The Achievement Gap within the Asian-American Community: Disaggregating Asian-American Ethnic Groups to Dismantle the Model Minority Myth
Keywords:model minority myth, achievement gap, educational attainment, aisan americans
The achievement gap is an important topic when discussing the education system in America. However, Asian-Americans are often overlooked when looking at achievement gaps or are used through racial triangulation as the “model minority” pawn by which they are used to blame other minorities for their shortcomings. There are staggering differences in the academic achievements within the Asian-American community. Using data from theU.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, I found significant achievement gaps within the Asian-American community by disaggregating data about 16 Asian- American ethnic groups from the years 2011 to 2018. I also conducted a generalized least squares (GLS) regression analysis to find three significant factors in the educational attainment of Asian-Americans: unemployment rates, food stamp/SNAP benefits, and English-speaking ability.