Many of the white people who inhabit the Steveosphere insist on bringing Flynn's studies on this issue into the discussion , even when it is likely that these same white people will discredit Flynn's ideas about the closing of the B/W IQ gap and instead bring up studies by people like Rushton and Jensen, who both think that average Asian IQ is higher than white IQ by around 5-7 points and the W/EA gap is largely due to genetics. This shows that a lot people who like HBD aren't interested in the truth, but are only interested in justifying the supremacy of the white race. These people also like to point out that there are more great white thinkers and inventors, as if trying to show that whiteness had something to do with their success, so that they can take partial-credit for belonging to a superior group.
So what do I think causes the over-representation of Asians at the NSMF level and additionally, at elite universities (even with virtual quotas)? I believe it is a combination of hard work and higher average IQ. To make it clear, my evaluation of the evidence has led to me conclude that East Asians score about 1/3 of a standard deviation higher than whites and that the gap is mainly due to genetics …
I am in general agreement with this: about both the higher average IQ of Asians as well as some whites in the “Stevosphere” having racist motivations.
It needs to be pointed out that Asia is a very large place, and saying that all Asians have the same average IQ is like saying Mexicans and Canadians have the same average IQ because they live on the same continent.
Filipinos and other Pacific Islanders would appear have to lower IQs less than the average white. The high IQ Asians are from Japan, China, and Korea. I would guess that Vietnamese are in between. In Malaysia and Singapore which are racially diverse countries, the Chinese dominate the lower-IQ southeastern Asians.
Religion is correlated with low IQ, and it should be noted that southeastern Asians are a lot more religious than the Chinese or the Japanese. Filipinos are heavily into Christianity, and Islam is big in Malaysia. There is a mystery with respect to why Koreans seem to like Christianity, but Japan, the most economically successful Asian country with a large population, is also the least religious Asian country.
Indians are also considered to be “Asian,” yet they are more closely related to white Europeans than they are to the Japanese. India appears to be a below-average-IQ country, but one where the population is so huge that there are millions of Indians with IQs on par or higher than the typical American college graduate, and those are the Indians who mostly immigrate to the United States.
Because all these Asian races are grouped together in U.S. statistical data, the truth is obscured.
There is also the fact that East Asian immigrants in the United States are much harder workers than white Americans. This extends to Japanese living in Japan who are famous for working really long hours. Higher average IQ (for some groups of Asians) combined with a better work ethic results in Asians getting much higher grades in high school and college than white Americans. But this advantage didn’t extend to NYU Law school, where I noticed that Asian surnames were curiously underrepresented in the list of JD students with top 10% grades. I think that a certain type of logical thinking that Asians excel at is actually counterproductive to acing law school essay exams.
It’s not clear to me if the Asian work ethic is cultural, or partly due to a genetically inherited conscientiousness personality factor. I’ve known some lazy American-born Japanese people.