The topic of race itself is controversial. Allow me to begin by stating that I do not believe that success in life is determined by “racial” traits, such as hair or skin color. There is zero evidence to suggest that’s true. On the contrary, I do believe success in life is influenced and aided by a person’s culture and cultural background. That’s the premise of my argument and I hope to submit it for your approval (or disapproval).
Statistically, people living in Asia do better on IQ tests (on average) than people living the US or Europe. But that high IQ average isn’t due to a special gene only found in Asian people, it’s due to Asian culture, which puts a severe stress on academic success that we don’t have here in the West. The culture in Asia expects people to always do well in studies, and surprise, that’s what happens. So, it’s culture, not race traits, that is the significant determining factor.
I have extended family with an Irish heritage (I’m Welsh/Irish on my mothers side, German/Spanish on my fathers side). Irish culture is celebrated, but it lacks a determination to be studious and to be successful in math and science. The exact same can be said for “black culture” here in the US (Irish culture is comparable to black culture). It does not have severe demands and expectations of success in school and business. Both Irish and black culture deals with a lot of poverty and they have similar problems. But the Chinese have poverty also, the difference is their cultural mentality.
In China, the culture is helping the Chinese rise to become a world-power. We should be gearing our culture towards success in science, tech, engineering, and math (STEM).
This isn’t mysterious, it’s obvious, if you think about it. We should stop pointing fingers at race and start pointing at culture.