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Unraveling the "Model Minority" Stereotypes: Listening to Asian American Youth


reviewed by John Lee ó 1998

coverTitle: Unraveling the "Model Minority" Stereotypes: Listening to Asian American Youth
Author(s): Stacey J. Lee
Publisher: Teachers College Press, New York
ISBN: 0807735094, Pages: , Year: 1996
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Unraveling the “Model Minority” Stereotype examines how students of Asian descent at Academic High (AH), a magnet public school in a large East Coast city, viewed themselves and others, and, how they felt about being stereotyped as model minorities. Lee begins with a discussion of how Asian Americans are stereotyped as model minorities who achieve academic and economic success through hard work and talent. She effectively criticizes the stereotype for suggesting that all people of Asian heritage experience success, thereby denying the poverty and lack of opportunities that many endure. Furthermore, she argues that the stereotype implies that equal opportunity exists for all people and, that it blames those who fail to achieve for not working hard enough, thus diverting attention away from the inequitable power structures in our society. By combining the voices of students with the writings of scholars fighting racism, Lee begins to unravel the stereotype that... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 99 Number 4, 1998, p. 785-787
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10291, Date Accessed: 12/13/2017 12:39:03 AM

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