In 2016, Twitter was the mecca of internet social justice activism. However, while #BlackLivesMatter, #LoveWins, and #YesAllWomen received millions of retweets, Asian social justice hashtags never received a fraction of the spotlight –paralleling the minuscule relevance America gives to Asian collective issues. (Sichynsky, 2016). On the other hand, when Asians do receive the spotlight, they are usually stereotypical and/or nonchalant.
Before engaging the stereotypes of ethnic East Asians, we must begin by acknowledging that stereotypes are false. Indeed, when someone accompanies their perception of people through stereotypes, they are distorting the truth. In relation to ethnic East Asian stereotypes, the first major “outbreak” of an Asian stereotype can be traced back to ancient Europe. Starting with the Huns, the “yellow peril” has haunted Western civilizations. In more recent times, Asians have been labeled as the “model minority,” perceived higher than African-Americans and Hispanic Americans yet lower than Caucasian Americans.
While copious research projects have focused on influences of stereotypes regarding non-Asian ethnicities, East Asian ethnic groups have only been the subject of few studies. In this project, I present the history of ethnic East Asian stereotypes and the results of those institutional typecasts on students. Additionally, methods to address the University of Kentucky’s inadequate support system for Asian students will be presented.
Although Asian Americans are the fastest-growing immigrant group in the United States, they have received less media attention than African Americans and Hispanics while still receiving the negative welcoming outgroups receive (see, for statis...
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...better than other stereotypes, stereotypes by definition are false for labeling an entire ethnic group according to certain attributes (Shim, 1998).
With a shift to engage in research with the Asian American society, recent studies have shown the fiction in the model minority stereotype (Suzuki 2002; Trytten, Lowe, & Walden, 2012; Poon-McBrayer 2011; Yeh 2002; Zhang 2010). Trytten, Lowe, & Walden (2012) provide the lack of correlation between Asian American engineering students’ academic performance and the ‘Asians are good at math’ stereotype (p. 1). Alongside expectations from the model minority stereotypes, non-stereotypical Asian American students and those with learning disabilities face double jeopardy as the stereotype works against them while also having other variables that separate them from “normal students” (Poon-McBrayer 2011; Yeh 2002; Zhang 2010).
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