The prevailing stereotype for Asians is the model-minority stereotype that ascribes positive traits such as smart and hardworking to this group. Despite the seemingly positive nature of the model minority, it also has damaging effects on the Asian community.
While looking at statistics such as college enrollment indicates Asian Americans have higher enrollment leading to career success, the numbers ignore subpopulations such as the Hmong Americans with high rates of unemployment. College enrollment and graduation do not necessarily equate with success as many Asian-American professionals reach a ceiling and are unable to get into upper management positions. As a result, viewing Asian Americans within the model-minority lens diverts attention away from social issues.