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Wednesday, January 17, 2007
Tomorrow's campus protest: you heard it here first
I wrote recently about a civil-rights complaint filed against Princeton University by an Asian-American applicant, Jian Li, who had been rejected. With nearly perfect grades and test scores, he charged that the university was effectively capping Asian-American enrollment. (He got into Yale, prompting more than a few jokes that he wasn't the most deprived victim in the world.) At 13 percent or so, Princeton's Asian-American enrollment is significantly below that of its peers.
Well, here's the Daily Princetonian's response to the episode, in what is some sort of joke issue. There's something in the issue to offend quite a few people, as you might expect (however, I did expect more wit). But this essay has campus-incident/protest/statement-from-the-president written all over it.
Let's just say the editorial, under Jian Li's byline, starts with: "Hi Princeton! Remember me? I so good at math and science." And includes such lines of Wildean wit as, "Yellow people make the world go round. We cook greasy food, wash your clothes and let you copy our homework."
Amazing. (Shirley Tilghman: You may want to clear your schedule for the next couple of days.)