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Dismantling the “Model Minority” myth

The importance of dismantling the “model minority” Asian stereotype is clear. Convenient and unrepresentative aspects of the Asian identity are exalted to demean other minority groups and justify racially oppressive structures. Moreover, the “model minority” myth renders the discrimination and struggle within Asian American communities invisible. As the Stanford campus continues to organize around Ferguson, it is crucial that we reject an ideology designed to pit minorities against each other and immobilize a movement for racial equality.

Revisting Silicon Valley’s obsession with immigration reform

No one sincerely believes that these companies are only looking hire the best global talents that they cannot find elsewhere. Yes, the immigration quota system for tech employees is broken right now, not because the annual H-1B quota of 85,000 plus additional exceptions is too low for Silicon Valley to hire all the software engineering superstars it needs – the world just is not producing anywhere close to 85,000 of these “100x” programmers every year – but because the H-1B is being used by large companies for undifferentiated IT and basic programming positions as an outsourcing visa, exactly the fear that reform skeptics have repeatedly brought up.

Hopes devoured: “culture,” “identity” and Labour’s concession on U.K. immigration

Loosening the ties that bind our communities together. While I don’t think for a second that Miliband is racist, he should be more aware that appeals to “culture” in the immigration debate inexorably come out as the language of coded prejudice. Far too often, both in the United States and elsewhere, “culture” and “identity” have been used as politically correct bywords for “race” and “exclusion.”

Hope and government

Immigration reform is going to go totally unrealized unless the Republican majority gets unseated in the midterm elections, or the Democrats agree to support Boehner in any Speaker election – and they would rather wait for the next midterms and watch the Republicans embarrass themselves in the meantime. The reality is that the reason the law will not be passed has almost nothing to do with the law and everything to do with political divisions in Washington. Millions of men and women who came to this country pursuing freedom and happiness, but their chance at getting a real shot at being American has been pulled away by the hard reality of political dysfunction. It such a shame that this has become a normal political expectation for Americans.

The real cost of inaction on immigration

While economic concerns are at the forefront of debate over immigration and the statistics undoubtedly show that the U.S. benefits greatly from immigration, these facts should not be the only reasons driving immigration reform. The question being asked so often is “What can immigrants do for the country?” However, the real question we should be asking ourselves is “What is the right thing to do?” What America needs now is action. There are political, economic and personal costs to everyone for every day that immigration reform remains merely an idea rather than a reality. 297 days is enough already.

Four minority issues more important than ASSU elections

SAFE Reform did not earn the two-thirds share of the vote needed for a constitutional amendment. However, despite a huge effort by the Students of Color Coalition, more students voted in favor of SAFE Reform than voted against. As a student of color myself, I was sad to see the campus unnecessarily divided along racial and ethnic lines. SAFE Reform is undoubtedly something that should be discussed on campus. But there are more important issues facing our state and nation that students of color should be channeling their energy into solving.

Financing the World

In 2002, William Kamkwamba used bicycle parts, blue gum tree and scraps to build a windmill in his village in Malawi. Only fifteen, William nevertheless managed to use the windmill to power several electrical appliances in his village. What is striking is that despite William’s lack of money, if William had applied to Stanford he would have been ineligible for financial aid. Despite our $18 billion endowment, we still do not provide financial aid to international students, even though other top-tier universities such as Harvard do. It is genuinely surprising that despite the fact that Stanford has yet to open itself up to financing opportunities for international students without Social Security numbers.