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Pacific Standard: Where did the concept of the “Asian F” originate?

University of Texas at AustinIt’s become part of the American vernacular, the Asian F.

Where did it come from and how accurate is it?

The Asian F is used when an Asian student fails to get an A in the class. Expectations are so high even a “B” is considered an Asian F.

I’ve received more than a few Asian F’s in my academic career. I attended a Catholic school in San Francisco Chinatown during grade school and the school was 99 percent Chinese. I can guarantee you not everyone got A’s in that school. Far from it.

According to Pacific Standard, the concept of the Asian F originated after 1965 when the profile of Asian immigrants dramatically changed. 61 percent of those immigrants between the ages of 25-64  have at least a bachelor degree.

Pacific Standard says “there is nothing obvious or natural about the link between race/ethnicity and achievement.”

What do you think. Do you agree?



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