The Asian American Dream

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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 …show more content…
So, to assume that all Asian Americans are successful is completely incorrect, especially when Asian Americans are perhaps one of the most diverse ethnic groups in America. The large vastness of Asian descent in America is as broad as the Asian continent. They have roots from various countries such as Korea, Vietnam, Laos, Thailand, China, Japan, India, Cambodia, Pacific Islanders, and more (Singh, 2009). It is common to see that East Asian American students have higher test scores, GPAs, or SAT scores (Singh, 2009) but what is left out is that there is plethora of different ethnic groups that stand under that label. Usually forgotten is that not all Asian Americans are the same. For example, statistics show in C.N. Le’s article that “for every Chinese American or South Asian who has a college degree, the same numbers of Southeast Asians are still struggling to adapt to their lives in the U.S.” (20016, p.1). This proves that there is a divide within the Asian Americans, as in within the Asian American category each Asian group are different to one another. In addition, C.N. Le shares that “Vietnamese Americans only have a college degree attainment rate of 16% only about one-quarter the rate for other Asian American ethnic groups like Laotians, Cambodians only have rates around 5%” (p.2). This statistics shows that there is a …show more content…
Stereotype threat is when people are conformed to their stereotype of what their social group is made of (Mckay, 2015). The stereotype threat that Asian Americans have are mostly positive that Asian Americans are smart, all are intelligent, and successful in their college admissions. Not all Asian Americans can fulfill this academic stereotype image because of the different financial and cultural backgrounds they come from.

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