Like other minority groups, Asian Americans encounter a multitude of stereotypes that constrain their identities, relationships with others, and their opportunities. However, one of the most significant and persistent stereotypes of Asian Americans is the “model minority” stereotype.

So just what does being a “model minority” mean? The stereotype suggests that Asian Americans are more academically, economically, and socially successful than any other racial minority groups. Most people believe that Asian American students are more successful than other racial minority students because of cultural values that emphasize hard work, strong family values, and/or stronger belief in the American meritocracy. However, the practical reality is slightly more complicated than that.

In our latest issue of Profiles in Diversity Journal, you’ll hear Dr. Nicholas D. Hartlep explain the myth—and its impact—in Lost Among Caucasians, You’ll also hear from corporate leaders of Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage on the influence stereotypes like this have on our communities and our youth, and the inspiration that fuels their success.

Below, you’ll find a terrific video from Santa Clara University that talks about the concept of the model minority stereotype from the standpoint of the student. We invite you to take a look, and to learn more about the challenges facing the next generation of API leaders.

Help us celebrate Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month in a meaningful way.