Kudos to you for working so hard to get where you are , but its not reality for most asian communities in California. Me and my friends are raised on school oriented lives, middle class with parents willing to spend thousands on our education to make sure we get that UC bound gpa. The asian focus on education is an amazing privilege we have that many dont grow up with. Like the latino population that makes up almost half of our state but are still under represented in our schools.
If a focus on education is what people lack, resources need to be channeled early on to ensure that this focus, which isn’t coming from the parents, is coming from the school. I also think we should pay teachers way more than we currently are, so that if needed they can go above the call of duty and reach out to parents and families to get them more involved with the kids’ academic progress.
I want to see public dollars put into after school programs, mentoring programs, tutoring programs, and everything else like it. Every job or volunteer position I’ve had growing up was tutoring. I’m willing to be taxed more to see that these programs grow and as many students benefit from them as possible, especially from an early age. If there was a bill diverting funds from, say, that inane high speed rail project to more early-education programs and after school mentoring, THAT would be a more productive way to address differences in cultural education perspectives and would be a better way to “even out” the “playing field”.
I support giving kids who don’t have certain luxuries the tools and guidance they need to succeed. What I do NOT support is flat out rejecting students who belong to a certain ethnic background simply by virtue of their culture. My parents didn’t almost die trying to get here and then bus tables and deliver newspapers to see me rejected just because, although they were willing to focus their extremely limited income on my schooling, there are too many people who look like me in the public higher education system.
Lastly, seeing thousands of dollars go into your education doesn’t mean those dollars were easy to come by. I don’t think we need to punish a community for their values. Obviously one needs to look at all factors, and if a rich, lazy Asian kid is barely pulling a 3.2 he doesn’t deserve to get in over a Latino kid with the same grades yet needs to work 2 part time jobs during the week, etc. But that’s a stage in the admissions process we need to get to: where both files are considered. I think a bill that places a quota on a certain demographic wouldn’t allow a committee to reach this stage or take it seriously. I’m for socioeconomic-based considerations (with focus on whether you’d be the first or second to go to college) more than anything. If this shuts me, as an Asian-American, out, I understand. But not because there are already “too many” of us in the system.
I wouldn’t have been able to go to college without the Cal Grant. Those were the greatest years of my life thus far and my school, which was private and had great faculty:student ratios, academic support and so much more (like matching my Cal Grant too) is largely why I made it to med school today. The Cal Grant gave me the privilege of being able to choose where I wanted to go and where I thought I could get the best education…and I did.
Let’s keep the Cal Grant alive and help many more generations of low income kids get a college education, public or private!
Hey guys. Recently a California State Senator proposed a legislation called SCA 5 that allows for the state to deny anyone the right to education based on their race, color, gender, ethnicity, etc. In other words, if this bill is passed, colleges can set quotas on certain ethnicities that dominate the playing field in the application process.**
** aka Asians. Asians make up a little less than 14% of California’s population yet up to 40% of the student body demographic at certain UC campuses like Cal. SCA5 essentially wants to cut this number down to be closer to the California makeup of Asians (14%)….so they want to reduce the number of Asians admitted/enrolled by OVER HALF the current number.
This is wrong. I care about equal opportunity and helping out those disadvantaged whenever possible. But I grew up poor as shit, and so do MANY MANY Asian-Americans who work hard and sacrifice everything to have a shot of going to college at a California public university. If this passes, so many of us will get shut out for no other reason than an arbitrary quota. No. That is not the way.
Respect your opinion. I'm not trying to change your mind on anything and appreciate your feedback, especially since you can offer a different perspective on the matter. Please accept my sincere apology for offending you with the post. As with anything else I put up, it's never my intention to cause harm or hurt anyone's feelings. Thanks for sharing your opinion on the matter and giving me something to think about. Chris
Apology accepted, and I’m glad you will think about the matter. It’s really important.
The interwebs is abuzz over an article that appeared on Philly.com and in today’s Daily News about how Chink’s Steaks on Torresdale Avenue in Northeast Philadelphia changed its name to Joe’s Steak + Soda Shop in April. Owner of Joe’s/Chink’s Joe Groh changed the name of the longstanding cheesesteak shop believing that old name was insulting to members of the Asian-American community in Philadelphia. The shop, which has been in the same location on Torresdale Avenue since 1949 got its original name from founder Sam Sherman, who earned the nickname of “Chink” due to his “almond-shaped eyes.”
