I wrote an article for The Aerogram on why research on South Asian American students matters. Here’s an excerpt:
There is a lack of distinction made between different kinds of Asians in existing literature, and a particular dearth of existing literature on South Asian American students. This means teachers can’t really understand these students’ cultures, and thus can’t provide culturally responsive instruction to these students.
Worse, they may not even try to — since many teachers believe the model minority stereotype about Asian students, they might be especially likely to overlook their South Asian American students’ needs, figuring they don’t need extra help or support.
If you’d like to read the whole thing, you can do so here.
P.S. – Information about my outreach organization, ISAASE.