This book of structured activities for use in teaching about culture, ethnicity and diversity comprises easy-to-use classroom and training exercises that are both engaging to participants and effective as learning tools. The contributors offer tools to those teachers and trainers who strive to increase understanding of and communication between ethnic and racial groups. The book is arranged so that users may easily draw upon the activities to involve students and bring abstract concepts into the realm of the students' own experiences.
Chapter 18: Asian Americans and the Model Minority Myth
Asian Americans and the Model Minority Myth
Asian Americans have been touted as the “model minority” group. High levels of educational attainment and a strong work ethic contribute to the upward mobility of many members of this racial group. In addition, it is commonly perceived that other cultural values help Asian Americans adjust and assimilate to American society with ease. They are perceived as an economic and social success in American society. Yet the levels of success attained by many members of this group are not shared by all Asian Americans. Despite the diversity in experience, stereotypes about success are extended to all Asian Americans. They are perpetuated in the model minority myth.
The Asian American population is quite ...