When Groh changed the name from Chink’s to Joe’s Steaks + Soda Shop, it was certainly amid heavy controversy. Some viewed it as a long overdue change that had to be made. Others believed this was simply political correctness run amok, and vowed they would never go to the place ever again. Chink’s/Joe’s is my favorite cheesesteak in all of Philadelphia, so I personally believed that as long as they kept serving delicious cheesesteaks on fresh store-baked rolls and offering amazing egg creams and milkshakes, I couldn’t care less what they call it. Well, since the name change, Chink’s/Joe’s Steaks + Soda has seen its business decline 15%.
There are plenty of people who are pointing to this as a sign of Philadelphia’s rampant racism—that they would willingly go to a place called Chink’s, then refuse to go to a place with a much more socially appropriate name. While Philadelphia is a city where neighborhoods experience de facto (in reality, but not by organized law) segregation, there is certainly racism that exists. It would be naive and straight up wrong to claim otherwise.However, I don’t necessarily think that the drop in Chink’s/Joe’s Steaks + Soda’s business since the name change has to do with racism.
First and foremost, the name Chink’s is offensive. Whether it’s a product of a different time in America where racial/ethnic slurs were more socially accepted or not, I understand why people were upset about it, and why owner Joe Groh felt it was time to change the name. However, for people who don’t even live in Philadelphia to claim that people won’t eat at Joe’s Steaks + Soda because it doesn’t have a racist name isn’t because those people dislike men and women of Asian descent. THAT would be racist. The fact of the matter is that Philadelphians are stubborn people who dislike change of any shape or form. They like what they grew up with and what they know. When someone fucks with that when they don’t have to, Philadelphians will hold a grudge and hold it for a very longtime.
Joe’s Steaks + Soda isn’t in a neighborhood that is frequented by tourists. You’re not going there unless you’re from Philly or the surrounding area. You’re also not going there frequently unless you live in the neighborhood, because it’s far from Center City. It’s not like it has a high “well I’m drunk or high so lets go here” business like Jim’s, Pat’s or Geno’s. It’s a place that has survived since 1949 due to word of mouth, both from friend to friend, and from generation to generation. If your grandfather went to Chink’s, your mother went to Chink’s (and took you there as a kid), and then you (and your kids) suddenly have to go to Joe’s Steak + Soda, you’re messing with family history. You’re messing with tradition. It’s like all those memories of the old cheesesteak shop just went up in smoke. Look at all the examples of Philadelphians resisting things being built in their neighborhoods, or certain things moving into their neighborhoods not because it wouldn’t be good for the neighborhood and its residents, but because it’s not what was there before. The people in Germantown are upset over what the School District of Philadelphia wants to do with Germantown High School —not because the proposal wouldn’t be good for Germantown, but because they just saw their school one year away from its centennial get shut down. This is like the name change from Chink’s to Joe’s Steak + Soda. It’s still the same great product, but it’s got a different name.
Chill with all the bullshit about how this is more evidence that Philadelphia is a racist and hateful city. There are plenty of things to point to in Philadelphia about how the city has racial tension and turmoil, but I don’t believe this is one of those cases. Rather, this is Philadelphians and their legendary loyalty and reluctance to accept change taking control. If John’s Roast Pork, my favorite sandwich shop in South Philly and a place that my grandfather and mother both went to when they were younger decided to change its name, I would seriously consider not going there any more for that very reason, but still would because I love the Bucci family, and the food they serve. I think Joe Groh should be commended for doing something as risky as changing the name on a neighborhood institution like Chink’s. I hope people will eventually come around and see that their food is still awesome, and the people that work there are still just as wonderful as they were prior to its name change. I know my cheesesteaks, and I promise you that Joe’s Steaks + Soda are the best in the whole damn city.
Yeah no, fuck all this. I don’t give a flying fuck about your traditions if it revolves around a place operating under a fucking SLUR. “I’m not racist; I’m just loyal” lmao like are you fucking kidding. When you’re celebrating hate and trying to perpetuate it YOU. ARE. RACIST. You shouldn’t spend more time trying to defend these people’s racism than actually addressing the concerns of the Asian-American community and proposing that the ~loyal~ neighborhood grow the hell up and ACCEPT CHANGE when it’s necessary.
I get it, man, you love Philly (clearly). But own up. This is racist as all hell and so are ALL the people mourning the name change and not going there anymore as a result of it. It’s a tradition, yeah. A racist one.