Report shatters ‘model minority’ myth: Asian population includes many groups in need

Gary Warth
June 11, 2015


A report that examines the Asian-American population in San Diego County challenges popular perception of socioeconomic outcomes.

“Often times, people think Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are successful economically and socially, but when you look at the data through ethnic groups, you see that is not the case. Many are struggling and among the poorest and have the lowest educational attainment,” she said.” said Kristin Sakaguchi, a research analyst at Asian Americans Advancing Justice, Los Angeles.

Similar reports were published on Los Angeles and Orange counties. Sakaguchi was the primary researcher for the San Diego report, available here.

The report found growth in the number of unemployment and poverty rates, especially for Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders.

Breaking down the data by ethnicity, the report finds that only 13 percent of Hmong students who applied were admitted to UCSD. 27 percent of Cambodians, 29 percent of Samoans, and 30 percent of Laotians were accepted.

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Organizations mentioned/involved: Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles (Advancing Justice-LA)