Psychological Effects Of Asian Americans Of Being Stereotyped As Model Minority Citizens

2002 Words Dec 15th, 2016 9 Pages
The purpose of this research paper is to explore the psychological effects to Asian Americans of being stereotyped as model minority citizens. I am also interested in how the model minority myth impacts social interactions between Asian Americans and other Americans. The model minority myth is one of the most pervasive ethnic stereotypes in American culture. Research has shown that over ninety-nine percent of Asian American adolescents report an experience of being stereotyped as a model Asian. (Kiang, Witkow, & Thompson, 109) The stereotype views all Asians as intelligent, hard working, successful, well behaved, self-reliant and respectful, among other things. Despite the seemingly positive nature of the stereotype, I would expect there to be personal consequences to constantly being viewed through the lens of racial assumptions instead of being seen as an individual. What are the consequences for Asian Americans who cannot meet the incredibly high standards of the model minority myth? How do resentments of this stereotyping and the stresses of these expectations affect Asian American’s experience of being American? What are the realities of Asian American lives compared to the assumptions made by the model minority myth? The term model minority was originally mentioned in a New York Times Magazine article by sociologist William Peterson on January 9, 1966. (Zhang, 21) The title of the article was “Success Story, Japanese-American Style”. The term and its beliefs have…

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