March 2, 2017
Confronting the Asian Model Minority Stereotype in STEM: Unheard Stories of Asian Students in American Schools
Students of Asian descent are often portrayed as a model minority, in particular in STEM-related school subjects, college majors, and workforce. Indeed, national data show that Asians as a whole are over-represented in STEM fields. However, the sweeping notion of Asians’ success in STEM fails to acknowledge discrepancies between different groups of Asian students (e.g., East Asians vs. Southeast Asians, gender, socioeconomic status, years of living in the U.S.), microaggressions and marginalization that Asian students experience in various learning settings, and struggles and needs of some students.