Group Pushes for Asian-American Studies Program

Lisa Berkman, Daily Targum, December 12, 2011

Protestors chanting “We are Asian-Americans, we will not stop the fight,” last week on the College Avenue campus were heard in School of Arts and Sciences Executive Dean Douglas Greenberg’s office, but were not greeted with a desirable response.

The march on December 7 to Greenberg’s office on 77 Hamilton St. was part of the Asian American Leadership Cabinet’s ongoing initiative for an Asian-American studies program at the University.

Greenberg said he recognizes the protestors’ concerns, but can only do so much under financial pressures.

“Do we do enough in Asian-American studies? Probably not. But I don’t think it’s a fair claim to say we’re unfair,” Greenberg said. “We’re doing the best we can with very limited resources. Students surely know what the situation with the Rutgers budget is.”

The 60 marchers wanted to express Asian-American studies’ importance on campus, said Long Pham, an AALC member.

“We have Asian Studies, but that relates to Asia. We want to know the Asian-American history, the way to analyze the things that have happened to us in the past and how they affect us politically, socially, culturally and economically,” said Pham, a School of Arts and Sciences senior.

After failed attempts at quiet negotiation, students staged a loud protest to get attention, said Aamir Lalani, co-coordinator of the demonstration.

“We’re going against the prevailing notion that Asians are passive and not willing to take a stand,” said Lalani, a School of Arts and Sciences sophomore. “That’s in part what I believe has the University resting and not fully supporting Asian-American studies.”

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The organization plans for more protests toward equal academic opportunities, said Claire Chang, an AALC member.

“We believe, as a collective, that we can do things efficiently without leaving people out of the process,” she said. “We all have this collective effort to get things done.”

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  • Anonymous

    Look at this phrase: “…we want to know…the things…that have happened to us in the past…”

    This is the real crux of the problem here. Every reader of Amren needs to understand the false issue raised.

    All these Asians (and Latinos, etc) have come over here in the last 30 years or so, almost none of them have been born here, and almost none of those who were born here are from people with roots that go back more than that initial 30 years or so.

    By framing the issues as “what happened to us” they are trying to make a false connection to Asians and Latinos who happened to live or work here 150 years ago or more.

    They’re trying to make it seem that they are DIRECT descendants of any Chinese laborers in California or mestizo cowboys in Texas. All those early Asians and ‘latinos’ assimilated long, long ago, and their descendants have no connection at all with the lands of origin. Only scattered last names remain.

    But every Lee Chin Fu and Pablo Escoboza who entered this land in the last 30 years is trying to make a historical claim to being here. But these newcomers have NO HISTORY here. Some other people who came long ago have such a claim, but they have forgotten all links in the passage of time.

    We must be careful to remind recent immigrants and their first generation chldren that they are newcomers, and the travails of the Chinese laborers who built the railroad have no connection with them. All the Latinos also need to be reminded, that your family from the Dominican Republic or central Mexico likewise has no share in a ‘Latino-american history’.

  • E Pluribus Pluribus

    Why not? Worked first for blacks, then Hispanics:

    “…I teach at a university where we have separate graduation ceremonies predicated on race . . . and we also have a group: La Raza. La Raza means ‘The Race.’ It’s 2004. It doesn’t seem in a national dialogue you permit some group to call themselves ‘Das Volk.’ This . . . is a racialist type awareness or self-identification. If you look at the MEChA [Chicano Student Movement of Aztlán] slogan, ‘A bronze state for a bronze race,’ or everything for La Raza . . . this has to be questioned . . .” (Excerpt from “In-Depth: Victor Davis Hanson,” a C-SPAN interview with the classicist, military historian, central California farmer and author of Mexifornia: A State of Becoming, Mar. 7, 2004)

  • Anonymous

    I would have thought that those smart Asians, second highest IQs of ethnic groups in the world, would set their goals higher and would not want to have an aggreievment program with the attendant low academic standards and poor intellectual acumen.

  • Anonymous

    “We have Asian Studies, but that relates to Asia. We want to know the Asian-American history, the way to analyze the things that have happened to us in the past and how they affect us politically, socially, culturally and economically,” said Pham, a School of Arts and Sciences senior.”

    Anyone who wants to know history can look it up if they are interested, I do it all the time. What Pham and his group want is coddling, attention, and most importantly, the power that comes from lording their ethnic/racial history over others in order to gain special privileges. If they were as intelligent as we are constantly told they are, they would know that this is an old game. Rutgers will be fools if they give in. Perhaps they could offer an online class that contains links to extant stories on Asian/American history, as if PBS doesn’t run them enough.

  • SS

    Ah yes, asians are quite “intelligent” are they not?

