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Apr 30: West Wing Report & Affirmative Inaction – Asians left behind?
Apr 30th, 2011 by Sam

Guests:

  • Paul Brandus, White House Bureau Chief, West Wing Report
  • Sam Museus, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Higher Education and Asian American Studies, University of Massachusetts Boston

Obama’s trip

@West Wing Report: Independent White House journalist. Paul’s bio: 5 yrs Moscow, 5 yrs network TV, 5 yrs Wall St.; foreign correspondent, private investor. 53 countries & counting

We’ll talk about the threat from Pakistan, Pentagon/CIA, birth certificates/college transcripts/SAT scores.  What about Trump’s FICO score??

Affirmative Inaction

Are Asians held to a higher standard for college admissions?  What does the research show?  Are there some groups affected more than others?  What is the purpose of college admissions?  Can schools choose who to admit without any government interference?  What about legacy admissions?  What about girls performing better than boys?

Sam Museus, Assistant Professor of Higher Education and Asian American Studies, University of Massachusetts Boston:

“My personal perspective is that if institutions are using race to keep Asian-American students out, it’s based on a fear [among non-minorities] that these ‘other’ students are taking over our institutions or taking ‘our spots’ at the best institutions.”  Competitive disadvantage: High-achieving Asian-American students are being shut out of top schools around the country. Is this what diversity looks like now?, Boston Globe, April 17, 2011

Aug 28: Pakistan flooding – is the world coming to the US? again?
Aug 27th, 2010 by Sam

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The floods have been described as epic – more vast than Haiti, Katrina, and the tsunami…

Mercy Corps is an international aid organization based in Portland, Oregon and is right in the thick of things.

Joy Portella is director of communications and leads a team of professionals dedicated to documenting and reporting Mercy Corps’ work in 40 countries.  She has traveled to global hotspots including North Korea, the Gaza Strip and Haiti.

She joins us to talk about it all:

  • Describe the flood in US terms – if it happened here, what would it look like?
  • What are aid agencies doing – how does it work?
  • We hear conservatives complaining that everyone comes to the US for everything…What have other governments committed?  Are there aid agencies from other countries that are as involved as American agencies?
  • What is it like working with Pakistan?  Given the political tensions that exist right now, does that affect your work?
  • Is there ‘donor fatigue’ for this crisis, given how many other things are in the news – the Gulf of Mexico, etc.?
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