honestly, i think they are just like everyone else. some are really smart, some are only average, etc. i have two daughters, both asian. one is brilliant. one is an average student. i have raised them both the same. the only demand i place on them is that they each do their personal best. i do think discipline is a key factor here. many asian parents are very, very strict about time spent on studies. is it genetic, somehow? idk. my average student is actually more diligent in her studies, she works very **** and never gives up trying. my gifted student is LAZY - she never studies, flies by the seat of her pants!! who can know?