“I thought I’m supposed to do this all on my own.”Poverty, isolation, and the pressure to excel are problems some Asian American students face.
But statistics — and the model minority myth that Asian American students get perfect grades and go to Ivy League universities — can hide those problems by treating Asian Americans as a monolith.
Ekk Sisavatdy runs a program at Highline College, a community college south of Seattle, that advises Asian American and Pacific Islander students.
“Because I’m more than just Asian American and others’ perception of what an Asian American is,” he said.
Now he gives back the same way, helping other Asian American students and showing their campus, and the rest of the world, a more nuanced view of Asian American student life.