The statistics and stereotype would indicate that Asians in developed nations achieve higher academic success than the rest. It just might be true. Some media outlets have reported how some universities are ‘too Asian’ and that also some schools discriminate against Asian enrollment even if they have the required grades.
There’s two popular theories on why Asians seem to excel better academically.
1) Asians are just smarter
I wish I could believe that. If that had a good possibility of being true then my dumbass friends and I would have breezed through high school. I failed 5 out of 8 courses in Grade 8. It’s true that I ditched class about as often as I was there but if I was naturally smart, I probably could have achieved better grades than I did. It would have been 6 courses that I failed but my Social Studies teacher gave me a last minute chance.
2) Asian parents put more pressure on their kids to get good grades
I would say this is pretty accurate. Asian parents who come to a 1st world country want nothing more than to see their kids seize the opportunities available to be the best they can be. To them an education is your way out of ever having to worry about being poor and their rationale is that you cannot be poor and happy. The idea is if the opportunity is there, you would have to be a fool not to go after it.
There’s another reason though that doesn’t get any attention for some reason. Or maybe I wasn’t paying attention when they said it. Number 3 is that Asians have less fun. Possibly this is never stated because no media outlet wants to say anything negative towards any group of people.
In the university and college age group, partying and being social can take a toll on your grades. It can ruin your motivations to attend post secondary altogether. There’s 2 things that many Asians lack that prevent them from being able to succeed in ruining their post secondary hopes.
1) A lot of Asians are shy.
It’s extremely difficult for many Asians to be in a social setting and also be social. Talking to strangers just isn’t their forte. When you are raised with parents who are even more socially crippled, there isn’t much knowledge in that department to pass on. So if you’re not out meeting people all the time and have little urge to attend social events, it really lessens the chance of having distractions.
2) A lot of Asians suck at drinking alcohol
What do a lot of young people do? They drink alcohol and sometimes lots of it and sometimes too often. Around 50% of Asians have this gene that processes alcohol differently than in most people. I have this gene. It prevents you from being an alcoholic, yes, but it also prevents you from being comfortable after even 1 drink or 2. It’s basically an allergy to alcohol. You get drunk easily and your face turns all red. The party ends half an hour after it starts. You can read about this phenomenon here.
Yes, I continue to drink even though I lack the army to fight the good fight. I took a different route by forcing alcohol in my body and building a better tolerance over the years. I still suck compared to other people but I’m good enough to be able to stick around without puking.
People who can and enjoy drinking alcohol do not realize that their life would be so much different if that wasn’t the case. The people you associated with and the things that you did/do for fun would be much different. All those drinking nights would have been traded for studying, board games, milk and cookies. Maybe you wouldn’t have gotten pregnant?
Okay, so now you suck at being social and you also suck at drinking which might also be part of the reason why you suck at being social. We all need something in life to keep us going and for a lot of Asians that thing is, doing well in school. Studying doesn’t seem very stimulating but a volleyball by itself isn’t either until you are stranded on an island with no one and nothing else. Now the volleyball has a name and he’s your best friend.
I think it’s also true that more Asians let their career define them. A lot of Asians believe that if they don’t have a respectable career and earn decent income, they will have to feel shame from family, friends, potential partners, everyone, and live a sad lonesome life.
For this Asian, I get the worst of both worlds. I never had any academic pursuits and my social ability may not be that horrible but I’m no butterfly. Perhaps I was born in the wrong era. I should have been born in the era when working at a supermarket could afford you a home and racism gave you a purpose in life.
Note: For this post, when I say Asian I am referring to the lighter skinned kind with black hair.