Model Minority

Model Minority - Asians have been migrating to the United...

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Asians have been migrating to the United States for over 100 years, coming from numerous countries such as Japan, China, Vietnam, Korea, and the Philippines. Many Asians were rooted by war or pushed to America by fear of starvation, death, and political persecution. Asian Americans in general and Chinese and Japanese Americans in particular are “model minorities”: successful, affluent, highly educated people who do not suffer from the problems usually associated with minority group status (chap 8 pg# 201). The concept of model minority refers to a minority ethnic, racial or religious group whose members achieve a higher degree of success than another ethnic minority. The success of the group is related to other factors like: income, education, crime rate, family and stability in the social community. It is true that many Asian cultures, like China and Japan, have traditionally placed a very high value on education. However, Asians have historically used education to create an intellectual caste system. Those who proved themselves went on to receive more education, while those who failed were relegated to menial labor. Higher education was not a universal right, but a test of caste membership. About 24% of Chinese Americans have a graduate degree, but 23% have less than high school diploma (chap 8 pg # 220).
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