Asian Americans Educational Attainment And Success Essay

745 Words May 12th, 2016 3 Pages
In many ways, Asian Americans have accomplished gaining the “American Dream” of getting a higher education, working a great job and financially over achieving. Therefore, Asian Americans are labeled as the model minority, a diligent and hardworking group that other minorities should follow (Le, 2011, p.13). Model minority is defined as a minority group of people who are expected to accomplish a higher degree of socioeconomic success than the average economic status (Wiki, 2016, p.9). But in reality, after the Latinos and Blacks, Asian Americans are the most likely to have highest high school dropout rates and are less likely to have access to higher education than other groups (Le, 2011, p. 4). Because of this model minority label Asian Americans are viewed as successful in higher education and as not affected by educational inequalities. This research paper will focus on the issue of how Asian Americans educational attainment and success is exaggerated because of the model minority labeling. We will see the historical implications to this model minority myth and how it leads to stereotype threat. Furthermore, this paper will clearly show one way to overcome the model minority myth and help Asian Americans pursue higher education: Summer Bridge program. The Summer Bridge program will help bridge Asian American high school students who are underprivileged to get into college. The primary purpose to this program is to bring awareness through counseling, outreach, and…

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