Essay on Should Race be an Issue in Collge Admissions?

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Should Race be an Issue in Collge Admissions?

One of the first questions that people ask me is “What country are you from?” I originally took this comment as an insult, but then saw that this comment came from the ignorance of people in my community who had seen very few Asians. Realizing that my peers were just curious about who I was lightened my tone and I began to laugh every time I got that question. For me it was hilarious that I could be mistaken from really being from another country. I am half Chinese and half Caucasian and was actually born in Alabama. My ethnicity has helped me in many ways though. It has helped to distinguish me from my peers and may have helped me get into college.

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3). Tien also points out that “Like it or not, this history of racial division is linked with the debate over affirmative action. Although the U.S. as made great strides, race still divides our society”(par. 7).

Tien’s argument uses his authority as an immigrant and as a person of position in a university, who lives with the effects of education everyday to convince the reader of the strength of his argument. His mix of pathos is the emotional personal stories woven into his article detailing some of the discrimination he faced. He discusses the same question I mentioned earlier about receiving queries like “What country do you come from?” and how common this question has become for almost any person of ethnic background, no matter how long they have lived in this country or how far their ancestors go back (par.10). These questions faced are part of life for minorities.
Tien’s conclusion of his article is moving about what he finds disturbing about the debate over affirmative action:

I find one aspect of the debate over affirmative action to be especially disturbing. There seems to be an underlying assumption that if it is eliminated, the nation will have solved the problems associated with racial division. Nothing could be further from the truth. It is critical for America to address the issue of how people from diverse backgrounds are going to study, work, and live in the same neighborhoods together in harmony, not strife. (Tien par. 36)

The issue

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