the Asian quota


In my blog on affirmative action (June 26, 2016)

Affirmative Action

I observed that there exists an Asian quota in college admissions (affecting Asian-American students, that is), similar to a Jewish quota in college admissions that once existed.

It is an insidious and unfair that college admission officers won’t acknowledge or admit to — they deny the very existence of such policies or practices. It’s something akin, if I may paraphrase from Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four, to saying: “all applicants are equal, but some applicants are more equal than others.”

Listed below (following my Addendum) are some recent articles in the subject, in order of publication, most recent first.


— Roger W. Smith

  June 2016; updated January 2022




Roger W. Smith, email to a friend, January 30, 2017:

I noticed an article in today’s Times:

“White Students’ Unfair Advantage in Admissions,” by Andrew Lam, The New York Times, January 30, 2017

which I feel is excellent and makes sound, substantiated points.

I am sharing it with you because a few months ago, we were discussing Asian American quotas in college admissions. At the time, you said that you were not aware that it was a problem or that this type of discrimination existed.

At that time, I said to you I was against affirmative action, which I feel is reverse discrimination. We kind of agreed to disagree.

For a long time, I debated with myself about affirmative action and wasn’t sure what I thought. I believe I was initially for it.



articles re the Asian-American quota:


An Ugly Game of Race Preferences

By   William McGurn

The Wall Street Journal

January 10, 2022

‘An Ugly Game of Race Preferences’ – WSJ 1-10-2022


White Students’ Unfair Advantage in Admissions


The New York Times

January 30, 2017


Are elite colleges biased against Asian Americans?

CBS News

May 25, 2016


Why are so many Asian Americans missing out on Ivy League schools?

The Guardian

May 24, 2015


Asian Groups Target Ivy League For Racial Discrimination

The Daily Caller

May 22, 2016


Fewer Asians Need Apply

City Journal

Winter 2016


The model minority is losing patience

The Economist

October 3, 2015


Former Ivy League admissions dean reveals why highly qualified Asian-American students often get rejected

Business Insider (

June 10, 2015


To get into elite colleges, some advised to ‘appear less Asian’

Boston Globe

June 1, 2015


Asian Americans Deserve Better in Ivy League Admissions

The Huffington Post

May 28, 2015


Harvard’s odd quota on Asian-Americans

Chicago Tribune

May 23, 2015


Harvard discriminates against Asians as it once did to Jews

New York Post

May 19, 2015


Asian American groups file racial quotas complaint against Harvard University

The Guardian

May 16, 2015


For Asian Americans, a changing landscape on college admissions

Los Angeles Times

February 21, 2015


How to Beat the Asian Quota at Elite U.S. Colleges

Synergy Educational

September 25, 2014


Statistics Indicate an Ivy League Asian Quota


The New York Times

December 3, 2013


Is the Ivy League Fair to Asian Americans?

The Atlantic

December 21, 2012


Asians: Too Smart for Their Own Good?


The New York Times

December 19, 2012


The Myth of American Meritocracy

The American Conservative

November 28, 2012



See also my post:

Harvard does not discriminate against Asian-Americans (except that it does).

Harvard does not discriminate against Asian-Americans (except that it does).

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