Thursday, July 5, 2012

Asian people problems

And here I am, worried about whether I'm going to scrape past 50% on one of my subjects.

A STUDENT at an elite Sydney private school who scored a uni admissions rank of 99.95 out of 100 in 2008 has lost an appeal alleging discrimination stopped her getting full marks. Abbotsleigh student Sarah Hui Xin Wong’s mother Eileen complained to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal that the Board of Studies had unlawfully discriminated against Sarah because they didn't provide her with adequate special provisions to help her write her exam essays. Ms Wong, 21, has hyper joint mobility of the wrist. She received some rest breaks during the exam. The family told the tribunal that Ms Wong would've got much higher marks if she had access to a computer or extra rest time during exams. Ms Wong's marks won her a place in a medicine degree at Sydney University and she came fifth in the state in chemistry. She was offered a writer to dictate her essays to but chose not to do that. [Source]

It's great to strive for excellence and all that, but sometimes you need to be happy with what you have. Particularly when a student has got one of the highest marks possible, all while dealing with a disability. And has got into the course she wanted at one of Australia's best universities.
It's one thing to want recognition for a great achievements, but now that Sarah Wong has become the butt of jokes, the extreme personification of the Asian-overachiever stereotype, let this be a warning to all those Asian mothers out there with Tigerish tendencies.


  1. The poor student's mom is aiming so high that she's actually scraping the bottom of the barrel for excuses.

    Found your site through Ben's page. Good stuff.

  2. Well, as they say, stereotypes exist for a reason. Even though I've never really subscribed to HBD, at times I can't help but think that Asian people are born with a work ethic gene, LOL.

    1. I thought you'd be right into that HBD stuff, BAG. I personally think this sort of thing shows the power of culture rather than genes. While Sarah Wong's mother sounds kinda extreme, I don't think Sarah would have done so well without her, and the cultural mores that encourage this kind of aspiration.

    2. Yeah, I understand why you'd get that impression.

      At least for me, I find HBD to be a big waste of time, something that distracts from much more important issues. I just think it's a bit pointless scrutinizing every tiny IQ difference that's out there.

      The way I see it, if you're going to be a true nationalist who opposes immigration, it shouldn't matter whether or not the new arrivals are geniuses or the dumbest people on the planet. Either way, their presence will eventually pose a problem. Just my two cents.

      Regarding different groups and culture, for me it's really a chicken and egg type of question. Are people the way they are because of their culture, or are cultures the way they are because of the people? I think it's a little bit of both. I guess even though I'm not really into HBD, I don't entirely rule it out either.

      After all, if all different races were really all the same inside, there wouldn't be such a thing as "Asian glow" whenever Asian people get drunk at parties, haha.

  3. This is more trying to help her daughter Sarah to path her popularity before heading to uni. Claiming how smart she is even handicapped