I have a deep appreciation for the ethnic studies courses I was required to take by UCSD/Muir College. As an Asian American, I've realized that much of our community hasn't realized the important steps others had to take in order for us to gain racial equality in the US. Asians just didn't appear out of thin air to become the model minority.
People dread these kinds of requirements but it's essential for every person living in a racially diverse country to take ethnic studies courses--to better understand the make up of our nation and the steps it took to get here. As we appreciate, we'll be conscious of our contexts as we take steps in whatever future endeavors we pursue.
This is in response to this article : Cal State L.A. students, faculty debate ethnic studies requirement.