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Educating Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

America’s Asian population is the fastest growing in the nation, reports the 2010 U.S. Census, yet Asian American students still struggle against an age-old stereotype that casts them as perpetual foreigners, even if their families have been here for generations.

“Having to battle stereotypes in 2011 is exactly why it’s so important for educators and parents to start teaching diversity in the early grades," says Daphne Kwok, chair of the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. “People from all backgrounds are what make America, America.”

Read more in the Focus on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders publication An American Story (May 2011) (300 KB, 2pp). In this publication, Kiran Ahuja, Director of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and other API leaders, discuss the complexity and challenges of educating API students.