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I am currently an international undergrad at UCLA, studying math. I was born in South Korea, was there until I was 12, and has been living in the U.S. for almost 8 years. I am currently thinking of going to graduate school and becoming a university professor after that.
My dad thinks that there must be some unforeseen and implicit racial/ethnic/national discrimination against Asians in U.S. higher learning and that I must therefore invariably be more studious in learning.
However, today is 2018, America is more diverse than ever, every university (it seems) have non-discrimination policy, and collge faculty hirers are in general (I think, at least) educated people. Also, based on my interactions, no one in UCLA seems to be biased against racial minorities/different nationalities. So I am thinking (based on my opinion) that there wouldn’t be much national/racial discrimination on graduate school admissions and in university faculty hiring, especially as my major is math, which is one of the objective academic discipline. I also plan to do a career with pure math and not on industrial/applied math.
Also, I am perfectly fluent in English and can communicate perfectly like a native except for a slight accent (which does not affect my communications at all). I am also very aquainted with American culture.
Of course, I know that there still must be some implicit national/racial diacrimination in job hiring process in non-academic sectors (e.g. companies/restaurants) despite there being laws against it. But since universities are places were nondiscrimination is highly encouraged and there are lots of international scholars, I think my dad’s claim is highly exaggerated.
I believe that my current status as a citizen of South Korea, which is a close ally with U.S., shouldn’t negatively affect my image in graduate school admission/university faculty job hiring.
I found some articles like this one but I think this is an exception to a general rule:
Long story short:
Is there national/racial discrimination against South Koreans (and/or Asians in general) in graduate school admissions and in university faculty hiring/promotion in math (and/or Physical Sciences in general)? I am asking for anything in the United States (i.e., no answer needed for other countries). “Discrimination” for scholarship doesn’t count, nor does undergraduate admissions. I am looking specifically for an answer about math department or physical sciences. If you are someone working for graduate school admissions/faculty hiring/promotion, please provide a general perception of whether, and if so how much, there is discrimination in place. A general perception is preferred answer rather than specific instances, though that too is good. If you are in the admission/hiring process and haven’t found any discrimination, please say so as well. Also, lack of communication skills frequently attributed to international scholars doesn’t count as racial/national discrimination in my question, though many Asians may be disadvantaged by it.
EDIT: In reply to the replies below, I am well aware that any sort of unjust racial/national discrimination is prohibited whatsoever in the United States, and I am well aware that the mainstream media and the general consensus of the people is that any sort of unjust discrimination is absolutely bad. I’ve attended an American high school and watched tons of American news and TV, people! However, I am merely asking a professional view (that is not speculative, i.e. someone who’s been working in the area for many years) to what extent some people’s implicit biases against Asians seems to negatively impact grad admission/prof hiring. Of course, having been in U.S. I know that no one is stupid enough to say “we’re gonna hire this white guy over this equally qualified Asian guy just because of race” unless he is an urgent racist.