Lan Quoc Nguyen, the Vice-President of Board of the Garden Grove Unified School District, in an interview published on a Vietnamese newspaper proclaimed that other ethnicities are wary of classes with a lot of Asian students in it because they can’t compete.
Nguyen, on the School Board since 2002 (pictured), was escorting Trisha Tran, the newly installed principal of Murdy Elementary on a tour of Vietnamese-language newspapers last week. Tran is not the first Viet school principal in the country, but she is the first Viet school principal in Bolsavikland.
At Nguoi Viet Daily News, where the Bolsavik works, they sat down with one of the paper’s top reporters and had a Q&A, which was then printed verbatim on the paper.
Halfway through talking with Principal Tran, the reporter turned to Nguyen and asked (see online text here):
Q: Some people think that children going to schools with a lot of Vietnamese-American students will not be as good as going to schools of mostly native white students. Is that a misplaced prejudice?
Lan Quoc Nguyen: My experience shows that that thought is not correct. The proof is, students from other ethnicities really [fear and respect] / [revere and respect] Asian students, including Vietnamese students; and they think that in a class with too many Asian students they won’t be able to compete….
Now, this is not the first time the Bolsavik has heard this kind of talk. Mostly from Asian parents, though - the Bolsavik hasn’t heard this from a non-Asian, or from an Asian student. Just the Asian parents.
But this must be the first time a School Board official openly says this.
Wonder if this is true, or to what extent….