Fixing the cultural fallacy

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In this review essay, I place The Asian American Achievement Paradox, by Jennifer Lee and Min Zhou within a broad framework that reaches beyond immigration studies. I consider the book’s main contributions surrounding immigrant hyper-selectivity and stereotype promise in relation to class background, noting how the book makes an important contribution to our understanding of variations in educational achievement within and among ethno-racial groups. I note the relationship between stereotype promise and Robert K. Merton’s classic understanding of ‘self-fulfilling prophecy’. Finally, I draw attention to the way in which race and culture have been conflated thus creating new intellectual challenges for those interested in reaching greater levels of precision in analysis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2372-2378
Number of pages7
JournalEthnic and Racial Studies
Issue number13
StatePublished - Oct 20 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Cultural Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Sociology and Political Science


  • Educational achievement
  • hyper-selectivity
  • race and culture
  • social class and culture
  • stereotype promise


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