Minority Report: Challenging the Homogenizing Stereotypes that Asian-American Students Face

April 10, 2014

Since arriving at Columbia, being “Asian” has meant something different to me than what it meant growing up in Karachi and London. There, the term referred exclusively to South Asians: people of Pakistani, Indian, Bangladeshi, or Sri Lankan descent. Still, before I came to Columbia as an international student, I knew that “Asian,” in the collective American imagination, was generally mapped onto East and Southeast Asians.

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