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The Chinese in America by Iris Chang
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Dec 21, 2010

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Read from December 21, 2010 to January 28, 2011

"Traditionally, the best students in CA had viewed Berkeley and other UC schools as safety nets in case they were rejected by more prestigious universities such as Stanford, Cal Tech, MIT, and the Ivy League schools. For years, the only requirement for admission to Berkeley or UCLA was graduation within the top 12.5 percent of one's high school class. Given the high concentration of Chinese and other Asian Americans on the West Coast, their numbers soared, within the Univ. of CA system. Between 1966 and 1980, for example, the percentage of Asian American undergraduates at Berkeley had quadrupled from about 5 percent to 20 percent of the students. According to the New York Times in 1981, Berkeley officials fully expected 40 percent of the entering freshman class to be Asian American by 1990. But suddenly, in the mid-1980s, the pattern reversed and the numbers abruptly dropped" (330-331).
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12/26/2010 page 100
20.0% ""The combined value of Chinese labor on the railroads and tule swamps, two projects essential to California's growth, ran in the hundreds of millions""
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