Asians in America

Asians in America

Study Shows Opinions on Affirmative Action Change When Asian-Americans Succeed

A recent study suggests that people who advocate merit-based college admission standards may alter their beliefs depending on which racial group benefits from said standards. Universities that employ affirmative action policies do so purportedly to correct racial imbalances. By taking race into account, colleges give certain minority applicants certain application advantages where historically systematic discrimination once prevented them from doing so. As a result, a non-minority student in the current ultra-competitive higher education climate may be passed over in favor of a minority student with lower test scores and less-impressive grades. As such, critics of affirmative action argue that the […]

Interior Designer Vern Yip

Interior Designer Vern Yip

Interior designer Vern Yip gained widespread acclaim largely through his regular appearances on the hugely successful design show “Trading Spaces” on The Learning Channel which began airing over a decade ago. On this show, two sets of participants would redesign a room in each other’s homes with each of the two teams working with the guidance of a professional designer. As one of the recurring design guides, Yip, 45, was well known for his classic and tasteful designs and his calm, easy going demeanor. His sleek style aesthetic and know-how would seem to be products of intensive formal design training. […]

Chef Ming Tsai: Voice of Fusion

Chef Ming Tsai: Voice of Fusion

Ming Tsai grew up in Dayton, Ohio, working alongside his parents in the restaurant that they owned called Mandarin Kitchen. Ming loved the cooking and the eating, but he also learned valuable lessons about the day to day operations of the restaurant, including how to please customers. When Ming got a little older, he went east to go to school. He first attended Phillips Academy Andover, and later earned a degree in mechanical engineering at Yale University. Interestingly, it was during this time that he spent his summers in France, where he trained at the top culinary school Cordon-Blue in […]

A Profile of Asian American Architect I.M. Pei

A Profile of Asian American Architect I.M. Pei

Born in Guangzhou, China on April, 26, 1916, he was the son of a prominent Chinese banker. Traveling to America at the age of 17, he enrolled in college. I.M. Pei began his studies at UPenn’s architecture school but soon transferred to MIT. It was there that he earned his degree in 1940. In addition to his degree, he was awarded the RIBA gold medal, the MIT Traveling Fellowship, and the Alpha Rho Chi medal. Two years later he would enter the Harvard Graduate School of Design where he would study under the auspices of Walter Gropius. After a brief […]

A Profile of Reporter & News Anchor Connie Chung

A Profile of Reporter & News Anchor Connie Chung

Connie Chung was born in Washington, D.C. on August 20, 1946. She became the first Asian-American and the second woman in the history of news journalism to anchor a major network news program. In 1969, Chung received a journalism degree from University of Maryland. Right after college, she started working for WTTG in Washington and eventually worked her way up to being a reporter for the station. Two years later CBS News hired Chung as a Washington-correspondent. During this time, she landed an exclusive interview with President Nixon, which took place during the infamous Watergate scandal. Chung moved to Los […]

David Ho: A pioneer in AIDS research

David Ho: A pioneer in AIDS research

David Ho was born in Taiwan on November 3, 1952 to engineer Paul Ho, and his wife Sonia. His father left for the United States when he was only 5, with he and his family remaining in Taiwan until David was in the sixth grade, when they got their chance to come to America. He spent the rest of his youth in Los Angeles, and at age 22 he received his bachelor’s degree in biology from the California Institute of Technology in Pasedena, CA. He then went for his doctorate, and in 1978 he obtained his MD from Harvard Medical […]

Asian American Heritage Month

Asian American Heritage Month

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage month. Join along in paying tribute to the history and contributions of East Asian and Pacific Islanders to American culture and history. Asian Americans have made many long-term contributions to America as a country, from wartime efforts, to industry, to business, to entertainment, to academica, to culture. You can view read more about Asian American heritage month and how you can be involved in this celebration of Asian American culture at AsianPacificHeritage.gov.