdezVivasMR 446 replies5 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 451 Member
    this is so true...i apologize for my hasty generalization
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  • mzhang23mzhang23 454 replies4 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 458 Member
    How can asians not be allowed to participate in asian american organizations?

    I have felt no asian hate during my time here.
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  • California1600California1600 355 replies40 discussions- Posts: 395 Member
    How can asians not be allowed to participate in asian american organizations?

    I have felt no asian hate during my time here.>>>>

    I get the general feeling that Princeton asians are forced to disassociate themselves from their ethnic identity through campus pressure. While there is nothing wrong with an Asian person choosing to hang out with strictly whites and identifying politically and socially with whites, I do find something wrong with a school that quietly pushes you in a certain direction in terms of your ethnic identity. As if identity crisis is not a big enough problem in America.
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  • just_forget_mejust_forget_me 2199 replies45 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 2,244 Senior Member
    California1600 is a ****. Don't feed him by replying (unless you just want to further your lead in post count :-P).
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  • astrixastrix 2375 replies64 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 2,439 Senior Member
    Yes California1600 is definitely a ****... he posts asking if everybody at Harvard is like George Bush, says he's a SAT tutor and the changes in the new SAT are because of Asians scoring high, ...
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  • mercurysquadmercurysquad 2664 replies59 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 2,723 Senior Member
    My friend bought Princeton Review's book on the New SAT, and it mentions that the main reason for changing the current format of the sat is because the college board had problems with univ of california. the UCs are probably the biggest clients of ETS and few years back they lost faith in SATs and decided to stop accepting SAT scores. So, college board had talks with them and changed the format and content and convinced the UCs that the new SAT will be a more faithful indicator of success at college.
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  • California1600California1600 355 replies40 discussions- Posts: 395 Member
    ^ Yes that is the official version of why it changed.

    However, this thread is not about regarding changes in the SAT, please look at the title of the thread. =)
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