why the “model minority myth” is dangerous via may-lee #super-asian #jeffyang #modelminority
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The fantastical, unicornlike super-Asian depicted in the breathless statistics in the media may not exist. Our Tao Jones columnist tells us why.
Love this essay by Jeff Yang. He shows exactly why the “model minority myth” is dangerous. quote: “the tragic history of antisemitism teaches us how this kind of ethnic admiration is but one face of a coin that can flip all too quickly to its uglier side.
“Minority groups that are perceived to have obtained disproportionate success provoke envy, misdirected scapegoating and ultimately, a bloody backlash. That’s especially the case when the minority group is one that is phenotypically obvious — and even more so when that phenotype ties them to countries that are in direct geopolitical rivalry with ours.”