    They know how to cheat, lie, steal and use our stupid generosity against us and what “We” do, “we” give it to them.

    Where’s John? I’d like to ask him why, if Asians are so dawgone “intelligent”, why do they need to be catered to?

    I mean, Intelligent People never did need pandering to so why?

  • Question Diversity

    1 Anonymous wrote:

    But every Lee Chin Fu and Pablo Escoboza who entered this land in the last 30 years is trying to make a historical claim to being here. But these newcomers have NO HISTORY here. Some other people who came long ago have such a claim, but they have forgotten all links in the passage of time.

    A lot of those “Pablo Escoboza” types saying that are from south of Guadalajara, or were when they decided to “migrate” northward. They like to say we stole their land, when they nor generations of their ancestry going back quite a ways never laid eyes on northern Mexico much less the American Southwest.

  • Allan

    I wonder if these kids have ever heard of something called a library. That’s how I got my German-American history, and they can get their Asian-American history. You don’t have to get credit for something you are studying for personal interest.

  • Anonymous

    ref. 2 and 3

    The late Enoch Powell conceived of a trajectory of power over time that had been centered in London , was at his time (late

    60”s) centered in Washington , D.C., and would evolve to be

    centered in Beijing. It is not impossible that our realistic

    survival might be facilitated by a loyalty to this trajectory and by a suitable complementary relationship with the Chinese.

    They “stand taller” academically and in other respects on this

    campus (Texas location) than most of our “majority” students. Let’s not exacerbate our troubles by getting into a struggle against Mr. Reality.

  • Anonymous

    Look at the picture. The stylized fist says it all. This is just another group that thinks if they throw their support behind communism that they will be rewarded when the white man’s possessions are divided up after a genocidal war.

    They really should consider carefully who they are threatening (and they ARE threatening). A genocidal war brought against us will end in genocide…..for the loser. Since all these non-white groups threatening us, especially blacks are almost completely dependent on us, often for their next meal, the result of any sort of open conflict is pretty much a given.

  • Bernie

    Okay … the black studies department currently has your funds. Go tell them they need to give some of their budget to you for your race studies program.

    Let us know how that goes …

  • Anonymous

    Let this be a lesson to all of you who post about how “good” the Korean and Chinese immigrants are. They can play the race spoils game with the best of them and are in it for themselves.

  • Anonymous

    The Chinese diaspora takes their cue from whomever looks strongest.

    If the Chinese homeland is on the rise, they’re loyal Chinese. If Americans are asserting themselves, they emphasize their ‘American-ness’.

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    The organization plans for more protests toward equal academic opportunities, said Claire Chang, an AALC member.

    Give me a BREAK!! What “equal academic opportunities” are being denied to Asians??

    Asians wish to angle themselves as victims of White America to gain racial privileges, perks and advantages.

    As Jared Taylor writes in Asians Put Foot in Racial Spoils Trough

    Asians—those smart, hard-working people you’ve always been told believe in merit and would never act like the NAACP or La Raza—have joined the racial spoils system. They have gotten in right at the top, and they are playing dirty.

    http://goo.gl/XB3pC

    Bon

  • Deadindenver

    Asian American studies??? Must be the ones at left side of the bell curve who aren’t majoring in pre-med, engineering or a hard science. Why don’t they just ask some of there parents to pull some of the cash out of Kimchi jar and endow a program somewhere. Colleges never say no to an endowment.

  • Anonymous

    I’m left handed. My people tend towards genius – but also madness. We live shorter lives on average. In antiquity we were put to death, and within my grandparent’s lifetime we were forbidden to write with our left hands.

    I’m holding my left hand out for the handouts that are left.

  • flying tiger

    “The march on December 7th…” An anniversery of a date in which asians attacked white Americans. I bet they picked that date deliberately.

  • Gifted_Idiot

    When will it end????

    When are we going to stop giving this government our heart earned money so they can give it to groups like these? We need to stop sending in our income tax. Raise the sales tax. I wouldn’t mind paying $8 for a pack of gum knowing that everyone else would too. Then it would be fair. This group here needs to get a job, buy a computer and research their heritage…. then embrace it, as in MOVE BACK HOME TO YOUR COUNTRY!!!

  • Myopic Governance

    The whole debate that Asians are “smarter” then whites is completely false.

    The IQ scores that are examined in Asian Countries are those of the brightest in the Cities. If all scores were tabulated in say China, Japan or India I’m sure the Iq scores from the billions tested would not be so rosy. An IQ of 102 average, might drop to 90, along with the “haha shtoopid white man” attitude.

