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...rity in the educational world. Whereas Southern East Asians vary from their arrival to the United States, whether they were allowed to move into the U.S. because of their educational status, or were forced to relocate as a refugee, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, specifically Southern East Asians are in no way absolutely similar. Placing Southern East Asians in this stereotype harms them more than one may think, since facing discrimination contributes to mental health issues. This also disregards the lives of individual Southern East Asians and places them in a binary label of both being educated and successful, or underperforming in school and being a drop out. It is important to understand that these ethnic groups must not be categorized and be represented, and that being stereotyped into a highly-educated and wealthy label isn’t as harmless as it may seem.
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