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Explore the the use of this term “Model Minority” to describe Asian American communities.

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Model Minority

noun

A minority group whose members are perceived to achieve a higher degree of socioeconomic success than the population average.

One phrase. Many interpretations.  

Explore the the use of this term “Model Minority” to describe Asian American communities from three unique and differing points of view.

What I Hear When You Say

Model Minority: A Racial Stereotype

Aired: 2017-03-16 0:54 Rating: NR

Advocate Christopher Punongbayan’s explains how racial prejudices unfold.

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What do you hear when someone uses the term "model minority?" How do achievements and challenges of Asian-American and Pacific Islander-American individuals get lost in racial stereotypes? Use the hashtag #WhatIHearPBS to share your thoughts.

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