The study found that because Asians are not all high-achieving academic wiz-kids, and that the diversity of the Asian communities (we’re not just Japanese, Chinese and Koreans, but also Laotian, Hmong, Cambodian, Indian, Filipino, Vietnamese, and so on) and the range of generations from first-generation immigrants with poor English skills to fourth, fifth or sixth generations of Americans, leads to a reality that’s less modeled and more uneven. Not all Asian Americans go into the top Ivy-League schools, either: a growing number is opting to go to community colleges instead of major universities.
The article quotes CU professor Daryl Maeda, an assistant professor of ethnic studies:
Another part of the â€œmodel minority mythâ€ â€” that Asian-American students should perform well in science, technology, engineering and math fields â€” also can be unfair to students, Maeda said.
â€œSome are great at music or English,â€ Maeda said. â€œAnd if they donâ€™t live up to the model minority myth it puts an extra pressure on them, giving them the idea that they somehow arenâ€™t good enough in their endeavors.â€