Fun Fact Friday: Asian Americans as “Model Minorities?”

Despite the stereotype that Asian Americans are “model minorities,” Asian Americans are represented at both ends of the economic spectrum: over 51% of Asian Americans have a bachelor’s degree or higher and almost 22% have a graduate or professional degree, but almost 12.6% live in poverty, which is slightly higher than the U.S. average of 12.4%. Some groups have persistently much higher rates of poverty, including the Hmong (37.8%), Cambodian (29.3%), Laotian (18.5%) and Vietnamese (16.6%).

For more, see the 2011 report from Asian Americans Advancing Justice.

Also read these great books on the Asian American model minority by Ellen Wu, Madeline Hsu, and Jennifer Lee and Min Zhou!