ERIC Number: ED261124
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Apr-2
Reference Count: 0
The Silent Minority: Asian Americans in Education and Work.
Asian Americans are popularly stereotyped as possessing innate characteristics that enable them to achieve excellence in virtually all fields of endeavor. But the reality of contemporary Asian American experiences is more complex, less easily summed up, and not yet thoroughly documented or understood. Current evidence does suggest, however, that Asian Americans (who comprise 1.5 percent of the total United States population) perform more successfully in school than other groups. This does not necessarily mean, however, that Asian American students go on to better jobs and incomes. From preschool to graduate studies, the typical profile of Asian American abilities has been somewhat above average in math tasks, but lower than average in verbal tasks. Several theories have been advanced to explain why Asian Americans concentrate on mathematics and science, but it is clear that they will continue to face difficulties in career development unless they acquire the verbal fluency needed for advancement in any field. According to the 1980 census, the Asian American median family income was higher than that of White families, but the median salary of Asian academicians and of Asian scientists was still lower than that of their White counterparts. Without stronger verbal reasoning and communication skills, it is unlikely that Asian Americans will achieve more equitable salary structures, broadened professional networks, or more frequent invitations to play decisionmaking roles in the academic and professional worlds. (KH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, March 31-April 4, 1985).