Friday, May 25, 2007

Stanford Impostor

Yet another Korean American has made headlines.

A young woman from my neck of woods faked her way through Stanford masquerading as a student for eight months before her ruse eventually unraveled.

Not only did she manage to fool her parents and high school friends back home into thinking that she matriculated at one of the world's most elite universities, but she also tricked her way into a dorm and lived with a couple of roommates who believed her story and allowed her to squat in their room for months.

I was set out to write a long philosophical essay about overbearing Asian parental pressures which I am sure contributed to this woman's sad life of deception she felt she had to concoct to appease her parents.

Forget it. A three day weekend is upon us, and now is the time for the immature and shallow.

Here is the best part of the story:
Still, Kim had neither a Stanford ID nor a key, forcing her to sneak into meals and enter her room through its window..... Zhou (impostor's roommate) never noticed, as she spent nearly all her nights in her boyfriend’s room.

Speaking of strict Asian parents:  Miss Amy Zhou, you are so busted.


At May 25, 2007 11:48 PM, Blogger Layla (aka Barbara) said...

Yep, she;s busted!!

At May 26, 2007 2:29 PM, Blogger Brotha Buck said...

As you know, I'm all for immature and shallow.

At May 27, 2007 3:14 AM, Blogger Brian Buriff said...

In High School, I faked my way through band. How I got A's, I'll never know. Lots of resourcefulness and sucking up?

At May 29, 2007 8:20 PM, Blogger Just Rannin' Around said...

I just don't understand! It seems like way too much energy to lie. Call me lazy....I will continue telling the truth and having a key to my house.

At May 29, 2007 9:24 PM, Blogger San Nakji said...

She should get an honorary degree for being so clever!

This was big news back in Korea. Can't figure out whether the media was angry or overawed...

At May 29, 2007 9:41 PM, Blogger David Cho said...

Big news in Korea too?

It has been rough for Koreans. NK making nukes, The clone scientist guy faking data, the VT rampage, and now this.

At May 31, 2007 7:16 AM, Blogger Bruce said...

Big deal. I faked my way through college AND grad school.


At May 31, 2007 11:45 AM, Blogger wagamama said...

Wow...pretty crazy. Poor Asians, you can't do anything right in the last few months it seems. :)

At June 01, 2007 8:53 PM, Blogger Oricon Ailin said...

Okay...that is just INSANE!!!

At June 06, 2007 8:48 AM, Blogger Friar Tuck said...

good stuff.

At June 08, 2007 7:55 AM, Blogger Amber said...

I faked my way through HS band - until I was found out and they made me the flag girl.

BTW, it's time for another post from you. Where have you been Mr. Cho?

At June 16, 2007 10:30 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey David,
Where have you been? I read your blog every couple of weeks or so, just to keep current on what's happening behind the Orange curtain..... You may not remember me, but I met you and Noah at a Starbuck's in Monrovia awhile back. I've since moved back to Northern Minnesota and I really enjoy checking in on what's going on back there. Hope you are doing well and just to busy having fun to keep up on your blogging.

At June 16, 2007 12:28 PM, Blogger L-girl said...

I am fascinated by stories like these. Remember Jayson Blair, the journalist who was faking stories, writing for the New York Times?

The people who do stuff like this must have real guts, and brains, and ingenuity, but they use it in such an odd way. I think they must be into the thrill of possibly getting caught, and want to see how far they can take it.

But this woman at Stanford was an amateur. Some people have gone straight through to graduation - some into med school and beyond - all on faked credentials. Wild, eh?

At June 16, 2007 12:29 PM, Blogger L-girl said...

She should get an honorary degree for being so clever!

That's the stuff! :)

PS David, I don't know if you know this, but there's no spam on blogger anymore. If you want, you can turn off word verification with no ill effects.

At June 16, 2007 1:28 PM, Blogger David Cho said...

Yeah, she was an amateur.

I gotta read up on "The Great Impostor." Didn't the guy read books on surgery and ended up performing some successful ones?

The thing is, I have met several people who claimed to have brushes with him as students, co-workers, etc. Are they lying to me?

Turned off word verification. No more spam? I did not know that.

At June 16, 2007 2:50 PM, Blogger David Cho said...

Hey H,

How can I not remember you? Drop me a line sometime (

At June 27, 2007 9:33 PM, Blogger Robbymac said...

There are TONS of Koreans, both staff and students, at our YWAM base here in Canada. I'm privileged to have friends with names like Chul Kyung, Guen Youn, Jin Jong, Kyoung Hee, and Eun Hwa (to name just a few).

Sorry you're getting bad press these days -- I really like my Korean friends (and the Fijians, Tongans, Swiss, Germans, Dutch and Americans, too).


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