Modern Societal Impacts of the Model Minority Stereotype

Modern Societal Impacts of the Model Minority Stereotype

Nicholas Daniel Hartlep (Illinois State University, USA)
Indexed In: PsycINFO®, SCOPUS
Release Date: January, 2015|Copyright: © 2015 |Pages: 403|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-7467-7
ISBN13: 9781466674677|ISBN10: 1466674679|EISBN13: 9781466674684
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The model minority stereotype is a form of racism that targets Asians and Asian-Americans, portraying this group as consistently hard-working and academically successful. Rooted in media portrayal and reinforcement, the model minority stereotype has tremendous social, ethical, and psychological implications.

Modern Societal Impacts of the Model Minority Stereotype highlights current research on the implications of the model minority stereotype on American culture and society in general as well as Asian and Asian-American populations. An in-depth analysis of current social issues, media influence, popular culture, identity formation, and contemporary racism in American society makes this title an essential resource for researchers, educational administrators, professionals, and upper-level students in various disciplines.

Topics Covered

The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Cultural Formation
  • Discrimination
  • Ethnic Studies
  • Media and Racism
  • Popular Culture
  • Self-Identity and Racism
  • Social Justice

Reviews and Testimonials

Scholars of education and other social sciences explore the model minority stereotype of Asians and Asian Americans. Their topics include positive Asian stereotypes and supportive communication for Asian college students, the intersection of the Asian American model minority myth and sport, an alternative look at the adjustment of Asian international students in American higher education, Korean American college students learning their heritage language for contesting the model minority stereotype, side effects of the model minority stereotype on Asian immigrants in the US, and the model minority narrative and its effect on Asian American identity and social status.

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This is an important book that gives us excellent insights into why it is not always good to be seen as model minority. The research and theory of the chapters are at a high level and provide insights to almost anyone who reads the book, despite how much they already know (or think they know). In addition to references, each chapter has “Key Terms and Definitions” at the end, which help explain the meaning of technical terms as well as more common words. This book can help scholars and laypersons better understand the damaging consequences of positive stereotypes. It could be used as a supplemental textbook in ethnic studies, cultural anthropology, sociology, social psychology, social problems, history, and education courses.

– Russell Eisenman, PhD, University of Georgia, USA

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Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

Nicholas Daniel Hartlep is an Assistant Professor of Educational Foundations at Illinois State University, where he teaches courses on the Social and Cultural Foundations of Education. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Urban Educational Doctoral Program. He is the author of The Model Minority Stereotype: Demystifying Asian American Success (2013), editor of The Model Minority Stereotype Reader: Critical and Challenging Readings for the 21st Century (2014), co-editor of Unhooking from Whiteness: The Key to Dismantling Racism in the United States (2013), and co-editor of the forthcoming Killing the Model Minority Stereotype: Asian American Counterstories and Complicity. His research has been published in Equity and Excellence in Education, The Journal of Educational Foundations, and Educational Studies. His website, The Model Minority Stereotype Project, is a leading resource for locating research and writing on the stereotype of Asians/Asian Americans.