The Model Minority Myth

Every racial group has challenges when it comes to education. The fact is that not everyone does well in school, but not every race has the pressure to do well because of a stereotype that one must be more successful because he or she fits into a racial classification. The model minority myth classifies Asian Americans to be better off than other minority groups. It sounds like a positive stereotype, but it has negative effects on Asian American students who are pressured to flourish even when they are not doing well.

What we normally see is this:

Both native and foreign born Asian people have earned relatively high amounts of degrees compared to other racial groups. It looks like Asian Americans are doing great in college, but what we fail to see are the many ethnicities under the giant umbrella of “Asian” that are not thriving in education.

According to San Jose State University’s enrollment snapshot, 32,157 people are enrolled in classes for Fall 2016. Of those students, 10,399 identify as Asian or Pacific Islander. SJSU’s has the Division of Student Affairs that “exists to provide student-focused programs and services that support student success” and they have set up initiatives and partnerships in order to do so like Advaning Latino/Latina Achivement and Success (ALAS) and African American College Readniness but that only accounts for 8,788 students. What about the 23,369 other students that make up 73% of our student body?

Being Asian myself from a small ethnic group, I have seen the uneducated people that are hidden under statistics. They grow to remain unreached, uneducated, and poor with no way of getting out.

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