We're Not Your Model Minority: Asian American Education Groups Dispute Pew Report

Pew's report reinforces the stereotype that AAPI students are universally high achieving and on track for college.

It should be common sense that Asian American and Pacific Islander students are not universally high achieving and on the college track. But, thanks to the "model minority" stereotype—the myth that all Asians are highly educated and financially successful—the academic challenges that AAPI students face are frequently ignored. AAPI students encounter teachers who believe they're intrinsically smart, and any extra help they need will come from their parents—who are, of course, penning the sequel to Amy Chua's controversial Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother book. Well, according to several AAPI higher education organizations, the latest report from the Pew Research Center, The Rise of the Asian Americans, only serves to reinforce those damaging stereotypes.

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