The education of Asian Americans is a complex topic because there is no single Asian American experience in or with education. Asian American students are often characterized as a high-achieving “model minority,” but an examination of the diversity among Asian Americans complicates this stereotype. This entry presents an overview of the diversity of Asian American students, briefly discusses concerns facing Asian American students and the impact of the model minority stereotype, and identifies important areas for future research on the education of Asian Americans.

Overview: Diversity of the Asian American Population

Students classified as Asian American represent dozens of ethnic groups, scores of language groups, and numerous religions. Asian American students come from professional families, entrepreneurial backgrounds, middle- and working-class families, and low-income families. Some Asian American ...

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