Model Minority impact on Asian-Americans

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The term is “model minority” refers to as the idea that all Asian-Americans are successful in school and life compared to other ethnic groups in the U.S. According to The Asian Advantage by Nicholas Kristof, “Census data show that Americans of Asian heritage earn more than other groups, including whites… also have higher educational attainment”. Their ability to be viewed as successful is a combination of hard work and the effort and sacrifice made by parents of the students make sure they’re able to do well. But with this image of expected success and social status comes with both positive and negative stereotypes. In The Asian Advantage, students were quoted saying “Oh, you’re Chinese and you’re good in math”, as positive this may seem, it can also create a weight of obligation to staying continuously competitive in school and cause a great deal of stress. In reality, this idea of the “model minority” does not mean all Asian-Americans are exceptional successful. In the PBS film America by the Numbers, Cambodian-American young adults were interviewed and depicted their reality confronting the stereotypes and barriers . According to one of the interviewee, they were victims of violence by other minority groups in the area. Also, they experienced language barriers and struggled in school.


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