Model Minority: Do The Math
Telly Award winner!
Airing nationwide on Public Television (PBS), on WORLD, reaching 65 markets, representing about 58% of US TV households. Also, the film will be available to all PBS stations to air independently, via the National Educational Telecommunications Association, in conjunction with Rhode Island Public Television. DVD now available!
PBS - WORLD (2013)
Current air dates - two are primetime:
Sunday, June 23 at 9:30pm ET
Monday, June 24 at 1:30am ET (10:30pm Pacific Time on June 23)
Monday, June 24 9:30am ET
And for Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month, Boston, Masschusetts May air date is:
Sunday, May 26 at 7:30pm.
PBS Nationwide Feed Date (2013):
NOLA Code: MMDM 00K1
Program Title: MODEL MINORITY: Do the Math
Feed date/Time: Saturday April 27, 2013 @ 1300-1330ET/SD07 *Feed-For-Record*
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.
Contact your local PBS station and ask them to air this documentary. You can also copy/paste this information and send it through your local PBS station website's contact page:
NOLA Code: MMDM 00K1
Model Minority Myth - Workshops
In conjunction with using the documentary in the classroom, consider having us facilitate discussion on your campus or workplace.
Continue the discussion on our FaceBook page, Model Minority Myth Buster here.
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