I've been reading around and it seems that Asian Americans are not considered URM's at top ranked schools. That being said, I do think that I have reason to include a diversity statement, but I was wondering if it would be OK or even appropriate to mention that I am a Korean adoptee. Not only that, but I was adopted into a low income household in Arkansas.Now, Arkansas probably isn't as bad as some places, but there have definitely been some hard times down here. Honestly, I was the only Asian guy in my entire city, and even though I grew up here people still stare at me every time I walk into a store or a restaurant. It's more than a little grating.In any case, I was wondering if this could factor into my admission at all.Any opinions?
This makes for a FANTASTIC DS. I realize most people here have no concept of the Korean adoption to white parents thing, but I met a few people with somewhat similar backgrounds while I was in Korea and their experiences were really not the same as either typical european or asian americans.I think you should definitely write the DS, you have a LOT more to say here than most.