How Asian Americans Became The Model Minority

AAPI Rally Not Your Model Minority sign
Hundreds gathered at Horner Park on Chicago’s Northwest Side to honor the victims of last week’s mass shootings in Atlanta, Georgia. Multiracial and multiethnic speakers — all women — urged solidarity and a unified fight against racism. Katherine Nagasawa / WBEZ
AAPI Rally Not Your Model Minority sign
Hundreds gathered at Horner Park on Chicago’s Northwest Side to honor the victims of last week’s mass shootings in Atlanta, Georgia. Multiracial and multiethnic speakers — all women — urged solidarity and a unified fight against racism. Katherine Nagasawa / WBEZ

How Asian Americans Became The Model Minority

Smart, wealthy, law-abiding people, also known as the “model minority” — that’s how Asian Americans have been portrayed throughout history. But this false narrative is much more complicated and damaging than it seems.

Reset talks with two professors of history on the origin of the model minority myth and how it impacted Asian Americans growing up in the U.S and other minority communities.

GUEST: Ellen Wu, author of The Color of Success and associate professor of Asian American studies at Indiana University Bloomington

Young Richard Kim, associate professor of history and classics & Mediterranean studies at University of Illinois, Chicago