How to un-model a minority: A micro-syllabus on Asian American politics
Here’s how to teach — or learn — about this complex topic
While some people talk of Asian Americans as “honorary Whites,” the recent spike in violence against Asian Americans — including a gunman killing eight people, six of them women of Asian descent, at Atlanta-area spas — remind us that this group too can be marginalized and attacked. As Margaret M. Chin and Yung-Yi Diana Pan explained here at TMC recently, the “model minority” myth is part of the problem.
So how do you un-model a minority? That requires understanding this population’s immense diversity and its complex place in the nation’s efforts to repair its racist past.