    Lets be really clear about who Asians are trying to emulate with their modernization process. I am sick, absolutely sick to death of Western apologists falling over themselves to complement every race but their own. The edge Asia has over the West right now, is its homogeneity….period. Diversity is not a strength, but a cancer for society. When Germany was comprised of Germans was it weak? How about Britain? Yet people fall over themselves congratulating the Japanese for their superior intelligence. Their not superior dammit, they were just left in peace to thrive. Asian stole or copied from the West in order to attain its progress. And they would not have been able to do so if they were carpet bombed by diversity like the West.

  • Lorin

    Looks like they want to get on board the “white guilt gravy train to success”.

    Just find out enough history about how bad the Chinese were treated in America’s past and demand unlimited affirmative action, set asides, quotas and reparations.

    White guilt must end.

  • Anonymous

    Why is it that whenever there is a “heartwarming” story about someone who desperately needed an organ donation, and someone who selflessly came forward to help a total stranger: the recipient is always black and the donor is always white? I knew it as soon as I read the headline, but the video confirms it. What is a 23-year old girl thinking giving an organ to, and compromising her own health on behalf of, a total stranger? Charity has to have a sense of proportion, otherwise it becomes perverse.

    http://www.wptv.com/dpp/news/region_n_palm_beach_county/palm_beach_gardens/woman-receives-kidney-transplant-after-posting-craigslist-ad

  • Distant Observer

    Guessing from the photo we have here some nerdy Chinese Buddhist boys, a veiled Muslim girl possibly from Pakistan, a bearded Muslim guy possibly from Afghanistan or Iran, and a clean-shaven upper caste Hindu Indian. And in the original article there is a guy called Ryan Ramones. That sounds like a Christian Filipino.

    What do these people have in common? Very little. They are from countries, cultures and religions that don’t get along. Were it not for English they would be unable to speak to each other.

  • June

    Does it ever end? The immigrants of old were only too happy to learn what it means to be an American. The learned, without the help of anyone, what this once-proud country offered and then wholeheartedly embraced the concept. They were grateful for the chance to belong and to contribute. The brawling hoards who arrive today are a far cry from the immigrants of old, and don’t even deserve to be here. I’m all for a long moratorium on all immigration.

  • white is right, black is whack

    Sorry, my Asian friends. The blacks and hispanics sucked all the money out of us, plus our white guilt isn’t as strong as it was, say, ten years ago. Unless you’re willing to point out the wrongs other races have done to you, that Asians have done throughout history, and that Asians have done to our people (British/American prisoners in WWII, Genghis Khan invading what is now Russia, etc), we will not pay for it or wish to hear what you have to say.

  • Anonymous

    We are European-Americans, the true first Americans, and we demand our own Studies groups, as well as our own Schools, Towns, Cities, and States. (See, “Ice Age Columbus” on You Tube).

    That means the rest of you freeloaders can exit the country now, and don’t let the door hit you on your posterior on the way out.

  • Anonymous

    It’s ironic how the march for Asian-American Studies took place on December 7th, which is Pearl Harbor Day.

    Dean Greenberg’s Staff should have told the demonstrators that his office was closed due to the Pearl Harbor Day Rememberence Ceremonies.

    We should remind the Asians of their sneak attacks, such as Pearl Harbor, and on the British Fleet at Singapore, as well as the Bataan Death March, and other Asian atrocities committed against White American Servicemen, and Missionaries, that were unfortunate enough to be captured by them.

  • Anonymous

    Whenever I see someone call Indians “Asians”, I can’t help laughing. If you are for your “Europa for Europeans; Africa for Africans , etc” cause, the first and for most your must do is to get your facts and terminologies straight:

    Both the UK and the US calling East Indians “Asians” is a HUGE misnomer.

    Again : Indians ARE NOT Asians! – which word you don’t understand?

    Indians ARE NOT Asians either biologically or geographically.

    Indians have average IQ of 81, similar to their racial kins – Negritos and Australian Aborigines. Even by looks, has anyone confuse an East Indian with an Asian(aka Orientals), ever? not even once?

    Geographically, India is not even in the Eurasian Plate for God’s sake, since it sits on Sub-continental Plate which was a part of Africa and has been flaoting towards Eurasian plate forming the highest mountain range on the planet – Hamalaya mountains when the two meet.

    If East Indians were Asians in whatever sense, then you’d have to admit in the same breath that Ethiopians, Morrocans and Somalis must be Europeans, sorry! — it makes perfect sense then for the pro-mass immigration liberal elites who really think that “Indians are Asians and Somalis are Europeans by origin or vice versus – hey we are all the race, aren’t we”?

    If you insist to call Indians Asians, then you have to ask yourself which side are you on?!

