Topic | Japanese Americans

The Origins of the Asian American Model Minority Myth

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Historian Ellen Wu’s The Color of Success: Asian Americans and the Origins of the Model Minority just might be the best examination of the roots of the model minority stereotype in print. More than just a connect-the-dots documentation of the rise of the model minority myth, The Color of Success succeeds at putting the myth […]

The Rubenfeld-Chua Hoohah

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The controversy generated by Amy Chua and Jed Rubenfeld’s new book The Triple Package is one of the more annoying non-news events of the year.  This past weekend alone, the book was covered by the New York Times in their Book Review insert and the widely read Sunday Magazine. In spite of all of the […]

What LGBT America Can Learn From Asian American History

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The growing number of states legalizing same-sex marriages has many in the LGBT community convinced that full assimilation is inevitable. But as an Asian American gay man, I’m unconvinced that assimilation for the whole LGBT community is inevitable or even possible, nor that simply being assimilated is even desirable. Now, don’t get me wrong, I […]