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Stereotyping Of Asian American Youth: The Effects On Performance In Academics

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Throughout American history, the United States has been a cauldron where different diversities mix and mingle. In this hot pot of diversity, all of the ingredients (ethnicities) will not always conform to one and other; this could possibly lead to discrimination. This paper will be primarily focus on the discrimination towards Asian American youth of the 21st century and how it affects their academics. The research question guiding this investigation is “To what extent does the stereotyping of Asian American high school students as the model minority impact their performance on standardized tests such as ACT?” The focus will lead towards the stereotyping of Asian American students such as smart, math geniuses, or good at everything and how this has affected a student's academics. This will lead towards an investigation of the Model Minority Myth and Yellow Peril, tied into the two subjects will be the self fulfilling prophecy. It will also lead to an analysis of the statistics of ACT scores and the college readiness. This essay will not discuss the effects of stereotyping on academics of Asian students outside of America. The purpose of this document will be to prove; due to the stereotyping of Asian American youth; it has lead to a positive effect on the academics of the Asian American youth as shown through the ACT scores.

Stereotyping is defined as “an idea that is used to describe a particular type of person or thing, or a person or thing thought to represent such an idea”.When Asian Americans first immigrated to America they were stereotyped by Yellow Peril. This term was the irrational fear that Western societies had towards Eastern society, whom would attack and wage wars within the United States. The first wave of Chinese Americans immigrated during the mid 1800’s. Followed up by Japanese, Koreans, and other Asian races. At this time period the Asian community was not yet connected as a collective group. They would identify themselves by Chinese American, Vietnamese American, Hmong American, Filipino American, etc. The death of Vincent Chin was the key that unlocked the Asian American civil rights movement and brought together Asian communities among many others like African or Mexican.
Vincent Chin was a Chinese orphan who came to the United States with his adoptive parents. He went to college and graduated obtaining his Bachelors in engineering. At the age of 27, on track with the love of his life he was about to achieve the American dream, getting married and raising a family. Before his wedding, he went out with friends on a bachelors party at a bar. This was the scene where the two assailants, Ronald Ebens and his stepson Michael Nitz, targeted Mr.Chin and followed him to a Mcdonalds. The two men found and beat Vincent chin to death presuming he was Japanese. Due to Japan’s automotive invasion of the United States, Chin’s assailants were laid off from their careers at an automotive company which...

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