The Asian American Myth: Effort Leads to Outcomes

Working hard is not enough.

Growing up as a child of Asian immigrants, I was raised to believe that if you work hard in America, you can succeed. That this country is all about “pulling yourself up by your bootstraps” and “keeping your nose to the grindstone” because anything is possible. Our parents came here thinking that this was a meritocracy and that if you put in the effort, you will reap the rewards. Now I’m old enough to…