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San Dieguito superintendent apologizes for saying Asian students succeed because they’re wealthy Chinese

  • Cheryl James-Ward, superintendent of the San Dieguito Union High School District, faced criticism after suggesting that Asian students are successful because they come from wealthy families immigrating from China.
  • The official’s remarks came in response to a question during a board training session on diversity, equity and inclusion, when Board Trustee Michael Allman asked why some Asian students receive fewer D and F grades than other ethnic or racial groups.
  • A clip of James-Ward’s comments was posted on YouTube, drawing criticism from Asian American commenters who rejected the stereotype and stressed the importance of hard work to achieve success.
  • The superintendent reportedly accused the poster of the video of taking her words out of context while acknowledging that she “should’ve said it differently.”
  • After the interview, James-Ward apologized, saying any harm she had caused was unintended.

San Dieguito Union High School District Superintendent Cheryl James-Ward has apologized for remarks that stereotyped Asian students as high-achievers from high-income families.

The official’s comments, seen as perpetuating the model minority myth, were reportedly made during a board training session on Monday on diversity, equity and inclusion.

Hmong American PhD student rejected for prestigious fellowship for not being in ‘underrepresented’ group

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A Hmong American Ph.D. candidate studying neuroscience at the University of Wisconsin-Madison was refused a fellowship after it was determined that she was not from an “underrepresented” group because she’s Asian American.

“Model minority” myth: In a Twitter thread, doctoral student Kao Lee Yang said she was nominated for the prestigious Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s (HHMI) Gilliam Fellowship but was told by a committee that she didn’t fit its “Racial/Ethnic Underrepresentation” criteria.

23% of Asian Americans in California are Struggling with Poverty, Survey Reveals

Nearly one in four Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) in California are working and struggling with poverty, debunking the model-minority stereotype that members of the racial group always succeed financially.

A new joint survey from AAPI Data, an organization publishing demographic data and policy research on the AAPI population, and the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI), a nonpartisan research and education nonprofit, reveals that 23% of AAPIs in the area are “working and struggling with poverty,” contributing to a state of “two Californias” divided by a significant income gap.

The Affirmative Action Debate is Driving a Wedge Between Asians and Other Minorities

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According to the Pew Research Center, the U.S. Asian Population grew 72% from 2000 to 2015, making us the fastest growing minority ethnic group in America. By 2055 Asian Americans are projected to become the largest immigrant group in the country. We’ve become a key demographic in political elections, meaning our vote matters more than ever and both Republicans and Democrats have picked up on this fact.

Most recently, Asian Americans have decided to take on the Affirmative Action debate with a lawsuit against Harvard University, accusing them of unfairly discriminating against Asian students during the admissions process. And even within the Asian American communities, it appears we just can’t come to an agreement whether this is a positive or negative way to make our mark in history.