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Jeff Yang in WSJ deconstructs “model minority” & “New Jews” stereotypes of Asian Americans

The “model minority” myth applied to Asian Americans has been a persistent trope since the phrase’s first use in 1965 by a sociologist in a New York Times column that used it to face off Japanese Americans against African Americans. The not-so-subtle underlying message was, look at this Asian minority, they went through hell during […]

The myth of Asian Americans as the “model minority”

Stereotypes sometimes are based on a kernel of truth, but they’re twisted and blown out of proportion and used out of context. Sometimes, stereotypes can even be “good” in that they’re not negative images. But trust me, a stereotype is still a stereotype. It’s a generalization that’s not universally true, and even the good ones […]

Why Harold and Kumar are important, as embarassing as they are

The characters Harold and Kumar, played by APA actors John Cho and Kal Penn, are like embarassing uncles who fart in public and cuss and tell stupid jokes. In fact, in lots of ways, Harold and Kumar are stupid jokes. But like those uncles, you have to embrace them when you see them, even though […]