Why the Model Minority is a Myth: Debunking Stereotypes of Asian American Students

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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

12:00 PM

1:00 PM

Pleasants Family Room

Asian Americans are often believed to be studious, successful, smart, good in science and math – a model minority who excel in education. However, this portrait of perfection is a stereotype, one that despite its positive overtones has damaging ramifications for Asian Americans and other students of color. The model minority myth pits students of color against each other and ignores the reality of systemic racism that Asian American students continue to encounter in and out of academia. We will discuss just why the model minority is a myth, other problematic stereotypes of Asian American students, and how to address these for Asian American students (undergraduate and graduate alike) at UNC.

Presented by Jennifer Ho, PhD. The daughter of a refugee father from China and an immigrant mother from Jamaica, Jennifer Ho is a Professor in the Department of English & Comparative Literature at UNC Chapel Hill, where she teaches courses in Asian American literature, multi-ethnic American literature, contemporary American literature, and race is general.

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