According to the model minority myth, APIs are doing well not only financially and academically but also socially.
The Department of Health and Human Services, however, paints a different picture.
- For Asian Americans of all ages, suicide is ranked as the 8th leading cause of death as compared to 11th for the overall US population.
- Except for Native Americans, the suicide rate for API women aged 15-24 years exceeded the national suicide rate across all major racial groups.
- Several studies have shown that Asian American college students reported higher levels of suicidal ideation compared with White American college students.