The positioning of Asian Pacific Islander and Desi Americans students as overrepresented, "model minorities” or akin to Whites in education hides both the diversity within this group and the challenges many APIDA students face stemming from racialization and socioeconomic disadvantage. In this autoethnographic study, we examine the role race and class identities presented challenges to accessing and navigating higher education. Guided by Critical Race Theory, we offer a counternarrative of a Southeast Asian American female student who grew up low-income and was the first in her family to attend college. We offer implications for policy and practice to better support this underrepresented population.
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