New research hails achievements among Asians and Asian Americans in U.S.

Published: Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

New research hails achievements among Asians and Asian Americans in U.S.
Advocates warn against using the findings to promote “model minority”

June 19, 2012

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) — Today the Pew Research Center released a new
demographic survey and report on Asians and Asian Americans in the
United States. While the survey makes meaningful findings, the
National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF) warns that “The
Rise of Asian Americans” should not be misused to further the myth of
the “model minority.”

“The ‘model minority’ myth continues to make invisible many of the
real needs in our community,” said Miriam Yeung, executive director of
the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF). “American
Pacific Islander women experience myriad health disparities,
discrimination, long-term unemployment, domestic violence, foreclosure
and more, but reports like this make it hard for those in need to have
their voices heard.”

Asian Americans now comprise almost 6 percent of the U.S. population.
The report recognizes Asians as the largest group of new immigrants
arriving annually to the United States — a natural gateway to
discussions about immigration and civil rights — but more in-depth
analysis is needed to sincerely assess these issues. While the report
does acknowledge that some Asian-American communities are poorer than
their white counterparts, more light must be shed on the daily
struggles of being an immigrant navigating the U.S. workforce and
school systems.

“We can’t have a discussion about Asians in America without addressing
the diversity of the population,” said Yeung. “Many in our communities
are achieving the success our parents and grandparents dreamed about —
but there is a gap in the report that would tell the story of those
who are not.”

Nearly fifty years after the “model minority” label was introduced,
Asian Americans still struggle to be seen and heard from their own
perspective. An important next step in the struggle is for researchers
to ask the questions that truly concern Asian Americans — questions
that reveal the full complexity of a diverse, evolving community.


The National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum is the only
national, multi-issue Asian and Pacific Islander (API) women’s
organization in the country. NAPAWF’s mission is to build a movement
to advance social justice and human rights for API women and girls.

Erin White-Casselman
Camino Public Relations
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