Asian americans as a model minority
Asian-Americans were the only racial group whose upward mobility was lower among second-generation immigrants. By Molly Fosco. When Julia Lam told her parents she was leaving her job at Facebook to start her own company, they were quick to warn her of the risks. While her parents were supportive of her entrepreneurial path, they always felt a steady job was safer. Her dad is an engineer, her mom a CPA.
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The myth of the ‘model minority’ reinforces White supremacy |
Why do you care so much? As with other children of immigrants, I was told to keep my head down and mind my own business. But after the presidential election, I had to reconsider why these messages are harmful to our community and to others. American racism has crafted the myth that Asian Americans are naturally inclined to succeed because we work harder than other. It has weaponized our stories of success to tear other minorities down.
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'Model Minority' Myth Again Used As A Racial Wedge Between Asians And Blacks
The Color of Success tells of the astonishing transformation of Asians in the United States from the "yellow peril" to "model minorities"--peoples distinct from the white majority but lauded as well-assimilated, upwardly mobile, and exemplars of traditional family values--in the middle decades of the twentieth century. As Ellen Wu shows, liberals argued for the acceptance of these immigrant communities into the national fold, charging that the failure of America to live in accordance with its democratic ideals endangered the country's aspirations to world leadership. Weaving together myriad perspectives, Wu provides an unprecedented view of racial reform and the contradictions of national belonging in the civil rights era. She highlights the contests for power and authority within Japanese and Chinese America alongside the designs of those external to these populations, including government officials, social scientists, journalists, and others.
She received a D. But even as detailed data on education and income across the diverse Asian American and Pacific Islander AAPI spectrum has begun debunking this myth, experts say the stereotype still persists. That, experts say, can create additional pressures and lead to mental health issues. But in fact those averages mask a lot of differences.
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