25 July 2003

asians are the new jews?.....

this great story in slate really got me thinking about ethnicity and the nature of meritocracy. the article itself makes the thesis that asians are overtaking jews at the #1 position in america's meritocracy.
there also seems to be this huge link between ethnicity and how we react to that meritocracy. i think therein lies an answer to the question "why so few italo-american intellectuals?" we're no less intelligent than any other group, but we RESPOND differently and strive for different things than jews and asians tend to.

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