The term "Asian" embodies a large number of communities, ethnicities, nationalities, and lived experiences.
According to the 2010 US Census, Asian-Americans were among the fastest-growing ethnic minority groups in the United States. Attending a predominantly White institution, (PWI) can lead to encounters that cause you to reflect on this aspect of your identity. Be they positive or negative stereotypes about "the Asian community" can feel restrictive, confusing and uncomfortable to navigate.
At the Counseling Center clinicians are aware of the complexities of negotiating cultural experiences in an educational setting. The diversity of cultural values, beliefs, and languages among these ethnic groups may intersect with mainstream and/or college cultures in ways that are challenging and stressful to many.
The Model Minority Stereotype is the cultural expectation placed on Asian and Asian Americans as a group that each individual will be:
Sure, who wouldn't like to be considered "the model" of anything? Smart, self-reliant... all of these qualities seem like a good thing to live up to.
Not so much! No one lives up to a stereotype 100% of the time. You might have some, but not all of the traits expected of you as an Asian or Asian American. And what happens if you do not fulfill the stereotypical expectations placed on you?
The facts are that Asian / Asian Americans are a diverse group of individuals, with diverse experiences.