In the Daily Bruin, UCLA officials complain that the decline in black and Hispanic enrollment — caused by the ban on race-based preferences — is changing campus culture. There isn’t a “critical mass” of activists, they complain.
The end of affirmative action saw many more Asian American students admitted to UCLA, while the number of students from underrepresented minority groups — blacks, American Indians, Chicanos and Latinos — has steadily declined.
“Without generalizing, I would say that Asian Americans have not had a traditional role of activism in the United States,” (Berky) Nelson said. “They believe the way to success is through education, so they might study hard at the expense of things others may deem relevant.”
Good thing Nelson, director of student programming, isn’t prone to generalizing.
Discriminations points out the stereotyping.
A Discriminations commenter, who attended 1995-99, says Asian-American students were very active in campus groups — especially evangelical groups.
In general though it seems the powers that be are confusing left-wing activism with activism. Difficult as it may to believe, someone can be concerned with society and things other than success through education without buying into your party line. Baby boomer elites may not appreciate that when UCLA’s Asian students form groups they often, but not always, do so to worship Jesus Christ rather than Frantz Fanon, but one cannot accuse them of a lack of civic engagement and ascribe it to the stereotype of the diligent but passive oriental.
My daughter attended UCLA from 1999-2001. She thought campus social and political life was balkanized, with students encouraged to categorize themselves by race and ethnicity. It’s one of the reasons she transferred.