BMCC’s Asian American Student Population
Despite the dominant narratives about Asian American academic achievement at elite institutions, 40% of Asian American college students are enrolled in community colleges in the US, and this number is actually growing. [Source: Park, 2013] At CUNY, Asian American students make up 17% of the community college body.
Students who identify as Asian make up 15% of the student body at BMCC. China, Bangladesh and Guyana are three of the top 10 foreign countries represented at the college and Chinese, Bengali, Arabic, Cantonese and Korean are in the top ten spoken languages (2019).
Beyond some simple facts, there is little available data about our AAPI students’ identities and experiences. From listening to AAPI students, we know there is a lot of variation with respect to economic position, immigration status, English language literacy, family responsibilities, academic interests, and other issues but most of this information is shared in informal conversations.
The ABI is conducting a needs assessment, through a survey and focus groups, to learn more about the specific experiences of our diverse AAPI student population so that our programming can better serve their needs.
What do we mean by “Asian American”?
The term “Asian American” includes people from a diverse range of backgrounds, experiences and communities including people: South Asian, Southeast Asian, East Asian, Central Asian, West Asian, and Asian diasporas including the Caribbean.
Asian American includes people who identify as Afghan, Bangladeshi, Bhutanese, Burmese, Cambodian, Chinese (Mainland Chinese), Filipino, Hmong, Hong Konger or Hong Kongese, Indian, Indonesian, Iranian,Iraqi, Japanese, Korean, Laotian, Malaysian, Nepali, Pakistani, Palestinian, Sri Lankan, Syrian, Taiwanese, Thai, Tibetan, Vietnamese, Uzbek or Uzbekistani, or Yemeni.
It can include people who are Asian Caribbean, Asian Latinx, or Asian African, whose ancestors were from a nation in Asia they but migrated to the Caribbean, or Latin America, or Africa. Asian American can include people who are multiracial, people who are in cross-racial adoptive families, and many other identities that are not listed here.
Resources to learn more about New York City’s Asian and Asian American communities:
- Asian American Federation – Research on Asian New Yorkers: https://www.aafederation.org/aaf-our-work/research-2/
- Coalition for Asian American Children and Families – Resources and Publications: https://www.cacf.org/resources/category/Publications