Discrimination Against Asian Americans in College Admissions


Kevin Carey, an expert in higher education policy, mentions offhand that “It’s clear that, given the opportunity, elite American universities are prone to implement discriminatory admissions policies that artificially limit the number of American students of Chinese, Korean, and Japanese descent.” His point is that the same factors underlying this trend will presumably put a stop to the influx of Chinese students from China that come to American colleges and universities.

But the fact itself is genuinely remarkable. We’re a country that congratulates itself on having dismantled Jim Crow and the system of “quotas” that used to cap the number of Jewish students at top schools. But the quota system appears to have merely re-emerged with Asian-Americans as the victims. And nobody talks about it, though the discriminatory mechanisms are only slightly more subtle.