Asian American Ethnic Groups Of Asian Americans

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In at least one point in everyone’s lives, they are faced with micro aggressions or discriminating adjectives about their race, gender, or sexual orientation. Most of the time, it is said without the intent of insulting the individual, but most times, it’s much more harmful than they think. Asian Americans, for example, have been “complimented” in stereotypical characteristics. They are told that they are good at math or science because they are Asian, that they are wealthy because their parents are doctors or lawyers, and that they are pretty much the second Whites of society. This is known as The Model Minority Myth. The Asian American ethnic group is considered a model minority, since they are a minority group that is regarded as economically successful, highly educated and hardworking individuals. To non-Asian Americans, these are thought to be harmless and “positive” complements, but it is in fact, a lot more harmful than it seems. While it is true that there are a lot of Asian Americans that meet success through hard work and get accepted in to prestige ivy leagues, this is only partially the truth. The reality is that Asian Americans are in fact, not a single ethnic group. Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, or AAPIs consist of many Asian ethnic groups, including but not limited to Chinese, Japanese, Indian, Laotian, Cambodian, Malaysian, and many other Asian countries. To group Asian Americans as a single ethnic group is the act of making many Asian American ethnic groups invisible and disregarded, despite the fact that there are many of them who do not meet this standard society has placed upon them. Many Southeast Asians, including Cambodian, Vietnamese, Laotian, and Hmong are among the lowest percent of the U.S. popu... ... middle of paper ... ...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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