Since the publication of an op-ed in the joke issue of The Daily Princetonian last week, many readers have raised important concerns about the op-ed itself and the experience of racial and ethnic minorities on campus.
As leaders of the Asian-American Student Association and The Daily Princetonian, we are both frustrated that this episode has led some to believe that Princeton is an unwelcoming place for Asian-American students. This impression is not validated by our own experiences as Princeton students.
We understand that the Asian authors of the op-ed hoped to satirize harmful stereotypes of their community. This intent, however, was unclear, and we deeply regret that this lapse in judgment caused some readers pain. We recognize that the race of the authors does not lessen the op-ed's impact.
We are grateful that people both inside and outside the University community have spoken up about their concerns. Using this event as a catalyst, we are taking the opportunity to foster productive dialogue on campus about issues of race.
To that end, we are co-sponsoring a forum after intersession for all community members to share their opinions. The 'Prince' will also renew its commitment to telling the stories of minorities on campus. Moreover, students, alumni and community members are encouraged — as always — to contribute their views to the paper's opinion page.
Together AASA and the 'Prince' seek to move the conversation forward.
Katherine Chiang '08 and Justine Shum '08 On behalf of the Asian-American Students Association.
Chanakya Sethi '07, Neir Eshel '07 and Anna Huang '07 On behalf of The Daily Princetonian 130th Managing Board.