One Book 2021-2022: So You Want to Talk about Race

One Book Research and Resource Guide for "So You Want to Talk About Race"

Understanding the Model Minority Myth

Chapter 14: What Is the Model Minority Myth?

The model minority myth fetishizes Asian Americans - reducing a broad swath of the world's population to a simple stereotype. The model minority myth places undo burdens and expectations on Asian American youth and erases any who struggle to live up to them. The model minority myth erases religious minorities, it erases refugees, it erases queer Asian Americans. The model minority myth gives a pretty blanket for a society to hide its racism against Asian Americans under, while separating them from other people of color who suffer from the same white supremacist system. The model minority myth is active racism that is harming Asian Americans, and we need to talk about it.

-From "So You Want to Talk About Race,"  Chapter 14


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Videos can be a great place to get information. Linked below are some featured - both from the library's streaming collection, as well as videos on the web.

Source: "The Truth About the Model Minority Myth and Anti-Blackness" by Dear Asian Youth, is licensed under a Standard YouTube License.