The “Asian F” and the idea of Asian achievement
- December 18, 2013
- An article by Jennifer Lee, sociology professor, is featured in The Society Pages December 18, 2013
From The Society Pages
“I feel ashamed of myself because my grade is not what an Asian should get,” reads a PostSecret confession. The quote reflects the popular perception among Asians and non-Asians, alike, that if you are Asian, you should receive a top grade; anything less than an A is an “Asian F.” The idea highlights two points. First, academic achievement is racialized, with Asian Americans as the reference group for academic excellence. Second, the expectations and the perceived norm for achievement are higher for Asian Americans than for other groups…Jennifer Lee, PhD, is a sociologist at the University of California, Irvine.
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