An Analysis Of The Model Minority Stereotype

1676 Words Nov 20th, 2014 7 Pages
Clara Kang
Shawn Bediako
Honors 300 : Race, Science, Society
20 November 2014
An Analysis of the Model Minority Stereotype
INTRODUCTION
According to the 2010 United States Census, those that identify as Asian numbered more than 14 million people, approximately 4.8% of the entire United States population (SOURCE). Despite or perhaps due to being a relatively small population, Asian Americans are not exempt from stereotyping. While a stereotype does not technically have positive or negative connotations and is simply a widely held generalization of a particular group of people, they are often derogatory and convey negative impressions and attitudes. Many minority groups are portrayed in a negative and demeaning light: African Americans are violent, lazy, and aggressive; Latinos are low-class workers, often illegal immigrants, that lack intelligence and education; Jews are shrewd and miserly. What is unique about stereotypes concerning Asian American are the comparatively positive connotations compared to other ethnic and racial groups. Asian Americans are what is known as the 'model minority. ' They are considered to have strong work ethic and high intelligence and are the 'successful ' minority group (Beyond model minority status 19). While being the 'model minority ' sounds flattering and beneficial on the surface, it can also be detrimental and disadvantageous for Asian Americans as well as other minority groups. The the reasons for the perpetuation and consequences…
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