CHICAGO -- It has been nearly a year since the Pew Research Center reported that Asian immigrants are elbowing Latin Americans aside and are projected to become the largest immigrant group by 2055. Policy analysis on the implications of this shift is beginning to trickle out.
There are two important issues that Asian-Americans have been trying to call attention to for years: The harm of the "model minority" myth and the invisibility of various Asian subgroups -- and their unique needs -- when they are all grouped together as an "Asian community."
Gerard Robinson, an American Enterprise Institute fellow, recently highlighted how the stereotype of Asian students as academic superstars is not only indeed a myth. It also hides real achievement issues for at-risk populations.
This isn't to say that many Asian students aren't high achievers. As Robinson wrote in "A Tale of Two Disparity Gaps" on the blog of the Brookings Institution, "White students' math and writing SAT scores were 64 and 18 points lower than Asians' in 2015. In fact, the combined SAT score of 1654 for Asians in 2015 saw a 54-point increase since 2006. Whites and others saw a decline during the same time."
The problem is that not all Asian students are alike.