What Not To Ask At a Dinner Party

10 Mar 2017

What Not To Ask At a Dinner Party

Why are Asians Less Creative
Part 1

By Dr DH Kim


This is summary from the book, The Creativity Challenge: How We Can Recapture American Innovation, a work by Dr Kim KH, a professor of Creativity & Innovation at the College of William & Mary. Do note that Dr Kim’s concept of Asians seem to be limited to Orientals, a vastly limited view, but necessary in setting a clear premise for comparison. Also, under the UN Geoscheme, Jews, originating from Israel, are considered Asians (under the Western Asia region).

- Synopsis -

Dr Kim’s research shows that a Jewish person is over 625 times more likely to win a Nobel Prize than an Asian person. Why? Is it related to their IQs? Is it because they are raised differently? Shouldn’t the notoriously academic standards of Asian culture produce a greater number of innovators?


What is creativity?

Dr Kim opines that such ingenuity is the process of making something unique and useful, and the successful result of this process is innovation. The Nobel Prize is symbolic of innovative achievement. Jewish people constitute less than 0.2% of the world population, yet about 23% of Nobel Prize winners – including a recent Nobel Prize winner, Bob Dylan – have at least one parent who identifies as Jewish.

In contrast, Asian people constitute about 23% of the world population, but only about 4% have won the Nobel Prize. Considering population size, the ratio of Jewish Nobel Prize winners is over 115, but the ratio of Asian people is less than 0.2.

Statistically speaking, a Jewish person is more than 625 times more likely to win a Nobel Prize than an Asian person. In fact, Jewish people are well-represented in all innovative achievements. For example, they make up some of greatest musicians of the 20th century: over 25% of the conductors, 40% of the pianists, 50% of the cellists, and 65% of the violinists.


#End of Part I#

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