I’ve had a bit of back and forth with a reader over my article and podcast this week on immigration. There are a couple of points that I would like to publicly address as I feel that they are both interesting and useful. My correspondent had this to say:
Chinese immigration is an Australian problem, not American by and large. The problem with your example is the schools in NYC are not indicative of dick anywhere else in the country.
There was a Democrat election in NYC this week that had a very surprising result with the ten term Irish-American incumbent being unceremoniously turfed out in a landslide to a Marxist Latino who wants free everything and open borders.
The interesting thing for me in relation to my discussion was the breakdown of the voting stats by race for the 14th district:
0.45% Native American
In what is predominantly a Latino neighborhood there is still a large percentage of Asians, a percentage that is almost on par with the number of whites. It might not be happening all over the country but it is happening.
But I found this comment from my correspondent to be far more interesting:
As far as immigration goes, these Asian guys by and large are not immigrants. And they are taking the place that the whites walked away from. My kids competed with them, no problem, and weren’t held back one bit.
First of all it is a mistake to use your own micro experiences to try and make sense of a macro issue. We’re not on N=1 ground here. But then I thought about this some more and something came to me. This actually is a very big problem for my correspondent’s kids. Let’s go back to the numbers breakdown for Stuyvesant High School again:
Asian — 613
White — 151
Hispanic — 27
Black — 10
There are two reasons that you send your kids to an elite school. One of those reasons is for the quality of the education, but that is not the first one. The primary motivation to send your kids to an elite school is for the doors that it opens. These kids are the future leaders of the country, whether in business or in politics. The networking opportunities that arise from mixing and socializing with peers that will be powerful in the future is huge.
But race determines all things. The Asian kids when they grow up will be passing on their favors to other Asian kids. That is simply the way of things. There may well be a few N=1 aberrations but in the main the Asian will look after the Asians and so on. Perhaps the Asian kids will be locked out of the power structure in the future. Even if that is the case it is still a huge disadvantage for the white kids who are currently at this high school, for the simple fact that their future networking pool is only 150, whereas if the school had been all white they would have had over 800 networking opportunities to cultivate and exploit.
It’s beyond useless to walk around saying that your kids got in so they’re okay. Got in to what exactly? You paid for the high education but you’re not receiving the main benefit.
The schools don’t care because they’re getting just as much money as before if not more. No “Tiger Mom’s” kids will miss out on any extracurricular activities.
This has gone to such an extreme in Australia that our major universities are now simply degree factories for Chinese and Indians who often don’t even speak any English. They still get given the degree though; after all, they paid for it.
Chinese students in Australia dominate a range of popular finance and business courses offered by metropolitan universities through a sheer weight of numbers. Often more than eight in 10 students in particular courses are international students, particularly students from China.
80%. That’s beyond a joke; it is a betrayal. Keep in mind that these universities receive hundreds of millions of dollars in taxpayer funding. Check out the breakdown of stats:
What’s not mentioned in the article is that these students don’t just receive a degree for their money; it is a backdoor pathway to citizenship. If you are studying in Australia then that confers on you residency status which means that you can purchase as much property with your family’s money as you want. This then leads to permanent residency so you can bring in the entire family as well. There are over 1 million foreign students currently studying in Australia which is over 5% of the total population.
This is what happens when you give away your country for the short term buck. You sell your children’s future, whether that be a high school, a university, or a future contact that would get their foot in the door in an elite profession.