Asian Americans lose as California schools pursue Chinese students

Funding for University of California schools has been slashed in recent years, and UC schools are looking to students to make up the difference. This means cutting spots reserved for California students in favor of out-of-state or international students, who pay full tuition.

The University of California, San Diego, for example, will be accepting 500 fewer in-state students this year. Some of these slots will be filled by students from China. The number of Chinese students at UCSD increased 12-fold from 2009 to 2011 to almost 200, while the number of Asian-American Californians enrolled fell 29 percent to 1,230. UC San Diego tuition is $13,234 for California residents and $22,878 for non-residents.

Although an American education is expensive, students return to China with a prestigious degree and a broadened outlook. American universities in turn get a welcome injection in funds, at the expense of tax-paying residents.


  • Anonymous

    subsidize the tuition of foreign students at UC Berkeley (UCB) in the name of
    diversity while instate student tuition/fees are doubled. UCB Chancellor Robert
    J Birgeneau replaces Californians qualified for public UCB with a $50,600
    payment from foreign students.


    is not increasing enrollment. Birgeneau accepts $50,600 foreign students and
    displaces qualified instate Californians (When depreciation of assets funded by
    Californians are in foreign and out of state tuition calculations, out of state
    and foreign tuition is more than $100,000 + 
    and does NOT subsidize instate tuition).

    Like Coaches, Chancellors Who Do Not Measure Up Must Go: remove Birgeneau.


    recently, the campus police that report to Chancellor Birgeneau deployed
    violent baton jabs on students protesting Birgeneau’s tuition increases. The
    sky will not fall when Birgeneau and his $450,000 salary are ousted.


    make a difference; email UC Board of Regents

  • richard wills

    I agree with you Martin. My nephew Russell
    went to Taiwan to teach English and study Buddhism.
    He said Taiwan was a fantastic experience.

    He even tried the stinky tofu! At least once.

  • Martin

    I would be angry if I were an Asian American but what gets me angry here and now is that Taiwan isn’t trying to attract more Chinese students here.  Consider the facts 1) Students from mainland China would be able to speak Chinese 2) For students whose English skills are poor, coming to Taiwan would be better than going to the U.S. and not being able to understand the lectures 3) Students could pay a fraction of the tuition required by American universities and it would still be a good deal for Taiwan 4) The birth rate in Taiwan is the lowest anywhere in the world.  How long will it be before universities have to accept students from the mainland in order to stay in business?  5) Many colleges in Taiwan have recently become universities and have had to introduce new programs as a result but they don’t have enough students and may have to close those programs and fire the teachers!  Can you understand why I might be concerned about that?