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    Before i start, all stupid people read the following. All clever folk move on to the second paragraph. IT IS NOT RASCIST TO COMMENT ON OBSERVATIONS?YEH??

    Is it just at my school, or do 99% of asians want to do medecin or be a lawyer..

    I suspect the metaphorical whip from pushy parents...
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    Huge generalisation...

    ...Besides; Indians tend to achieve more highly academically (one of the only ethnic minorities to achieve higher than Whites in education) than Whites, so perhaps are more likey to wish to be a doctor or a lawyer... this could be for the reason you set, it could be for aspiratins due to being a minority, it could be a wish to do a job where many of their own kind where racism will not be encountered (an attraction of the medical profession) or whatever. Saying there is a whip from pushy parents is far too much a generalisation: at my school with a very high % of all sorts of ethnic minorities; whilst many Asians have had the whip from pushy parents; this applies equally to White people... but what I do know is they try harder at their work often.
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    yep, it's a generalisation, but it is one that seems to pretty much apply in my learning centre (school)
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    (Original post by Potjaz)
    Before i start, all stupid people read the following. All clever folk move on to the second paragraph. IT IS NOT RASCIST TO COMMENT ON OBSERVATIONS?YEH??

    Is it just at my school, or do 99% of asians want to do medecin or be a lawyer..

    I suspect the metaphorical whip from pushy parents...
    same here
    most asians want 2 do medicine- i think its probably parent pressure, cos they make out that being a Dr is a good job. but other jobs are equally good
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    I'm asian and I want to be neither a doctor or a lawyer, I want an international pop career (no im joking ) But I can see where you could come up with such a generalisation, however, it is just that - a generalisation. My parents are very lenient and although they stress for me to do well, they have never told me which profession to go into. And anyway I thought Asian people study business, even when their not very good at it :/ O well !!
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    Yeah, asians want their kids to have "bright" future, I understand..
    I wanna be an accountant lol (like anywayone cares) hehe
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    Unfortunately, it is true in many many cases. And normally because of parental persuasion/tradition.
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    lmao.

    erm, no. not ALL asians want to become doctors/lawyers.
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    I agree with your observation that a high percentage of Asians choose to pursue medicine or law as a career but I am not entirely in agreement with the reason you outlined. While a considerable proportion of young asians are unfortunately encouraged into becoming a doctor or lawyer, many choose these disciplines as they have been subconsciously immersed in them since they were small. For many, it is a natural decision to choose medicine, as they were taught that a doctor is well-respected in society (more so than a lawyer for sure).

    I also agree with a comment already made on this thread. Those of asian parentage generally have a better work ethic than any other racial groups. It is generally recognised that the original immigrants who came here from Asia had to work very hard to establish themselves and to succeed in society. This trend has continued as the second and third generation of British-Asians have emerged, albeit to a lesser extent maybe. I am of welsh and indian parentage and have been to India on a few occasions and was startled by how diligent the youths are there. It's extremely competitive and I think they actually enjoy working too! It's a mad world.
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    (Original post by Potjaz)
    Before i start, all stupid people read the following. All clever folk move on to the second paragraph. IT IS NOT RASCIST TO COMMENT ON OBSERVATIONS?YEH??

    Is it just at my school, or do 99% of asians want to do medecin or be a lawyer..

    I suspect the metaphorical whip from pushy parents...

    SO very true.. im asian! And my sis just qualified as a doctor..

    My mum's words..."Anneka..i have given u the choice..its either a doctor or a lawyer"... I picked the latter coz im scared of blood!
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    and I think they actually enjoy working too!

    gud analysis though the quote above is not true... they have to work harder because as the citizens of a developing country, it is a necessity for them if they want to compete in a world where unfair trade rules are set out by developed nations like the UK...

    also i'm outraged by ppl here who think there r no asians in any other fields... just name one right? bet u wont be able to
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    I think this is because most asian kids living in the UK have one/both parent who is a doctor.
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    (Original post by Adhsur)
    Unfortunately, it is true in many many cases. And normally because of parental persuasion/tradition.
    Why is it unfortunate that they want to go into medicine?

    It basically just their culture, and we really shouldn't be judging them. They gernally work harder and achieve higher acadiemically. I know there are few stories of some students being pushed so hard they want to/have commit suicide, but that is very few.

    I wasn't really sure why you put it was unforutunate and in what sense, is it unfortunate we have Asian doctors or unforutnate that they may be being pushed into it?
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    (Original post by midzt)
    Why is it unfortunate that they want to go into medicine?

    It basically just their culture, and we really shouldn't be judging them. They gernally work harder and achieve higher acadiemically. I know there are few stories of some students being pushed so hard they want to/have commit suicide, but that is very few.

    I wasn't really sure why you put it was unforutunate and in what sense, is it unfortunate we have Asian doctors or unforutnate that they may be being pushed into it?
    i think its very unfortunate that they are pushed into it.. without a desire, will they actually make a good doctor?
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    The reason I personally want to try for medicine is because I excel at Sciences(never been pushed in that direction by my parents) and, even though it sounds cheesy I think being a doctor is one of the most worthwhile jobs you can do which includes science, specifically chemistry/biology.

    However, at my college, there are a few asians (Indian, Pakistani, Bangledeshi etc) that want to do medicine but really haven't thought it through, they don't have the minimum requirements in terms of grades but still choose that path is for them. I suspect these people are going in that general direction because of pressure at home.

    The reason asian parents push their children into careers like law/medicine is because (as Oliver stated) they're high, prestigous postions in society. Generally speaking when first generation asians arrived in the UK they were treated like crap initially, had no chance of a proper education and had to work from the bottom up. They don't want the same for their children so they push them to do better and take the oppurtunities that they didn't get.
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    (Original post by impetus)
    gud analysis though the quote above is not true... they have to work harder because as the citizens of a developing country, it is a necessity for them if they want to compete in a world where unfair trade rules are set out by developed nations like the UK...

    also i'm outraged by ppl here who think there r no asians in any other fields... just name one right? bet u wont be able to
    I respect your view but to be honest, I think the UK's trade regulations are irrelevant to what is being discussed. My observation of asians in India was that they strive to achieve better academically because the education system is perhaps organised a little better there. Furthermore, there is a noticeable difference in the importance that young asians assign to education there. For example, it is unlikely that an asian living in India is going to place clubbing and playing football in the park as a priority over doing their homework. This is simply down to the contrasting society out there and its influence on the youth.

    I doubt that many indian teenagers work rigorously with the sole intention of succeeding so that they may overcome 'unfair trade rules' set out by the UK. It is more likely that they are striving to achieve their aspirations because they want social and financial security.
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    (Original post by w8wizz)
    I think this is because most asian kids living in the UK have one/both parent who is a doctor.
    yeah i think that is true. my dad is a doctor. and since i grew up in india my dad had this whole circle of doctor friends so i had friends who were like this brainy kind and we always had competitions on who gets higher marks and every1 wanted to become doctor. so, yeah, i think that greatly affects your way of thinking.
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    (Original post by fairygirl21)
    lmao.

    erm, no. not ALL asians want to become doctors/lawyers.
    yeh, that's kinda why i didn't say "all"...
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    I am asian, and my dad is a doctor too. I am not pushed to do medicine, I dont want to do it
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    I would just like to clarify that me applying for and getting into medical school was my choice, and not my parents', despite me being of Asian origin. I do agree that in some cases, parents play a HUGE part in "helping their kids decide" what to do at uni.
 
 
 
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