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ERIC Number: EJ795838
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
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ISSN: ISSN-1054-8289
Southeast Asian American Children: Not the "Model Minority"
Yang, KaYing
Future of Children, v14 n2 p127-133 Sum 2004
Although an impressive number of Americans whose ancestors are from Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam ("Southeast Asian Americans") have achieved tremendous success in education, a disproportionate number have found it difficult to succeed academically. Yet their difficulties are largely invisible to policymakers, who tend to look only to the aggregate data on Asian Americans--data that suggest that, as one large undifferentiated group, Asian Americans are doing quite well. They are considered to be doing so well, in fact, that they are called the "model minority." In this article, the author discusses the problems of Southeast Asian American students: (1) limited English skills; (2) systematic miscommunication between students, parents, and teachers; (3) discrimination; and (4) widespread feelings of alienation from mainstream schools. Policymakers, educators, and community leaders must recognize that Southeast Asian Americans are not part of some fictional "model minority" that succeeds easily in the United States. At the same time, most Southeast Asian Americans, like most other Americans, have deep respect for academic pursuits, and they seek educational advancement with all of the resources available to them. By supporting their commitment and enthusiasm in relatively modest ways, the educational trajectories of Southeast Asian American children could be significantly improved. (Contains 2 figures and 25 endnotes.)
Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and The Brookings Institution. 267 Wallace Hall, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ 08544. Tel: 609-258-6979; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Asia; Cambodia; Laos; Vietnam