the myth of the model minority: asian americans facing racism

Just heard about this new book, The Myth of the Model Minority: Asian Americans Facing Racism by Rosalind S. Chou and Joe R. Feagin. The book challenges the idea that most Asian Americans are relatively untouched by racism or focused on issues related to equity. Based on field interviews nationwide, the book describes the Asian American experience in schools, colleges, the workplace and public discourse.

Here's an interesting interview from Inside Higher Ed with co-author Rosalind S. Chou, who responded email questions about the book's findings about college students: The Myth of the Model Minority.

I know there's been a lot of attention and scrutiny on Asian American college students lately, in the media and elsewhere. I guess it's a hot topic right now. But to a lot of us, these issues are really nothing new. We know this is happening, and we're trying to do something about it.

For others—including many Asian Americans, believe it or not—this book is probably going to be eye-opening. Maybe even the title will come off as provocative. Surprise! Asians face racism too! Who knows? I haven't read it yet. The book will available on August 30. For more information, go here.

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