Model Minority: A Study on the Background, the Myth, and a Re-examination
"Since the mid 1960's, the media and academic journals have depicted Asian Americans as the model minority, which refers to the stereotype of Asian Americans who have achieved extraordinary academic and economic success. New studies during the 1980's and 1990's have begun to counter the myth of Asian Americans as the model minority. While the model minority stereotype may appear positive Stacy Lee (1996) believes that it is dangerous because it tells Asians and other minorities how to behave and it promotes invisibility that masks their problems. This study ultimately shows that model minority is a myth. The myth has inspired some but also is used as a means to control others. Leaders need to be aware of this and avoid using myths on unethical grounds."--Leaf 3.
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