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.
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
Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month: May 2021 – US Census April 2021
|Teacher Resources||What Is the Model Minority Myth?