What is the stereotype of the "Model Minority"? Why is it said to be a myth? What are critiques of this myth of the model minority (in terms of how it affects the status quo)? [This last question is discussed in good detail in lecture as well]
The "Model Minority" - William Peterson 1966 Praised Asian Americans as a "model minority" Images of the Chinese engineers, Japanese financiers, Filipino nurses, Korean entrepreneurs, and Vietnamese restaurateurs abound, helping reinforce this positive stereotype. Asian American educational and economic successes apparently demonstrate that people of color can realize the American Dream through hard work and self-reliance. Like all stereotypes, however, that of the model minority is misleading and ignores the diversity of the Asian American population. Many Asian Americans, in fact, are poor and poorly educated, people who need help in attaining economic and educational success. Not all Asian American students are strong academically. The Idea of "Model Minority" also creates a harmful and unrealistic example for the dominant group to use as a cudgel to blame others for their difficulties in achieving success. Criticize other minority groups for failing to attain comparable levels of achievement.