The moment he stepped into Clovis High School, Chali Lee â now a first-year at Clovis Community College â left his Hmong identity outside its doors.
Other students, he said, saw him as just another Asian male, another model minority â someone taking up all the seats at colleges.
Lee knows itâs not that simple.
âAlthough I am Asian, I carry the term Southeast Asian,â he said. âYou have to disaggregate the data and look at the dangers of using umbrella terms â in the Hmong community specifically, not many pursue higher education.â