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ERIC Number: EJ932807
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0895-6855
Tiger Moms and the Model Minority Myth
Gym, Helen
Rethinking Schools, v25 n4 p34-35 Sum 2011
Some months ago, Yale law professor Amy Chua wrote an op-ed for the "Wall Street Journal" that set off a media and cultural firestorm. Titled "Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior," the piece's outlandish assertions about Asian immigrant parenting hit the requisite rounds on the 24-hour news cycle. Though the media chatter was nonstop for weeks, what was not adequately addressed is Chua's calculated exploitation of a pernicious stereotype that has had deep impact on youth--particularly youth of color--in the schools: the model minority stereotype of the superhuman Asian student. The model minority stereotype implies that Asian Americans are a docile group with a pull yourself up by the bootstraps culture--a group that doesn't need services or much political or cultural attention and resources. This stereotype is often at the heart of the denial of a host of educational services from language services to lack of testing for special education, counseling services, and multiracial ethnic studies in schools.
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Language: English
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