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ERIC Number: ED434167
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Sep
Pages: 24
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Model Minority Stereotype Reconsidered.
Kobayashi, Futoshi
This paper explores the origin and historical background of the "model minority" stereotype. It includes evidence illustrating problems resulting from the artificial grouping of Asian Americans as one ethnic group and the stereotype's influence on young Asian Americans. In the 1960s, the U.S. media began to portray the model minority through academic and economic success stories of Japanese and Chinese students. These reports were generalized to all Asians because the majority group did not pay attention to the differences among Asians. Evidence is presented to rebut the four main themes of the model minority hypothesis: (1) Asian Americans exhibit lower incidents of criminal activity and almost no juvenile delinquency; (2) Asian Americans are physically and mentally healthier than other Americans; (3) Asian Americans earn higher incomes than other Americans; and (4) Asian American students are higher scholastic achievers than other American students. Evidence exists to counter each of these assumptions. Because of the prevalence of the model minority stereotype, however, many young Asian Americans try to live up to these stereotypes. It is difficult to refute stereotypes that do not contain negative implications on the surface. In addition, the model minority stereotype could have been applied accurately to some early groups of immigrants, who were well-educated and from upper-class families in their home countries. Still, it is not accurate to characterize Asian Americans as though they are all alike. Empirical data prove that the model minority stereotype is a myth. (Contains 35 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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