Producer 1990 Institute

Asian Americans as the “model minority” may sound like a compliment, but it’s actually a harmful racial stereotype. Disparities within specific populations are hidden, leading to misperceptions, a lack of resources for the disadvantaged groups, and the perpetuation of poor data collection and analyses. This video breaks down the facts to show the full spectrum of the Asian American population and highlights the gaps within this group in different aspects of society.

0:00 Introductions and definition of Model Minorities

0:24 Myth: Asian Americans are all the same

0:47 Myth: Asian Americans are all highly-educated

1:11 Myth: Asian Americans are all high income earners

2:09 Myth: Asian Americans all have elite jobs

2:20 Every facts reveals a little more truth: See, Hear, Understand Asian Americans

Publish Date: May 26, 2021, Updated January 12, 2022
Resources Model Minority  Watch:

Model Minority Myth – information & lesson for grade 8-12 audience with Lesson materials for teachers by Asian American Advancing Justice, Los Angeles.

Asian Rapper DESTROYS Model Minority Myth

A For Average, B For Bad: Behind The Model Minority Myth | NBC Asian America

The “Model Minority” Myth: Jennifer Ho and Frank H. Wu

How the Model Minority Myth keeps Asian Americans out of Management


The Woke ‘Model Minority’ Myth (You might hit a Paywall)

The Model Minority Myth– Audible (25 minutes) – targets youth audience, need an Amazon Account

How the ‘model minority’ myth fuels anti-Asian racism and white supremacy – This Matters (Toronto Star), 30 minutes

Collection from KQED on Model Minority Myth 


Falling Through the Crack of Chinese American Dream, Venessa Wong, Dec 21, 2021, BuzzFeed [new, added January 12, 2022]

Social Tracking of Asian Americans in the U.S., a national assessment of attitudes and stereotypes towards Asian Americans, one of the first such studies in 20 years, May, 2021, by LAAUNCH (Leading Asian Americans to Unite for Change)

The diverse demographics of Asian Americans | USA Facts 2021

The 1990 Institute Bi-weekly Newsletters

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month: May 2021 – US Census April 2021

‘Model Minority’ Myth Again Used As A Racial Wedge Between Asians And Blacks
The model Minority myth says all Asians are successful. Why that’s dangerous.

Model minority myth & the double edged sword – Ascend 2021

How ‘Crazy Rich’ Asians Have Led to the Largest Income Gap in the U.S.

Key facts about Asian Americans, a diverse and growing population – April 2021

Asian Americans are the fastest-growing racial or ethnic group in the U.S. – April 2021

Between the Data – The unseen Stories of Asian Americans – April 2021

The Model Minority Myth- highlighting key stories about the profession you may have missed – 2018

 Teacher Resources What Is the Model Minority Myth?


Model Minority Myth

1990 Reference Library for more Model Minority Myth materials



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