The Stereotypes of the ‘Model Minority’?


According to the article, “‘Model Minority’ Seems Like a Compliment, but It Does Great Harm”, model minority is define as, “the success of Asian-Americans in the United States is ‘a tribute to hard work, strong families and passion for education.”‘ And referring to the article, “It Isn’t Easy Being an Asian-American” it states, “The term ‘model minority’ both dismisses a individual’s hard work, blood,sweat and tears, and keeps other races down. At first it sounds like a compliment, but it’s not.” Both of these views show what model minorities are and how it effects other people and Asians, both positively and negatively. Asians-Americans aren’t perfect, and the rest of the world isn’t either. There are some perspectives that show they are considered model minorities because they have reached what is called the “american dream” and worked hard to get there, but isn’t it a stereotype to call all Asian-Americans a model minority, when it’s not all of them?

The impacts of stereotypes and being labeled as a model minority can be positive, because they are seen as a hard-working, smart group of people. But it can also be negative for that exact reason. They can have too much pressure to be seen as smart and successful, which can cause them to give up or try harder. Not all Asian-Americans are successful, but the ones who are, reached there because of their own hard work and their parent’s hard work to make sure they got there. Now, many may see that as a set back, because they are not Asian they can’t reach that far. Or because if a person is Asian their parents will be “driving [their] kids to suicide,” Kim Wong Keltner says in the article, “It Isn’t Easy Being a Asian American.” Overall, being called a model minority is a compliment, but also a lot of pressure on Asians to live up to the expectations¬†set for them.


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