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Ivy Applicants Coached to Be 'Less Asian'

Coaches help applicants beat 'bamboo ceiling' and get into elite colleges

(Newser) - Asian-American groups recently filed a federal complaint against Harvard, claiming the university holds Asian applicants to higher standards. But while that complaint is pending, the Boston Globe reports that breaking the "bamboo ceiling" is a thriving business, with coaches often advising applicants to appear, well … "less Asian,... More »

Asian-Americans: Harvard Holds Us to Higher Standards

Federal complaint says school discriminates in its admissions policy

(Newser) - Asian-Americans make up 6% of the US population but 21% of this year's freshman class at Harvard, reports the Boston Globe . An impressive stat for Asian-Americans? It's more like a disgrace, asserts a federal complaint lodged against the university yesterday by Asian-American groups. It argues that the 21%... More »

Harvard University Students Get Racial Death Threat

Police investigating email sent to people with Asian names

(Newser) - A death threat emailed to hundreds of Asian students at Harvard has authorities on alert this weekend, reports the Boston Globe . Police say they don't know whether the email is legit, but they've asked students to familiarize themselves with the school's "active shooter" guidelines as a... More »

Harry Reid Apologizes for Joke About 'Wongs'

Senate majority leader was speaking before Asian Chamber of Commerce

(Newser) - Harry Reid has issued an apology for comments he made to the Asian Chamber of Commerce in Las Vegas, reports Politico . When he was introduced to the president of the group, Dr. Terry Wong, the senator majority leader cracked, "One problem that I've had today is keeping my... More »

Why Asian Kids Are Schooling White Students

It's simple: They work harder, study finds

(Newser) - Researchers in the US and China are investigating the roots of a school-age stereotype: Why are Asian-American students more successful than their white peers? It's not a matter of innate cognitive ability, the experts find. Instead, Asian-American students often simply try harder, the study says, via Phys.org . That... More »

Va. Governor in Deep Trouble Over ... Sea of Japan?

Textbook change sparks international incident

(Newser) - More than 100 people crammed the hallways outside a small subcommittee meeting room in Virginia's legislature yesterday, cheering as the bill under consideration moved forward, the Daily Press reports. The bill that raised such passion sounds innocuous enough—it would require textbooks to mention that the Sea of Japan... More »

40% of US Whites Lack Non-White Friends: Poll

And 25% of non-whites have only friends of own race

(Newser) - When it comes to friendship, a vast chunk of Americans are stuck within their own racial communities, a Reuters/Ipsos poll of 4,170 people finds. Some 40% of US whites have no non-white friends, while 25% of non-whites have only friends of their own race. Even if coworkers are thrown... More »

In a First, Blacks Voted at Higher Rate Than Whites

African-Americans turned out at a record high 66.2%

(Newser) - The US had a political milestone last November: Black people voted at a higher rate than whites for the first time in history, reports the Los Angeles Times . It was close, with blacks at 66.2% and whites at 64.1%, but long-term trends in both groups suggest that it... More »

Whites No Longer Majority by 2043

By 2060, 57% of US will be non-white

(Newser) - By 2043, white people will cease to be the majority in the US, Census data suggests; at that point, there will be no single ethnic majority. That's actually a year later than had been predicted, the New York Times notes. With a still-higher birthrate among minorities than among whites,... More »

UTexas Minority Students Hit With Bleach Balloons

Summer incidents had gone unreported

(Newser) - University of Texas at Austin students and staff are protesting after four students were reportedly hit with "bleach bombs"—balloons filled with bleach—while off campus. The attacks on minority students occurred between June and September, but they'd gone unreported until the campus police chief began investigating.... More »

Asians Now Lead Immigration to US

Hispanics now in second place, Pew study finds

(Newser) - The biggest wave of new immigrants to America "aren't the poor, tired, huddled masses" described on the Statue of Liberty, the Pew Research Center says. A new report from the center finds that Asians have surpassed Hispanics as America's largest group of new immigrants and are now... More »

Asian Women Who 'Donate' Eggs Can Make Big Money

With demand high, figure $10k to $20k, or more

(Newser) - The old-fashioned law of supply and demand brings this quirk in the world of egg donors: Young Asian women in the US can make way more than others, reports the Los Angeles Times . Demand is so high, they can easily get $10,000 to $20,000, as opposed to about... More »

Parties Ignoring Asian-Americans at Their Peril

Demographic could be pivotal in swing states: Atlantic

(Newser) - President Obama is currently way ahead among Asian-American voters, leading Mitt Romney by 59% to 13%. But that could easily change come November: Right now, 29% of Asian-Americans haven't formed an opinion on Mitt Romney, and about half rate President Obama's performance as fair or poor. And yet,... More »

Jeremy Lin: Game-Changer for Asian Kids?

Gish Jen likes seeing our stereotypes crumble

(Newser) - Novelist Gish Jen loves the Jeremy Lin phenomenon for reasons that go well beyond basketball. When she sees the Knicks star play, she thinks of her older brother, now in his 50s, who was a gifted athlete growing up, she writes in the New York Times . But "when Bob... More »

GOP Can Learn From Jeremy Lin

Marc Ambinder: Republicans are 'blowing it' on Asian-American vote

(Newser) - Republicans should pay attention to the rise of New York Knicks star Jeremy Lin , writes Marc Ambinder at GQ . Stories like his underscore the point that Asian-Americans could become a "true swing constituency" for the party, even though they now tend to vote Democratic. "On paper, Asians—culturally... More »

US Won't Trademark Band's 'Racist' Name

Asian-American rockers The Slants say moniker celebrates identity

(Newser) - Hoping to break through to the national scene, a Portland rock band figured it should trademark its name—but its application has been rejected, twice, on the grounds the name is racist, the Oregonian reports in a story picked up by Pat's Papers . The Slants are an Asian-American band with... More »

Report: 1 in 22 Black Americans Will Get HIV

Risk is 8 times higher than for whites

(Newser) - Health officials estimate that 1 in 22 black Americans will be diagnosed with the AIDS virus in their lifetime—more than twice the risk for Hispanics and eight times that of whites. The CDC report released yesterday says the lifetime risk is 1 in 52 for Hispanics and 1 in... More »

California Rep: 'The Vietnamese' Want Me Out

Democrat Loretta Sanchez accuses opponent of being 'anti-Hispanic'

(Newser) - A Democratic congresswoman from California is taking heat today after telling Univision “the Vietnamese” are after her seat. “The Vietnamese and the Republicans are, with an intensity, trying to take this seat from which we have done so much for the community,” Loretta Sanchez said in the... More »

Interracial Marriage a Black Guy Thing

Black women less likely to marry another race

(Newser) - Black men are much bigger fans of interracial marriage than black women, according to a new study. About 22% of black men who got married in 2008 walked down the aisle with a woman of a different race, compared to just 9% of black women, the study found. “When... More »

Forget Soccer Moms— Meet Ping-Pong Parents

Immigrants' kids dominate table tennis scene

(Newser) - Good old-fashioned American sports parenting meets immigrant drive at the India Community Center in the Silicon Valley town of Milpitas, Calif., which is churning out the country’s best young ping-pong players. Top coaches from India and China are schooling the children of high-tech workers who know the drill for... More »

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