APIASF/CARE Statement: Higher Education Leaders Disappointed in New Pew Research Center Data Stating Asian American Students are ‘Best Educated’

June 19, 2012

The Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF) and the National Commission on Asian American and Pacific Islander Research in Education (CARE)–the leading AAPI student- and research-focused organizations, respectively–are extremely dismayed with today’s release of the new Pew Research Center study, The Rise of Asian Americans, which only reinforces the mischaracterizations of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) students that contribute to their exclusion from federally-supported policies, programs, and initiatives.

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Inside Higher Ed: Asians and Affirmative Action

May 30, 2012

A brief filed Tuesday with the U.S. Supreme Court seeks to shake up the legal and political calculus of a case that could determine the constitutionality of programs in which colleges consider the race or ethnicity of applicants. In the brief, four Asian-American organizations call on the justices to bar all race-conscious admissions decisions, arguing that race-neutral policies are the only way for Asian-American applicants to get a fair shake.

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National Journal – The Next America: Asians Often Burdened as Model Minority

May 15, 2012

A stereotype plagues the Asian demographic: They’re good, smart kids. And they don’t need much attention in school because they do so well. America’s wholesale perception of the Asian demographic as one with good ethics, studious appetites, and a quiet persistence began in 1966 with an article by William Petersen in The New York Times Magazine. In it, he described the values inherent in Japanese culture that made them a “model minority” for U.S. society, theorizing that their good qualities stemmed from cultural values. All of a sudden, Asians were the group to compare other minorities to, becoming a standard of achievement for anyone who was not white.

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The Long Path from Bangladesh to College in America

May 1, 2012

There is a small row of Irish pubs in Woodside, Queens, just under the metal subway bridge — reminders of another time. Today, the streets teem with tiny bodegas selling fried egg rolls and spicy lamb curry to the Filipino and Bangladeshi families who now fill most of the surrounding homes.

“I think what is concerning for me is that people are moving toward a narrative that talks about Asians as a non-minority minority group,” said Robert Teranishi, author of Asians in the Ivory Tower.

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