    On the OP story, those demonstrators are a tiny amount of Asians, including fake ones such as Indians amongst them ( see the front row of the photo). The demostration itself is nothing more than “Against AA”, IMO – isn’t that what the Whites are asking for as well?

  • John Engelman

    Black studies, women’s studies, Hispanic studies, gay studies, and Asian studies courses and majors invariably exaggerate the contributions of the group that is being studied. They engender in members of that group a feeling of collective grievance.

    The theme of these courses is, “Our contributions have been under valued. We are oppressed.” These courses do not prepare one to earn a living. They promote attitudes that will make it difficult to get along with co-workers and supervisors.

  • Seek

    Another nail in the coffin for the common delusion that Asians are America’s “model minority.” These demonstrators are identity politicians, albeit budding ones. And their goal is to secure unearned advantages for themselves. Their high IQs relative to blacks aren’t something to be welcomed. It’s intelligence misplaced.

  • john

    Oh, for God’s sake, one of the things I’ve always liked about Asian-Americans is that they’re smart, quiet, industrious, and not annoying trouble-makers.

    I hope they’re not on the verge of becoming just another noisy, demanding minority. Heaven knows we’ve got enough of those already.

  • Saul

    It is simple to think that these Asians want an Asian-American Studies Program because Blacks and Hispanics have them, but I think it comes down money. An Asian-American Studies Program will provide jobs to less capable Asians, and a degree that is easy to complete. These Asians are not going to be passive about getting onto the diversity gravy train.

  • Anonymous

    #26. You are right that it is a misnomer in every case. The argument could be made that it refers to anyone from that continent in which case it is useless. I propose using the now discarded nomenclature (due to political correctness, social marxism). I like Carlton C. Coon’s nomenclature: Mongoloid, Caucasoid, Congoid (of the Congo, blacks), Capoid (Of the Cape: San People or Bushmen and Hottentots, a unique race), Australoid (Australian Aborigines, Ainu, etc.), and I think that Amerind is a good name for American Indians because it is specific and the American Indians now appear to be, in light of new findings, Australoid, Mongoloid, and Caucasoid (from Paleolithic Europeans). Pakistanis should be called Pakistanis, Indians from India, Indians or Hindus. Specific nationalities could be called by their names, Chinese, Japanese, etc. Some of what we are currently calling “Asians” are quite different from each other even when we are talking about Asians of Mongoloid descent. For example, Hmong people are culturally and physically quite a bit different from Chinese People.

  • Nick

    How much of the “studies” will be about the Japanese internment during World War II?

    Or how will they spin Japanese atrocities during the war?

  • Anonymous

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unit_731

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lu7GMMIfvoo

    I wonder if we will get to learn about the Japanese human experimentation program Unit 731 and it’s counterpart programs in school?

  • Sick of It

    The crimes against humanity committed by Genghis Khan should be taught to every student.

    Genghis Khan attacked the White Europeans. He murdered and tortured innocent Whites. This should never be forgotten.

    Asians and other non-whites need to be constantly reminded of the crimes their ancestors committed against white people.

  • Jupiter7

    The model minority asians who some people here have a warm spot in their hearts for are the off-spring of chinese and hindu-sihk engineeers who came over throughout the seventies to steal jobs from Native Born White American Men who worked as Engineers and who had families to support..the vast majority of these men were veterans. Some of the comments here are really disgusting. Model minority asians were never intercangeable with Native Born White Americans.

    The Chinese Exclusion Act was a wonderfull piece of 19th century legislation that protected the racial interests of millions of Native Born White Americans..bring back the Chinese Exclusion Act…

  • Anonymous

    27 — John Engelman wrote at 12:43 PM on December 15:

    “Black studies, women’s studies, Hispanic studies, gay studies, and Asian studies courses and majors invariably exaggerate the contributions of the group that is being studied. They engender in members of that group a feeling of collective grievance.

    The theme of these courses is, “Our contributions have been under valued. We are oppressed.” These courses do not prepare one to earn a living. They promote attitudes that will make it difficult to get along with co-workers and supervisors. ”

    This is a very important aspect of the situation that needed pointing out in this discussion. Thank you for this post. The time and money that is being wasted on actually creating division at colleges while they tout Diversity at the same time is only feeding the coming break-down of society, a collapse that will destroy all that the Diversity promoters dream of in that social utopia they dream of, where white men apparently pay forever, for the advancing of all others. Of course, the formula is already failing and the collapse will come soon. Nothing that is as dysfunctional as the present mess can last very long in the historical sense.

