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amst key terms - Finals Term List Model Minority Myth In...

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Model Minority Myth: In 1966, William Peterson wrote an article in a New York magazine that stated the intensity of African Americans and Latinos that were demanding help from the government. He compared these groups to the Japanese that were very successful at the time and did not need government assistance in order to maintain stability. He said that all other minority groups should follow their example of being the model minority and that Asians had the right culture to succeed. In the 1980’s Asian immigrants were coming were coming in with higher family incomes than all other minority groups while manufacturing jobs were disappearing and being replaced by lower-paid, un-skilled labor in the inner cities. This greatly affected the African American community while Latinos were often taking these jobs but still struggled for survival. It was the only minority group at the time was no longer coming in at a working class level but as competitors in the business field. In addition, many of the newly arrived Asians were no longer settling in the inner cities but were moving straight into suburban areas. An example of this would be through Saito’s depiction of Monterey Park, “the Chinese Beverly Hills.” What then occurred was white flight because of all the newly owned Asian businesses. Thus, creating an involuntary form of residential segregation. In the 1980’s-1990s, Monterey Park became the center piece fro anti-immigrant sentiment along with the first city to have an Asian majority (1980’s). The dominant culture viewed the Asians as intruders and a competition that threatened their dominance. Therefore, this economic success did not always equal acceptance. This anti-immigrant rhetoric was also played out in the LA uprising with the burning of many Korean businesses. This was a heightened tension that was backboned by anti- immigrant sentiment. Atlantic Square Mall: The building of the Atlantic Square mall was developed by Bob Champion and was intended to recapture tax dollars. In the process of a new redevelopment, architecture and restaurants were talked about. The discussion over the architecture took place in the 1980’s when the majority of the population was Asian. However, they wanted to elevate the Latino past of Los Angeles and incorporate a Latino history. The purpose of this was to focus on something other than an Asian history, therefore elevating the anti-immigrant rhetoric towards Asians and making Latinos a closer subject to the white mainstream population. This division of classes from Latinos and Asians elevated one group versus the other. However, what occurred was that they started with a Mexican theme, then Spanish and ended with Mediterranean which was far off from the history of Monterey Park who first invited the arrivals of the Japanese. What it did do was stratify a European connection against the ethnic minorities of Monterey Park. As a result, it created a racial hierarchy that evoked privileges on behalf of the whites. This continued to place whites above the ethnic
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course AMST 101 taught by Professor Gualtieri during the Fall '08 term at USC.

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