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ERIC Number: EJ782045
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 39
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 174
ISSN: ISSN-0034-6543
Complicating the Image of Model Minority Success: A Review of Southeast Asian American Education
Ngo, Bic; Lee, Stacey J.
Review of Educational Research, v77 n4 p415-453 2007
Similar to other Asian American students, Southeast Asian American students are often stereotyped by the popular press as hardworking and high-achieving model minorities. On the other hand, Southeast Asian American youth are also depicted as low-achieving high school dropouts involved in gangs. The realities of academic performance and persistence among Southeast Asian American students are far more complex than either image suggests. This article explores the various explanations for the struggles, successes, and educational experiences of Southeast Asian students. To highlight differences across ethnic groups, we review the literature on each Southeast Asian ethnic group separately and examine the successes and continuing struggles facing first- and second-generation Vietnamese American, Cambodian American, Hmong American, and Lao American students in the United States. (Contains 4 tables and 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Cambodia; Laos; United States; Vietnam