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Taiwanese Am author traces stereotype that Asians love to study

As the stereotype that “Asians love to study” becomes more and more widely ingrained, Taiwanese-American entrepreneur, author, speaker, and business consultant Yu-Kai Chou chased back to ancient history to explain the “study culture” in Asian community.

In his article Why do Asian Kids Study Like Crazy, Chou mentioned the importance of culture. He believes the strong emphasis placed on the importance of studying comes from ancient history. The goal of getting into a prestigious college is often seen as a significant achievement in its own right, rather than simply a stepping stone toward obtaining a desirable career.

“During the time, most people were only peasant farmers and could not afford an education,” he wrote in the article, “Once you score well on the exam and become a government officer, supposedly you will bring prosperity and honor to all your family and ancestors. You basically aren’t worthless anymore in a monarchy society once you have some kind of scholarly title.”

This emphasis on scholarship and achievement in education led to the formation of stereotypes about Asian people being studious and academically successful.

Many people faced the heavy pressure of the stereotype.

“I do feel societal pressure to be a model minority, to be on top of things and to be at the top of my class,” Tyler Xia, a sophomore student at UNC told the Daily Tar Heel.

Another sophomore student Manu Srinivas told the Daily Tar Heel that “I would always compare myself to others.”

Asian study culture’s strong emphasis on academic achievement has undoubtedly been effective in promoting career advancement. However, it is also important not to overlook the significance of creativity and individuality.

Presently, Asian American students are recognizing this and striving to challenge the model minority stereotype.

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