  • Lance

    Haha, amusing. This is the beginning of the end for the traditional beliefs of Amren’s Asiatic lovers and the idea that they’re the perfect model minority. Next thing you you know they’ll be importing predatory, top of the fresh water food chain northern snakeheads and then mold and bacteria covered toads to which are native amphibians have no resistance and then they’ll come here for our universities and then take back what they learned about space aeronautics and military intelligence to their own countries… And… Oh, wait.

  • Brown-Eyed Devil

    As usual, Jupiter 7 pretty much says what needs to be said before I can say it. Myopic Governance (great name for a band, BTW), and Lance also make some welcome and pertinent comments. As some might recall from my earlier emissions, I deeply resent the loss of my home town (San Francisco) to the criminal hordes that began slinking into this country, aided by turncoat politico Dianne Feinstein and her cronies, that made S.F. the first US city to completely fall into Asian hands. The corruption of these people would shame any banana republic, the plethora of so-called legitimate business (how many greasy spoon restauraunts and “nail shops” do you need per city block?) hides multitude criminal enterprises from drug dealing and prostitution to sweat-shop trade and gambling.

    If the White Man’s technology and industry were to disappear, so would the power of the paper dragons in Asia. I am sick to death of whites, that actively despise other non-white groups, praising Asians. They have no idea to the extent that these people play the system. I’d be “hard-working” and “successful” too if I could come here, get what amounts to welfare for my expenses, free university educations, housing vouchers, business loans I never have to pay back, and the right of “re-unification” i.e., bringing my relatives over to feed off the welfare/SSI trough. I have more respect for any black welfare queen, to be perfectly honest. The danger that blacks represent is far more upfront, not insidious and slithering.

    As for the Asian apologists here-you’re either white, and support your own, no exceptions, or you’re against us. I suspect (no great insight on my part, really) that the Asian apologists have Asian spouses. They do, that is, until the spouses discover the workings of the divorce laws in their state.

    To the Rutgers “students” making trouble, when you should be kissing the very ground it stands on..please board the next-departing jetliner (more white technology for you to enjoy) and VAMOOSE!

  • ATBOTL

    “Genghis Khan attacked the White Europeans. He murdered and tortured innocent Whites. This should never be forgotten.”

    Not only that, but during the Mongol expansion, Caucasians were driven out of a huge area of Asia that they had lived for thousands of years or miscegenation out of existence through mass rape.

    Asians are not our buddies.

  • Anonymous

    Poster #38 says,

    As for the Asian apologists here-you’re either white, and support your own, no exceptions, or you’re against us. I suspect (no great insight on my part, really) that the Asian apologists have Asian spouses. They do, that is, until the spouses discover the workings of the divorce laws in their state.

    ——————————-

    I had to laugh (in a good way) at what you wrote. I have stated this many times on amren about those who constantly defend Asians over Whites. They, as you say, have Asian spouses or Asians within the family or they are delusional fools. The same goes for those who defend blacks, mexicans, etc. for the most part. Any fool can deduce who fits into that category among the posters here.

  • Bebe

    22 — June wrote at 8:25 AM on December 15:

    Does it ever end? The immigrants of old were only too happy to learn what it means to be an American. The learned, without the help of anyone, what this once-proud country offered and then wholeheartedly embraced the concept. They were grateful for the chance to belong and to contribute. The brawling hoards who arrive today are a far cry from the immigrants of old, and don’t even deserve to be here. I’m all for a long moratorium on all immigration.

    —————-

    June, let us say it like it is.

    The old immigrants, compared to the new “immigrants, were the WHITE peoples of Europe. Different NATIONALITIES, not races. That alone is the DIFFERENCE. I want that moratorium to be retroactive, back to the treasonous 1965 Immigration Act that our enemies within, created, drafted and made into law. They were the same enemies who created the Civil Rights Act and forced desegregation and all the other evils upon us.

  • Korea kid

    As time goes by, the fact that I was born in South Korea means less and less. I will never deny or hide the fact that I was born in a beautiful port city in South Korea, but nowadays people rarely ask me where I was born. They do once in a while, and if they do, I will simply tell them I was born in South Korea. But nowadays, I rarely ask anyone around me where they were born, and I am rarely asked that question either. Of course they might recognize that I am an East Asian person by my appearance, but they do not go any further than that.

  • John Engelman

    The various racial and ethnic groups that make up the American population have made contributions to American civilization. The contributions have not been of equal value.

    The only value in studying something like this is that these courses require essay exams and term papers. Employers like good written and verbal skills. How much one knows about something like black history is not important to an employer. How well one is able to express what one knows may be important.

    Nevertheless, these are topics that should be learned at the public library. While at college, one should learn skills that will be of obvious and immediate benefit to an employer.