AUTHOR: Victoria Gomez
Model Minority is a phrase that is usually thrown at the Asian American race. A model minority is a group of people, in this case Asian Americans, who are independent, are responsible, work hard, and are successful. Explained in details by The Personal Burden of Being a ‘Model Minority’ “These facts lead many to conclude that Asian Americans represent a “model minority”—a group whose hard work, initiative, personal responsibility, and success offer proof that American meritocracy works as intended.” People who label Asian Americans as the model minority think that Asian Americans should be proud of the title. However, they are being racist because they think every Asian American is smart. This is not the case. Not every Asian American is smart in school, work, or in other setting. Drawing this image on Native Americans impacts them in a harmful way.
There is a stereotype that claims all Asians Americans are smart. This affects the Asian Americans who struggle in school. They feel useless and disgraceful because they can not live up to what they are seen as. This impacts them in school because they are ashamed to ask for help. “For instance, research done by Stacey Lee, a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s School of Education, shows how this image can deter Asian American high-school students from seeking help when they’re struggling in school, socially isolating them and, ironically, causing them to fare worse academically.” People automatically assume ever Asian American is smart. Asian Americans who are successful is because they worked hard, not because of their race they automatically become successful. “In a lot of ways, Asian Americans have done remarkably well in achieving “the American dream” of getting a good education, working at a good job, and earning a good living.”