Yang’s speech places the onus of change on the Asian community to encourage their kids to pick up a “camera” rather than a “violin.”
I couldn't possibly talk about this guilt with my parents or my peers, so instead, I bottled these feelings up and turned on myself, leading a double life.
But a new Department of Education initiative could help.
The idea all Asians do well in school is a dangerous stereotype.
Asian-Americans are perceived as perpetual foreigners. Asian-Americans have been here for generations. Hardly anybody acknowledges that. Asian-Americans themselves are unaware. We have been written out of history books. There were Asian soldiers on both sides of the Civil War.
For many of our black peers, their everyday lived experiences confirm the pervasiveness of white supremacy. This, however, is an opportune time to dialogue with my Asian peers, many of whom actively distance themselves from discussions around race.
Why our culture finds it so hard to situate someone who's neither black nor white.
A social media campaign challenges the model minority myth.
Stereotyping AAPIs as just one model minority results in individual groups' needs not being acknowledged, understood or met.
I celebrate the success, resilience, brilliance and hard work ethic of the Asian American community, while acknowledging that we have a long way to go before racial justice is achieved for ourselves and everyone else. So let's continue doing what we've always done -- working hard and knocking down walls.
The "model minority" label makes things worse for large sections of these communities, because their needs are often overlooked or misunderstood and then rarely addressed in government programs and by social-service organizations. Lack of disaggregated data perpetuates this label.