It’s just a matter of priorities. Do you spend your money on big power boats and mansions and fancy aeroplanes? Or like the Chinese do, who create local “Chinese schools” that meet after school and provide tutoring and racial togetherness.
The racial togetherness aspect is very important. I see the Chinese teenagers in the Norwich area; among lots of diversity, but totally separated from it. Chinese teenagers aren’t miscegenating or hip hopping around the American Dystopia. They are immune to it, like honey badgers in a pit of vipers.
Chinese immigrant parents are the most highly educated in our study. In Los Angeles, more than 60 percent of Chinese immigrant fathers and more than 40 percent of Chinese immigrant mothers have a bachelor’s degree or higher. In turn, their children benefit from their parents’ human and financial capital, giving them a boost in their quest to get ahead.
This boost – which includes resources such as after-school programs, SAT prep courses and tutoring – isn’t limited to the middle class. The children of working-class Chinese parents employed in restaurants and factories benefit from capital and resources that are made widely available to other Chinese Americans.
We can do this for ourselves. We have to give up the neo-Christian-consumerist way of thinking, and imitate this very successful Market Dominant Minority Model. There is no question an element of Buddhism in it — Detachment.
Christianity, Judaism and Islam are dramatic stories; flaming swords and battle cries. This way of thinking is incongruent to modern high tech life.
Buddism is Detachment and cold calculation. We need more of that!
. . . after school programs, SAT prep courses and tutoring
That’s a peek into a whole culture, a whole world of Chinese people who are among us but not of us. They live very differently, and just the fact that they resist miscegenation and degeneration, even imperfectly over the generations, makes me say, they have a superior model that we need to adopt.
It won’t turn us into Chinese people. We won’t lose anything except bad stuff. Amy Chua-ism works for us.