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Hu's on First is a column I used to do for Asian Week every other week or so on Asian American issues diversity, race, gender, conservatism, and life in general, and it started with editorial comment in the MIT's The Tech. More recently, my writings have appeared in Seattle area newspapers, and the National Review. My emphasis on my political writing and research centers on race, economics and education. My Index of Diversity is a huge respository of news clippings and data on topics of diversity, and other issues that I have used in developing my columns. You may find several ideas that no one else has figured out, as obvious as they might be, as well as jumping on the bandwagon of the ideas of other conservatives, humanists, and libertarians.
I take an "alternative" Asian American view. I don't run away from data that supports the "Model Minority" thesis that makes so many Asian activists angry. I don't think there should be anything wrong in pointing out when one group does better than another as long as we can tell when it is because of discrimination or simply because some groups got lucky or played the game better. In the game of life, it often helps to copy the winners. Asians in the 20th century have had a lot of catching up to do with the winning Europeans, yet the Asians do better in health, education, and a raft of other indicators when other minorities fare worse, even when Asians have a higher poverty rate than whites. Asians do a lot that is worth copying, and avoid doing things that get other groups into trouble. It's not what you are but but what you've got in terms of economic and educational capital and what you do with it that counts. Asians emphasize working harder to get better grades and test scores instead of relying on racial preferences to make up for lower grades and scores. My web page also documents the many ethnic groups and statistics where Asians indeed lag the majority population, from health insurance to voting rates.
That puts me somwhere between conservative, libertarian, and a "humanist" that doesn't put ANY racial or social group at the top, or on their hit list. Racists hate black people. Multiculturalists hate white people. Marxists hate rich people. I don't think anybody should hate anybody. Got that? Some of my big issue areas are:
Dates may not neccesarly correspond to publication dates. One of these days I'll go back and match up actual publication dates, and editing may differ from the final published version of the column. Since September, I've been switched to doing analysis of statistics for Asian Week, but I still write columns for the internet as "Fairness in Diversity for anybody else willing to listen to what's really going on.
What is "Fairness in Diversity?" It means believing in the principle of working towards racial equality, but also recognizing that it doesn't exist yet. Anybody who simply declares that the races are equal, whether in intelligence or any other basic abilities and simply hires in proportion to population or exceeds proportionality without proportional qualifications is simply ignoring individual fairness. Even if the races were genetically equal, they certainly aren't from a economic or educational standpoint. Discrimination is a symptom of inequality, not the underlying cause. When minorities have higher incomes and test scores, discrimination and negative stereotypes will no longer have any basis.
The fact that any attempt to outlaw group preferences and numerical goals is treated as an attack on the soul of affirmative action is proof that affirmative action without quotas and preferences is merely being color blind. These days being color blind is good enough to make you a racist. But it can be justified _if_ everybody agrees we want to give disadvantaged groups a break just because it's fair to try to give a break to people who started from behind. It can't be justifed by lying about unequal standards and pretending that that reverse discrimination is the same as hiring "without regard to race" or claiming that the only "merit" that matters is not grades, test scores, or experience, but skin color and the origin of your surname. Affirmative action which is fair:
The fact is that affirmative action has no official definition, and that affirmative action includes programs which violate one or more of the principals above. How can you discuss a topic that has no common definition, and where no one will tell you the truth about what they are doing? If you agree with these principals, consider yourself a charter member of Fairness in Diversity, and contact me to join my email list .
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Another theme you'll find is the "model minority myth isn't a myth" theme. Sorry folks, but if you look at the statistics, while there are a few notable spots where Asians are hurting (and I've got more of these stats than most people), in general, in nearly every (80%+) statistic where a Black deficit is used to prove that racism is the reason for racial disparity, Asians score nearly as good, or better than Whites with lower rate of everything from AIDS to cancer and dropout, and highest grades and math test scores, and rates in career fields like doctors and engineers. This is probably the best argument to blow up the central assumption of affirmative action, that merely eliminating racial discrimination will bring racial equality. It won't. The people who keep themselves in the best health and the best educated and work the hardest will always come out on top, no matter how fair the system is. All the affirmative action in the world won't stop Asians from getting better math test scores than Whites,or having longer life expectancy, even if it somehow makes Blacks and Whites equal someday. It's still pretty disorganized, but the file I use to keep track of statistics is at Index of Diversity
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