6 charts that dismantle the trope of Asian Americans as a model minority

May 26, 2021 ☼ asian

Source: MPR News - Link

Myth: Asian Americans are high-earning and well-educated

Asian Americans have an average median household income of around $78,000 a year, which is higher than the national median of about $66,000. However, that overall statistic obscures large differences between different Asian origin groups.

These economic disparities are partially driven by similar disparities in education levels among Asian Americans. The highest earning groups — Indian and Taiwanese households — also have the highest levels of education, while the lowest earning groups have comparatively lower levels of education.

This is a good take-down of the model asian myth.