Mira Hu bucks the trend and says “fuck it.”


Quite frankly, I’m surprised this sort of thing doesn’t happen more frequently in the studious, academically ambitious Chinese neighborhoods of the San Gabriel Valley.


Mira Hu, a 16-year-old student from Arcadia High School **(self-correction: the test was administered at Arcadia High School, but Hu was a student at San Marino High School)**, mired in the end-of-the-school-year academic drama of embarking upon her entrance into the cutthroat world of the Education-Industrial Complex, appears to have cracked and bailed on her SAT exam yesterday. In the realm and parlance of Tiger Mothered conformity and devotion to a materialist, peer-driven status paradigm, Mira’s act is unconscionable and will surely result in a load of ancient Chinese whoop ass once she surfaces.


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Authorities on Sunday asked for the public’s help in finding a 16-year-old girl who was reported missing after taking the SAT in the San Gabriel Valley.

After she disappeared Saturday, Mira Hu sent a message to her brother “indicating that she was running away because she was overwhelmed by school and the exam,” the Arcadia Police Department said in a news release.

Mira was dropped off about 7:30 a.m. at Arcadia High School, where she was scheduled to take the college-entrance exam, the release said.

Her parents arrived at the campus to pick her up after the test was administered but were unable to find her. The San Marino High School student sent the message to her brother a short time later, according to police.

Preliminary information indicated Mira may be traveling to central or northern California, investigators said.

She is described as Chinese, 5 feet 3 inches tall, 95 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a black jacket, black jeans, and carrying a large navy-blue backpack.

Anyone with information about the girl’s whereabouts is asked to call their local law-enforcement agency or the Arcadia Police Department at 626-574-5121.


It’s a testament to Chinese diligence and groupthink that Mira’s case is the exception, not the rule.


The pressure these children endure as a result of their parent’s dictatorial consternation and unqualified expectations to excel in school and career, in order to fulfill this alien concept of social positioning, baffles the mind.


In some less publicized cases this pressure can take on a tragic mortal note, as was the case with my parent’s Chinese neighbors when their son, who was attending UC Berkeley, killed himself a couple of years ago.