So recently Jeremy Lin, a Chinese-American point guard from Harvard, has been lighting it up for the NY Knicks, averaging 30+ ppg as the Knicks have won five straight games with him starting. Naturally the prospect of an Asian pro basketball player-- especially a native-born skill player, not an alien gargantuan like Yao Ming-- has lit up the editorial columns. I was reading one of these that linked to a very good NY Mag article from last year that exposed the "Tiger Mom" and the traditional Asian upbringing as leaving Asians woefully unprepared to do battle with Whites (and Jews) in the real world.
Because Salo is a peer-reviewed research forum, we have of course already dissected and analyzed this phenomenon here before. But it is interesting to hear it confirmed anecdotally from Asians themselves.
I recommend everyone to read the full article, but as it is 11 pages long and likely tl;dl for most, I have copied some good bits here:
What happens to all the Asian-American overachievers when the test-taking ends?
By Wesley Yang
Even negroes, at around 11% of the population, could probably maintain 1% of all upper management slots ("the talented tenth") even in a hypothetical meritocracy in which AA was abolished... this would indicate that Asians may have the least potential for leadership of any ethnic group in America. There would be proportionately (relative to Asians) far fewer blacks at the lower and middle levels of white-collar employment, but the truly "talented tenth" isn't promotionally constrained by the complete lack of social/leadership skills that Asians exhibit.
Asians are natural coolies: