ERIC Number: ED462510
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Stereotypes of Asian American Students. ERIC Digest.
Kim, Angela; Yeh, Christine J.
This digest discusses various negative and positive Asian American stereotypes and explores how school practices and individual educators, consciously or unconsciously, may reinforce them. This has important negative social, political, and economic ramifications for Asian Americans. While Asian Americans are often characterized as the "model minority," many have serious psychological and emotional concerns that are not being addressed. High- and low-achieving Asian American students experience anxiety to uphold expectations of the model minority stereotype. Stereotyping has led to neglect in the development of student services and support for many undereducated, low-income Asian American students. The model minority stereotypes attribute educational and economic success to all Asian Americans, ignoring between- and within-group differences of assimilation, social, political, economic, and educational backgrounds. The model minority stereotype that Asian American students are "whiz kids" and immune from behavioral or psychological distresses prevents them from acknowledging academic and emotional problems and seeking help. It is essential to recognize that these students experience school, social, and familial stresses in order to uphold their "model minority" image. Asian American students report having more depressive symptoms and social problems than their White peers and experiencing racial and ethnic discrimination by their peers. (Contains 20 references.) (SM)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Asian American Students, Elementary Secondary Education, Ethnic Stereotypes
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Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Urban Education, New York, NY.