Norm Matloff's Frequently-Accessed Writings
Norman Matloff's Frequently-Accessed Writings
Norm Matloff is a professor of computer science at the University of
California at Davis, and is an active writer on social topics.
Dr. Matloff's interests are mainly in issues involving minorities
and age discrimination, touching on immigration, affirmative action
and Silicon Valley hiring practices. Professor Matloff has been
active in Chinese immigrant communities for over 20 years.
Click here for
immigration Web site. Both sites
feature articles by various authors representing all sides of the
debates on minority issues and immigration.
Here are direct links to some of Norman Matloff's more
frequently-accessed Web documents:
Norm Matloff's report debunking the myth of a
software labor shortage. Pointing out that computer industry firms
typically hire only about 2 percent of their applicants for software
positions, Prof. Matloff notes that a perceived "labor shortage" is
actually a reflection of overly picky hiring policies by shortsighted
employers, resulting in rampant age discrimination in the field. He
argues that the biggest victims of this penny-wise, pound-foolish
approach are the employers themselves. See also Prof. Matloff's
New York Times op-ed piece on this topic.
Dr. Matloff's Public
Interest article on immigration's impact on minorities. This
magazine on public policy, founded 30 years ago by Harvard professor
Nathan Glazer, has run a number of articles on the current debate over
immigration. Among other things, Matloff points out that even many
pro-immigration activists in immigrant communities concede that their
communties suffer adverse impacts from today's large influxes of
Norm Matloff's Los Angeles
Times op-ed piece in support of affirmative action, Here Prof.
Matloff suggests a pragmatic compromise approach to the affirmative
action debate. His ideas have won endorsement from various prominent
activists who normally disagree on this issue, ranging from the
conservative Chinese-American leader Dr. Lester Hsin-Pei Lee to liberals
such as UC Berkeley professor Ling-Chi Wang and Urban League president
Hugh Price. See also his 2000 update to this.
His AsianWeek article in
which Professor Matloff defended Dr. Raymond Luh, an award-winning
Chinese-immigrant engineer who was unfairly fired at the insistence of
NASA. Part of the motivation for Luh's dismissal appears to be racially
His San Francisco Examiner
article in which Dr. Matloff exposed the fact that Rep. Nancy
Pelosi (D-San Francisco) coerced students from China studying in the
U.S. into supporting a bill which they actually opposed. Prof. Matloff
argues that Rep. Pelosi exploited world outrage against China's
repression of the 1989 student demonstrations in Beijing to advance
her own political career.
Dr. Matloff is an appointed member of the Committee for Rational
Relations with China, a group founded by several prominent
Chinese-American Silicon Valley businessmen with the goal of improving
U.S.-China relations. Some of the articles on this site are authored by
Norman Matloff's Chinese software Web
Professor Matloff's congressional testimony on
welfare usage by elderly immigrants, about 50 pages in length. Dr.
Matloff shows how immigrant community political activists have
transformed normally conservative, welfare-averse immigrant seniors into
mass clients of the welfare state. See also a
translated radio transcript of a Chinese-language talk show on this
subject, in which he was a guest, and his article in
Democrat, a publication of the Democratic Leadership Council,
the moderate wing of the Democratic Party founded in 1985.
His Los Angeles Times
article describing how none of the three main tenets of our
immigration policy is working according to their original intents, and
Dr. Matloff's invited
presentation at a Stanford University immigration forum addressing
the common assertions made in support of high levels of immigration.
Prof. Matloff's San
Francisco Chronicle article on race relations. The Chronicle had
asked him to write about tensions between Asians on the one hand and
blacks and Latinos on the other. This produced quite a controversy in
the Chinese-language media. Both the article and Dr. Matloff's comments
are included here. An earlier version of the article appeared in
Various software tutorials written by Norm Matloff
Professor Matloff has long been active in minority issues, and is a
former Chair of the faculty Affirmative Action Committee at UC Davis.
He has been particularly active in Chinese-immigrant communities (thus
the Chinese example in many of his writings on general social issues).
Click here for a summary of his
Software Web pages by Norm Matloff: