Asian American Struggle

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Why Asian Americans Struggle to Be “True” Americans The United States of America is a capitalist country that is widely known for equal opportunity, and the idea of freedom. Lady Liberty greets others as they arrive at Ellis Island, in hopes of becoming a citizen in this praised country. In reality, if these people become citizens the likelihood of them advancing to the same levels of success as white people in America is very small. However, there are arguments that state Asian Americans are the model minority, with good educations, well-paying jobs, and better values than those of other Americans (“The Rise). A model minority is a racial or ethnic minority who is thought to have a higher socioeconomic status than the rest of the general …show more content…

From a young age white students hear that their Asian American classmates are smarter and are pushed much harder from their parents to succeed, and in turn they know that these students will always be better. This driving force from adults happens because of the discrimination in the past towards Asians. They feel as though they need to prove that they too can be great. This pressure can have negative effects on an Asian American student’s schooling experience. Not only do these students have to keep up with their parent’s standards, they also have the added pressure of the thoughts and assumptions put in place by their peers. What Means Switch is a fictional story written by Gish Jen that includes a middle school aged Asian-American girl named Mona. One of the first thing Mona says in dialogue with a white student is that she knows karate. Later she tells the readers, “I don’t know why I tell her this.” (Jen 2) because Mona does not know karate. Even though the student did not have direct pressure to say something that justified her being Asian, she still felt the need to prove her race to her white classmate . Another fictional story that documents a young Asian American girl is Fish Cheeks written by Amy Tan. In the short narrative the author writes about the white minister’s family attending their Christmas Eve dinner. The main character becomes embarrassed over the minster’s son judging their traditional chinese foods and develops a dislike for her chinese culture (Tan). Instances where Asian Americans are judged for their culture happens frequently and it causes Asian American youth to leave behind their culture in order to fit in with mainstream American culture as soon as they get a chance, causing their history and tradition to be lost with

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