Hmmmah. By this time I'm going to assume that almost everyone has heard of the situation surrounding her Standford escapade. So, what remains now will be the flurry of news stories, comments, blog posts, etc. discussing her, discussing Standford, discussing her friends, discussing our high school, and hopefully someone somewhere will take the initiative to look at the socio-economic factors and consequences surrounding this. Now, I'd like to point for those keeping score, that this is the second alumni from Troy that's been in the news this year (Karishma's death, being the first).
All right then. The information out right now, thank you Standford newspaper, is somewhat biased and I believe most of the news stories circulating have used that paper as a source, which of course had a certain taint to it. There isn't sufficient data. I will say this, we all should all refrain from doing the "check her mental stability" and "zomg asian parents" as well as the "lawlz, let's let her into Standford" and "Amy Zhou is oversexed loool!1" cart wagons until we get her story directly from Azia. We have no concrete idea to the motives behind this, and thus we shouldn't have any firm comments based on the speculation flying around. If anyone wants to take a look at the flurry of discussion, I invite you to check out Standford's article http://daily.stanford.edu/article/2007/5/24/imposterCaught
and take careful look at the variety of comments. As you can see, lots of people jumping to conclusions, some people from /b/ on 4chan, people from Berkeley of all places, Ivy Leaguers, parents, fellow students, friends, enemies, random anonymous. From a completely observational point of view, there's a lot of great data to be gained from watching how the various parties respond to each other.
I do believe she needs to pay for the unauthorized trespassing charge, since well, no matter what, she did trespass. I can see someone already bothered to mention that Azia will now be marked in history for this and that her life, depending how this situation is handled, will undoubtedly be in the hands of outside forces.
The one thing I can almost guarantee is that this appears to be the product of Asian Parents, and social attitudes concerning the Model Minority.<sarcasm>And to top it off, I'd to congratulate those of you on Facebook and Wikipedia who were so quick to start spreading her name on the internet.</sarcasm>
EDIT: Actually, the Wiki entry seems to have been deleted.
EDIT: Also, Stanford seems to have covered up a letter written by a Standford student. Reprinted below along with a blogger's comment:
Dear Ms. Azia Kim . . .
I tip my hat to you. Many of us actual Stanford students read your story in awed delight yesterday, but I for one saw through the carefully orchestrated deceit to the underlying genius of your plan. You are an American heroine for managing to pull a fast one on so many of us who considered ourselves the best and the brightest. Turning lemons into lemonade — or rather, I should say, a free college education — is no easy feat, but you, Ms. Azia Kim are a mastermind, deserving to be ranked up there with Frank Abagnale and D.B. Cooper as one of the greatest con artists of the 20th century.
The only drawbacks to your plan were the potential ramifications for your roommate from Okada — her parents just found out that their daughter was sleeping with her boyfriend so much that she practically wasn’t even in the room they were paying for. Oy. I know my parents would kill me. I can’t even imagine what hers will do to her.