Daily Dose: 12/28/11

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>>UC system admitting more Chinese International Student because they pay out-of-state tuition

After years of first generation Asian American Students flooding the elite UC campuses, these overachievers may no longer dominate the UC Campuses, as the UC systems are admitting more out-of-state students, most of whom are from China.

International students pay twice the amount of tuition than in-state students, encouraging the UC system to enroll these out-of-state students in record numbers. California residents pay $13,234 in annual tuition while nonresidents pay $22,878.

Because International Students are being admitted since they could pay more tuition, Asian American students, particularly children of immigrants, are being pushed out of the UC system.

Kwanhyun Park, a first generation, Korean American college student, fell victim to this declining, Asian American admission rate. He was rejected by elite UC campuses—UC Berekeley, UCLA, and UC San Diego—despite earning straight As and high test scores in high school.

“I took it terribly. I felt like I was doing well and I failed,” he said.

The University of California, San Diego campus in 2009 reduced its in-state student admission rate by 500 to 3,400, and gave these vacant spots to out-of-state and international students to adhere to this request by the University of California administrators, according to Mae Brown, the school’s admissions director.

Christine Clark, a University spokesman, speculates that the Asian American enrollment rate declined throughout the years because of the declining Asian American resident admissions. She also maintains that the UCs do not discriminately reject its applicants. “UC San Diego is committed to admitting and enrolling talented students from all ethnic and cultural backgrounds,” Clark said in an e-mailed statement.

For more information, visit: http://www.businessweek.com/news/2011-12-29/lure-of-chinese-tuition-squeezes-out-asian-american-students.html


>>New York City’s Asian American community welcomes Knick’s addition of Jeremy Lin

NBA player Jeremy Lin is taking his talents to the Big Apple. The New York Knicks claimed him off Waivers from the Houston Rockets, becoming the first Asian American player to suit up for the Knicks since Wataru Misaka in the 1947-1948 season.

New York City’s Asian American community praises the Knick’s recent addition. Richard Hsieh, a 28-year-old jewelry owner, said the community would be flooded with Jeremy Lin jerseys.

“His jersey will sell a lot around here,” he said. “I’d get his jersey over Carmelo Anthony’s.”

In 26 games with the Golden State Warriors last season, Lin averaged 2.6 points with 1.2 rebound and 1.4 assists. The 6-foot-3 guard was waived by the Warriors on December 9th, and was claimed by the Houston Rockets on the 12th. But he was once again waived on the 24th, and was subsequent claimed by the New York Knicks on the 27th.

He returned to Oracle Arena on the 29th, making his New York Knicks debut against his former team.

For more information, visit: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/asian-american-fans-praise-knicks-signing-ivy-leaguer-jeremy-lin-article-1.997637


>>Kim Jong Il officially laid to rest

The North Korean regime was officially transferred to his son, Kim Jong Un, today, as North Koreans tearfully mourn Kim Jong Il’s funeral when his body was carried off in a black hearse.

“That is our general,” said one soldier to the North Korean state media. “In this snow, we have to send him off and it’s heart ripping.”

The North Korean state television showed Kim Jong Un alongside the black hearse carrying his father’s body. He was accompanied by senior official, Jang Song Taek, his uncle and a vice chairman of the National Defense Commission.

The black hearse carried the coffin wrapped in the nation’s Worker’s Party flag. Another hearse carried a portrait of the smiling Kim.

For more information, visit: http://www.cnn.com/2011/12/28/world/asia/north-korea-leader-funeral/index.html?hpt=wo_c2

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