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Math and science: not an asian sensation

Math and science: not an asian sensation

Think that math and science remain the domain of Asian-Americans? Think again. Today’s Times, in reference to a recent study conducted by the College Board and New York University (pdf), had this to say:

The report found that contrary to stereotype, most of the bachelor’s degrees that Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders received in 2003 were in business, management, social sciences or humanities, not in the STEM fields: science, technology, engineering or math. And while Asians earned 32 percent of the nation’s STEM doctorates that year, within that 32 percent more than four of five degree recipients were international students from Asia,  not Asian-Americans.         

The report also shows a correlation between Asian-American students’ SAT scores and their parents’ earnings and education level. Ironically, the same correlation is found with other Americans. So… maybe it’s time to stop viewing Asian-Americans as a mathematically-inclined monolith and to start seeing them as individuals? After all, the designation "Asian-American Pacific Islander" does encompass 48 ethnic groups.