STUDY: LGBT Asian Americans seen as 'more American' than those who are straight

Research from the University of Washington found that students believe Asian Americans who identify as LGBTQ are "more American" than those who do not. 

The recent findings, published June 27 in Social Psychological and Personality Science, were collected from multiple studies that involved four randomly assigned groups of participants from the school’s student body. Each participant was asked to answer questions regarding different profiles of imaginary people. 

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In the first study, students were assigned a brief description of a person named John, either labeled as an “Asian American man” or a “gay Asian American man.” With a one through seven scale for various questions, they were to rate how American he was. The questions included “How fluently do you think this person speaks English?” and “How integrated is this person in American culture?”

The results overwhelmingly found that the “gay Asian American man” scored higher on the “Americanness” scale that the normal “Asian American man.”

The second study used questions similar in nature, but included more groups of people, with profiles of men, women, whites, and Asian Americans. The hypothetical profiles listed each person as either “gay” or not specified. Common “American” names were also given to each imaginary subject. Once again, the study found that Asian Americans who identified as gay were seen as "more American."

“One possible extension of this work is that gay Asian Americans may be less likely to have their American identities questioned than straight Asian Americans,” said Sapna Cheryan, a UW psychology professor.

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Separate studies by the Pew Research Center have shown that Asians are the fastest-growing racial group in the U.S. UW, however, notes that they are also consistently perceived as “foreign.” 

“I am offended that my patriotism is being questioned in this study,” Caleb Chung, an Asian American student at Northeastern University, told Campus Reform. “Regardless of my race, I was born and raised in the U.S., and I want to be seen as an American.”

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Bill DeBlasio's alma mater, NYU, offers free legal counsel to illegal students, employees amid ICE raids

New York University spoke out against immigration enforcement over the weekend amid mounting anticipation of ICE raids, offering free legal counsel to students and employees at risk of being deported.

“We believe that it is vital that those pursuing higher learning should be able to move across borders in peaceful pursuit of their scholarship,” NYU said in a Saturday statement. 

The same statement included a promise that NYU “does not -- and will not” provide government agencies with information “that would enable them to target undocumented members of our community” without being compelled to do so and assured students that the school does not allow any federal agency representatives to enter campus buildings barring legal process or permission, adding that “such permission is not given for targeting undocumented members of our community or for gathering information on them.”

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NYU offered advice regarding how members of the community should respond if they are approached by immigration enforcement, directing illegal students and employees to an information page hosted by the NYU alumnus, 2020 Democrat presidential candidate, and New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio's Office of Immigrant Affairs. 

The page advises illegal immigrants to “Know Your Rights,” linking a “fact sheet” that offers information about how to avoid and/or manage being arrested by ICE. The mayor's fact sheet tells those who are approached by ICE that they have the right to say, among other things, "I don't want to talk to you right now."

NYU directed illegal immigrant students to take advantage of its Immigrant Defense Initiative, which provides free legal advice and representation to students and faculty in immigration-related cases. 

Earlier in 2019, an academic study out of NYU proposed various solutions to what it called “a climate of fear and anxiety” created by President Trump’s immigration policies. The suggested solutions included in-state tuition for illegal immigrants and government-funded immigration lawyers.

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Campus Reform reached out to NYU for comment but did not receive a response in time for publication.

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Cornell DROPS standardized test requirement: 'Can be biased against' women, minorities

Cornell University is dropping its Graduate Record Examination (GRE) requirement for one of its graduate programs, in order to increase diversity and inclusivity.

This means that any student applying to Cornell’s Meinig School of Biomedical Engineering (BME) in pursuit of a Ph.D. or a Masters in Engineering no longer needs to take the GRE standardized test to be considered for admission.

While other universities have scrapped the GRE requirement for science programs, Cornell is one of the first schools to drop its requirement for the engineering program, according to The Cornell Daily Sun.

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A majority of Cornell’s graduate field faculty supported the decision, and the change will officially be made beginning fall 2019, according to a news release by Cornell Engineering. 

The faculty who supported the change were supposedly influenced by arguments regarding the test’s lack of equality, including multiple studies allegedly showing minimal cause and effect between the exam and positive student outcomes and that “the test can be biased against women, underrepresented minorities, students from underserved communities, and international students.”

“In simple terms, the GRE is a better indicator of sex and skin colour than of ability and ultimate success,” one 2014 study asserted.

The same study said that women on the exam tend to perform worse than men and minority groups tend to perform worse than white and Asian people.

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“Removing the GRE scores from consideration is expected to reduce barriers to graduate education and contribute to a fairer and more holistic review process while also providing significant cost savings for applicants,” Cornell BME professor and director of graduate studies Jan Lammerding said. “As a more diverse and inclusive graduate population will provide tremendous benefits for the biomedical engineering community and future workforce, we anticipate that other graduate programs will join this vision.”

Lammerding also cited monetary reasons as a contributing factor in introducing the change.

“Most of the students I have talked to said they spend about $500 for GRE alone,” Lammerding told The Cornell Daily Sun. “The h

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Harvard study: 'No evidence' trigger warnings help, may actually hurt trauma survivors

A July study conducted by Harvard University psychologists concludes that there is “no evidence” that trigger warnings help trauma survivors.

Conducted by Harvard psychologists Payton Jones, Benjamin Bellet, and Richard McNally, the study went so far as to suggest that trigger warnings could hurt the very individuals they are intended to help.

“Most empirical studies on trigger warnings indicate that they are either functionally inert or cause small adverse side effects,” the study’s abstract states. “We found substantial evidence that trigger warnings countertherapeutically reinforce survivors' view of their trauma as central to their identity.”

The Ivy League psychologists said that “451 trauma survivors were randomly assigned to either receive or not receive trigger warnings prior to reading potentially distressing passages from world literature. They provided their emotional reactions to each passage.”

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Self-reported anxiety was used by the researchers as the main dependent variable.

“Trigger warnings are not helpful for trauma survivors,” the study concludes. “It is less clear whether trigger warnings are explicitly harmful. However, such knowledge is unnecessary to adjudicate whether to use trigger warnings -- because trigger warnings are consistently unhelpful, there is no evidence-based reason to use them.”

This is not the first study that has reached this kind of conclusion.

In 2018, the same psychologists did a different study that said “trigger warnings increase people’s perceived emotional vulnerability to trauma,” “trigger warnings increase people’s belief that trauma survivors are vulnerable,” and “trigger warnings increase anxiety to written material perceived as harmful.”

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In March, researchers from the City University of New York and the University of Waikoto found that trigger warnings made no difference in how bothered study participants were by troubling images and words, Reason reported.

But trigger warnings have become increasingly popular on college campuses. A 2016 NPR survey found that half of professors have said they used trigger w

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