There are so. many. asians. in engineering grad school it's ridiculous.
I don't know if I should get offend by this, since I am Asian, and I am a Chinese.</p>
<p>It is not ridiculous. Consider there are many international students. Let's cross out that population. We are left with high school graduates who are Asian and they attend engineering schools. People always assume that Asian are good at math and science. It is totally wrong. </p>
<p>There are 3primarily reasons why there are so many Asian students in science today: Asian parents like their children to be involved with science and math, and they put them into preparation programs that hopefully would bolster their knowledge and math and science; and secondly, the propaganda so called "Asian for science, Asian for math". </p>
<p>The third reason is a bit cryptic, but definitely a true statement - social change. The Asian community is raising, and the income affects the quality of education, as well as the confident that Asian decedents could get a job in science because people see Asian people smarter. Many decades ago science and engineering fields were dominated by White male because of the social view at those time. I can't say it's totally a racism, but a mixture of social constraint. Did the society at those time belittle immigrants, and minority, which include the Asian?</p>
<p>Yes. Many decades ago Asian people, especially the Chinese and Japanese were viewed as domestic threat to the States. This view was gradually washed away after 1970. </p>
<p>The other thing that I don't like is the idea of "unfortunate consideration".
I know how being a minority can be a difficult thing. Certainly if you are a minority, and you work hard to get through the difficulty and decide to become a scientist / engineer, you should be rewarded. But rewarded =/= consideration, and give a slightly advantage over the others work as hard they do?</p>
<p>Beside that, I have to admit that most of these statistical reality is a reflection of poverty and social constraint, which we really should remove. We now go back to this "social distribution 101" and "education resource distribution 101".</p>