Harvard “Reject” to Establish Asian American University

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March 31, 2013; Source:Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Before long, Asian American students may have an alternative to Harvard and other top colleges. Hun Loo Gong, a self-made tech billionaire and Harvard reject, is reportedly establishing a university in California for students he calls “vengeful rejects” of elite institutions, “students who want to let Harvard and Berkeley and Stanford know the schools made a great, big mistake.”

The online college will be named Vincent Chin University, after the Chinese American who was killed in a racially motivated attack in1982, and headquartered in San Francisco. It will target Asian American immigrants and others locked out of top universities. Gong said that enrollment and tuition will be minimal, and that the school will count on future alumni to “pay [the school] when they make it big.” “We’ll give them what they need to succeed,” Gong says. “We don’t have to give them Shakespeare. We’re very focused.”

Last December, the New York Times had various experts weigh in on a discussion about the place of Asian Americans in elite schools, asking, “Are top colleges deliberately limiting the number of Asian-Americans they admit?” Ron Unz, publisher of the American Conservative, wrote, “[J]ust as their predecessors of the 1920s always denied the existence of ‘Jewish quotas,’ top officials at Harvard, Yale, Princeton and the other Ivy League schools today strongly deny the existence of ‘Asian quotas.’ But there exists powerful statistical evidence to the contrary.”

S.B. Woo, founding president of the 80-20 National Asian American Educational Foundation, wrote, “Top colleges are clearly limiting the number of Asians they admit, and what’s at stake for America is of more importance than just the number of Asians going to Harvard.” Woo, the former lieutenant governor of Delaware, cited the work of Princeton sociologist Thomas Espenshade, who wrote in his book, No Longer Separate, Not Yet Equal: Race and Class in Elite College Admission and Campus Life, that “to receive equal consideration by elite colleges, Asian Americans must outperform Whites by 140 points, Hispanics by 280 points, Blacks by 450 points in SAT (Total 1600).”

It will be interesting to see how Gong’s alternative university fares. Will Vincent Chin University attract Asian American students who dream of an Ivy League education but are turned away? –Erwin de Leon

  • Tammy Justice

    I like the idea that your college will give others of all races a chance to gain an education at a nominal fee so that they feel they have the degree they may otherwise have felt left out or incomplete without. I have never applied to Harvard or Stanford and doubt that I would have made the cut if I had wanted coming from a very small town.
    I am happy with my University, Trine. God has a plan for us all. I will pray that yours works the way you hope.

  • jlee

    I am glad that finally someone is capable to take the first step to lead the young and smart Asian student to the right path.I strongly believe this effort will yield great result in the future.

  • H. Chang

    Too bad most Asain students feel attending Harvard is the most prestigeous one. Come on. Princton, Columbia, Standford, UC Berkely, UCLA, USC…. just as good or better in certain subject areas. Hopefully the Vincent Chen U is going to be one of the best not only for Asian but also all international students, including the good old USA. Was not Mr. Gong being benefitted by learning his knowledge from one of the US U? I am not rich but grateful for being able to learn to earn my comfortable earning with UC Oregon. Good schools produce bad students, bad schools produce good students. As long as long one tries hard one can be successful in the the Great Old USA.

  • Mariah Todd

    I enjoyed reading this article and I couldn’t help but notice how even though what these Asian individuals creating this school were doing is indeed noble, I feel as if their own standards are a bit racist and hypocritical as well, leveling out the different race competition by scores that gradually increase. I appreciate what a Non profit news source like yours does for people on the internet, but I would greatly appreciate you guys following up with an interview with the school founders of this “Asian” institution who seems to be taking such ironic actions.
    thankful for your time!
    -Mariah Todd