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"Too Asian"?

“Too Asian”? – MacLeans.ca on Canadian Universities

The article was removed shortly from MacLeans due to “controversies”. I personally think it is an interesting and insightful read. The article is rather lengthy, but it addresses many real issues in universities in Canada and the US. (esp. University of Waterloo, which is my school.. and I am Asian.)  =p

Update: the article has been republished on MacLeans.

‘Too Asian’?
By Stephanie Findlay and Nicholas Kohler | November 10th, 2010 | 9:55 am

A term used in the U.S. to talk about racial imbalance at Ivy league schools is now being whispered on Canadian campuses.


"Too Asian"?

When Alexandra and her friend Rachel, both graduates of Toronto’s Havergal College, an all-girls private school, were deciding which university to go to, they didn’t even bother considering the University of Toronto. “The only people from our school who went to U of T were Asian,” explains Alexandra, a second-year student who looks like a girl from an Aritzia billboard. “All the white kids,” she says, “go to Queen’s, Western and McGill.”

Alexandra eventually chose the University of Western Ontario. Her younger brother, now a high school senior deciding where he’d like to go, will head “either east, west or to McGill”—unusual academic options, but in keeping with what he wants from his university experience. “East would suit him because it’s chill, out west he could be a ski bum,” says Alexandra, who explains her little brother wants to study hard, but is also looking for a good time—which rules out U of T, a school with an academic reputation that can be a bit of a killjoy.

Or, as Alexandra puts it—she asked that her real name not be used in this article, and broached the topic of race at universities hesitantly—a “reputation of being Asian.” Continue reading “Too Asian”? – MacLeans.ca on Canadian Universities