model minority - Everyone knows how harmful negative labels...

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Everyone knows how harmful negative labels can be, but few people consider the damage caused by so-called ‘positive’ stereotypes. The portrayal of Asians as model minorities is seen throughout the media, in magazines, television, and movies. In popular culture, Asians are always depicted as smart, hard working, and achievement-oriented, a reputation that has become the expectation of other, non-Asian Americans. Many may not think this would have a negative impact, but the popular opinion is wrong when applied to Asians. “Those Asian-American Whiz kids” is the title of an article that graced the front of Time Magazine in August of 1987, along with a colorful picture of six Asian children. The article goes on to explain how Asians set the bar for all other students. With titles like this on the cover of a magazine read by millions, the stereotype is no surprise. Being labeled a “model minority” does not help the Asian population. It leads to a cultural expectation that Asians have to be smarter and more hardworking than the general populace. Time Magazine is a very well-known and respectable source of information, and Americans have no reason to doubt it. Because of articles like this, Asians are held to
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