AUTHOR: JENNIFER QIN
AAPI ADVOCACY DIRECTOR
JOHNS HOPKINS SOM
aapi-advocacy@apamsa.org

PUBLISHED BY: SOPHIE ZHAO
NATIONAL NETWORK DIRECTOR
network@apamsa.org

The model minority myth--the perception of success among Asian-Americans--is usually invoked to suggest that racism does not exist, that the success of AAPI communities is evidence that all people of color can succeed if they try hard enough. This myth is damaging not just to AAPI subcommunities and individuals that don't fit within this perception but also to other communities of colors whose experiences with racism are minimized by this comparison. Check out our infographic and read more here: http://n.pr/2F2DuiV

Sources:
Myth 1: US Department of EducationCAPACD
Myth 2: Jennifer Lee and Min Zhou. The Asian American Achievement Paradox (New York: Russell Sage, 2015), 31.
Myth 3: 1966 NYTimes article

 

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