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Maclean's "Too Asian" controversy is a controversy around an article published by Maclean's in Initially titled "Too Asian: Some frosh don't want to study at an Asian university", later re-titled with an added question mark "Too Asian? The article begins by introducing Alexandra and Rachel, two recently graduated white students from Havergal Collegean elite all-girl 's private school located in Toronto.
Kohler and Findlay explain that these students made a choice that is common among North America 's white youth: opting not to attend a university with the reputation of being "too Asian". The term, Kohler and Findlay continue to explain, indicates a university that is intellectually rigorous with an unbalanced campus social climate, brought upon by the presence of academically focused Asian students. Many critics argued that the article's subsequent attempts to provide a debate about the role of race on Canadian university campusesand the "over-representation" of Asian students on elite university campuses, was highly offensive: it framed "Asian" students as single-minded and socially inept hard-workers, spurred by their tradition and culture, while "white" students are more concerned with the social aspect of universities, such as drinking and partying.
Many critiques also took issue with the article's conflation of " Asian " with Chinesequoting a of Chinese students in their article, while never addressing how "Asian" itself is a category that subsumes many different ethnic groups. Moreover, no distinction between international students and Canadian-born "Asians" was made an important distinction that was completely disregarded in the survey.
Critics were also shocked by the article's reference to debates in American universities regarding the initiation of race-based quotas to "balance" their campuses because of the over-representation of Asian students. Response to the article was immediate, widespread and disfavourable.
The article was criticized for recalling stereotypes of Asians as unbalanced foreigners, with the aim of overthrowing white Canadians from power.
Further criticism followed from the fact that the article depicted Asians as a homogeneous group, without attention to the fact that people from various groups can be classified as "Asian". Coupled with the critiques of the piece was activism and action from grassrootsacademic, governmental, university, and youth sectors. The activism protesting the piece manifested in a of different forms, ranging from humorous but critical videos,  to community web s  and gatherings. A coalition of over one hundred organizations composed and submitted an open letter calling for an end to anti-Asian racism for those responsible for the piece.
The cities of Victoria Vancouver Toronto Markham and Richmond Hill  successively passed motions condemning the article and calling for those responsible for the article to issue a public apology. Olivia Chowa Member of Parliament and member of the New Democratic Partyput forth a motion in the House of Commons of Canada calling for the censure of Maclean'sarguing that the article "is offensive, divisive and suggests that Canadian students of Asian heritage may be limiting opportunities for non-Asian students at certain universities".
No apology has been offered by either Maclean's or Rogers Communications.
Negotiations between Maclean's and Rogers Communications, and the Chinese Canadian National Council and the Chinese Canadian National Council Toronto Chapter were held, but those failed to yield an apology, as the magazine refused to acknowledge that the article was offensive. Maclean's stated that they do not advocate race as a criterion in university admissions, and commended Asians in Canada for succeeding in universities on the basis of merit. Heer further noted that those who argued in favor of the article evaded acknowledging that it was evocative of racist stereotypes.
Kenneth Whytethen publisher of Maclean'shas since been promoted as the Head of Rogers' Publications. Susan R. Grosbeck, the Principal of Havergal Collegepublicly stated that Maclean's never confirmed that Alexandra and Rachel actually attended the school. To commemorate the year of activism that resulted from the article's publication, an event organized by the Solidarity Committee Against Anti-Asian Racism was held at the University of Toronto on November 17, Retrieved Archived from the original on Macleans OnCampus.
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