• Today let's look at some of the arguments against it.
  • Yesterday, I outlined the difficulty of fighting it.
  • Or does the progress expose the limits of g?

It's time to prepare for the possibility that equality of intelligence, in the sense of racial averages on tests, will turn out not to be true.

On each of these measures, East Asians lag whites and blacks.

Kids of different backgrounds find the same questions easy or hard.

They could insist on the Bible's literal truth and deny the facts, as Bryan did.
Clothes also tell a tale. Maggie Q fought some battles over her costumes in the early days of “Nikita,” and she has spent progressively more time in plain, covered-up (though still closefitting) workout-style ensembles and less in skimpy red dresses. Ms. Liu’s outfits, mostly chosen by the costume designer Rebecca Hofherr, have attracted a following of their own. The majority opinion seems to be that they reflect Watson’s quirky but confident style. To my eye, they have a clever awfulness, making Ms. Liu look good while signaling that perhaps she doesn’t spend as much time as she could in front of a mirror.

It's in data that show shrinkage of the black-white IQ gap over time.

The more black and white scores differ on a test, the more performance on that test correlates with head size and "g," a measure of the test's emphasis on general intelligence.


I don't see closure of the racial IQ gap to single digits.

Knowing that other Asian women suffer from the same pressures has helped many of the women overcome their eating disorders. Removing a feeling of isolated suffering is why Chen and Lee encourage Asian women to share their experiences on Thick Dumpling Skin. "So many women feel like they're alone in this. It's a sad fact that many Asian families aren't that supportive, and so much of the first step of recovery is the feeling that you aren't alone," says Chen.

In both cases, though, the actresses and their writers have avoided or transcended easy stereotypes. A lot of effort has gone into humanizing Nikita, and making her a sisterly or even maternal figure for the younger assassin Alex (Lyndsy Fonseca), and the emphasis on violent action has decreased over the show’s run. In “Elementary,” Watson has embraced her role as apprentice detective after suffering a catastrophic failure as a doctor, taking some of the shine off her super-competence. And unlike other characters in the same mold, she appears to have a normal, nonneurotic romantic life.

If you don't accept IQ, pick some other measure of intelligence.

All the women I spoke to agreed that their Asian identity affects their relationship with food and body image. Chang tells me that since weight was always discussed in her family, she didn't think her eating attitudes were extreme. " I started to become obsessive. I was always thinking about my next meal and I always wanted to eat alone. I realized that there was something very wrong with how I approached food," she says of her personal decision to seek treatment.

But that doesn't make other kinds of progress meaningless.

Even critics of racial IQ genetics accept the idea that through natural selection, environmental differences may have caused abilities such as distance running to become more common in some populations than in others.

The economics may not pay off, but what about human rights?

"In the stories our readers have shared, some of them say, 'how can I recover if when I talk to my parents about it, they don't see it as a real problem?'" explains Lee of the ignorance toward eating disorders in the Asian community. Mental illness is considered a personal weakness, and ."Getting professional help through a therapist is seen as strange and construed as a sign of weakness," affirms Chen. "The unwillingness to admit that it's a problem is why it's a problem."

Primarily, repetition of theme , and over-learnedness

Even Maggie Q and Ms. Liu haven’t completely escaped those archetypes. Both are playing the latest iterations of durable characters traditionally inhabited by white performers, so it would seem that race shouldn’t have any particular bearing. But the truth is that they resonate with two of the most common sets of images — or clichés — about Asian women: the high-achieving, socially awkward Dr. Joan Watson is a refined example of the sexy nerd, and the lethal, sometimes icy Nikita, able to dispense violence while wearing tight, microscopic outfits, evokes a long line of dragon ladies and ninja killers.