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Model Minority: Do The Math

By award-winning producing team, telly awardTeja Arboleda and Darby Li Po Price.
Telly Award winner!
Aired first on
our presenting station, WSBE - Rhode Island, then on many PBS stations around the country.
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Model Minority: Do the Math reveals the impact of the model minority myth on the experiences and perspectives of Asian American college students. The myth is a complex and contradictory stereotype of Asian Americans as academic over-achievers. While many believe the stereotype is positive, it causes many problems. Asian Americans are overlooked for affirmative action and academic assistance. Tracked by parents, counselors, and social expectations to excel in math-intensive fields, despite their preferences, they struggle to balance personal goals and mental health.

The myth diverts attention from systematic structural racism by emphasizing individualism, and pitting Asian Americans against other groups. Viewed as too competitive and taking over colleges, Asian Americans face racial resentment, discrimination, and hate crimes. Model Minority overcomes misconceptions of Asian American students.

Model Minority timely coincides with national priorities and debates on how to increase educational performance and economic participation. It engages school reform, equal opportunity, multiculturalism, race, parenting, and democracy.

This story compares the experiences and perspectives of Asian American college students, faculty, and staff of various ethnic backgrounds in Boston, Chicago, Berkeley and Oakland. In Chicago and Boston, Asian American students and communities are less numerous, and less integrated into campus curriculum and life than in Berkeley and Oakland. The narrator will reveal connections between personal stories and the myth.

Outcomes: To increase understanding of how the model minority myth impacts Asian Americans. Increase knowledge of the diversity of AA experiences, viewpoints, aspirations, abilities, and needs. Include Asian Americans in debates about educational reform, equal opportunity, and affirmative action.

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