Your article about Asian-Americans at Princeton raised two questions for me. First: Does the Princeton admission office have an unwitting bias against Asian-Americans? An objective demographic review of Princeton admissions should help answer this question. The review must consider disadvantaged ethnic groups such as the Hmong. Second: Is Asian-American studies a proper academic field of study? This question has been answered in the affirmative by other leading universities, including Stanford, where I teach. An enrollment of 30 students in “Chinatown USA” is not low if the course addresses a legitimate area of scholarship.
Browsing Letters 2009-2010