The narrative that Asian Americans are the racial minority group that has pulled itself up by the bootstraps without government assistance is known as the Model Minority Myth; it has been deliberately promoted since the 1960s in opposition to policies designed to correct racial inequities.
Asian Americans in college rose from 16,000 nationwide in 1960 to 250,000 in 1980.
So, why are Asian Americans “over-represented” in elite universities today, and does this justify removing Asian Americans as a disadvantaged group?
Asian Americans are a complex racial category, with roots from many different countries, with a bi-polar class makeup of rich and poor.
Lydia Lowe is a graduate of UMass/Boston, the only four-year Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution in the Commonwealth.