Essay on An Asian Immigrant Growing Up From The United States

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As an Asian immigrant growing up in the United States I found it hard to live up to the standards that the American society imposes on the Asian American community. The notion of a “model minority” has been thrown around our culture since the day it was coined in 1966 sparking a prejudice that colored the Asian American people in a specific light—one that can be argued to be bad and, at the same time, good for the community. (Linshi) We were seen as this group of people that were successful economically but also as as a group people deemed to have been push-overs. We were labeled as the community that were able to navigate through economic hardship by being quiet and submissive. All the stereotypes of what an Asian can and can’t be started to develop a cage around the minds of growing Asian American children for generations to come. The pressures of growing up and being Asian American in a society that expects you to be docile and meek while at the same time achieving high academic success places a limit on the possibilities of growth in young Asian American children.
“Years ago… they used to think you were Fu Manchu or Charlie Chan. Then they thought you must own a laundry or restaurant. Now they think all we know how to do is sit in front of a computer.” –Virginia Kee
In 1987 a few Asian Americans were asked to speak about their perception of their race for TIME’s magazine. Virginia Kee was a 55-year-old high school teacher in 1987 when she voiced her opinion about the…

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