No race is a monolith

Asian Americans as a group have been depicted as a model minority because of their academic success (“Asian Americans are typecast as successful students, but new report finds troubling gaps,” Los Angeles Times, June 16).  But the truth is that they are not a monolith any more than any other racial group.

Yet we persist in assuming that because those of Chinese, Vietnamese, Japanese and Indian descent have performed so impressively that other Asians have too.  The fact is that Asians are as diverse as Blacks, Hispanics and other racial groups.  As a result, we design policies that are based on the wrong interpretations. It’s time to focus on individual achievement regardless of race.

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