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1 Bayside is one of the higher end suburbs in the Queens borough of New York City. It is known for its above average education system and low crime rate, relative to other bordering neighborhoods or cities. Bayside has one of the largest Asian American populations, specifically Korean Americans making up a significant proportion of that demographic. I was born in the New York Presbyterian Hospital where my mother has been working as a nurse for over 20 years and lived in Brooklyn until I was around six months, then after moving to Bayside which became my home for the following twelve years. I am a first generation American, even though both my parents have American citizenship after immigrating to the United States, my mother in high school and my father after undergraduate college. During the early 1990s, which is also the time period in which my family moved to Bayside, was when a large number of Asian American families moved into that neighborhood. Because of such an unusual amount of people of my same ethnicity, I never felt the social awkwardness or “outside looking in” situation that most minorities should have felt. In fact, I was never even really aware of my status as an Asian American or a minority since I was constantly surrounded by other Asian American families, supermarkets, churches etc. In 2006, a Chinese Livingston High School student named Jian Li sued Princeton for rejecting him despite having outstanding test scores, academics, and other extracurricular activities. Li argues that he was not accepted into the University of Princeton because he was an Asian American; a demographic that was “over represented” says a student who is currently in the same graduating class as Li at Yale. Li had no personal grievance towards Princeton, but rather wanted to make a statement towards the other elite colleges that rejected him for allegedly the same reverse affirmative action in a sense so that fellow Asian Americans do not have to be subject to the same kind of injustice.
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2 After my brother had finished elementary school, our family had decided on moving to New Jersey, specifically the township of Livingston which is located in the north central region. Despite its ridiculously high tax rates and standard of living, my parents felt it was necessary for my brother and me to enter into a better school system with smaller class sizes and “better” people to be around. Fifty percent of the residents of Livingston are Jewish and another fifteen percent are Asian American; thus Christian Western Europeans are actually a vast minority, the ratio of temples to churches being around 2:1 as indication of such. These sort of dynamic where typical minorities are majorities and vice versa created a very unorthodox setting for myself and other students in my high school. The social hierarchy was not based on athletics or being a cheerleader but rather split into mainly two parts: academics and wealth. Because most of the
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