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Talk: The Model Minority Debate in the US: A Current Perspective
 
 
Date: 16 December 2010 
 

American Studies Programme, School of Modern Languages and Cultures has the pleasure of inviting you to the following talk:

The Model Minority Debate in the US: A Current Perspective

Gordon Slethaug
Visiting Professor, English Studies, University of Southern Denmark.

Date: 16 December, 2010 (Thursday)
Time: 4:30 - 6:30 pm
Place: KKLG101, K.K.Leung Building

Abstract:
In 1882, the United States implemented the Chinese Exclusion Act, the first systemic governmental exclusion of Asians.  With certain adjustments, a ban on Asians lasted until 1965 when the Hart-Celler Act opened the doors to large-scale immigration.  Only one year later, the New York Times and the U.S. News and World Report printed articles about the Chinese and Japanese comprising the model minority, a recognition that initially received a muted response from the Asian community who were flattered to some degree but recognized that this was another stereotype and knew they were being used as a weapon in the battle over Civil Rights.  This label grew highly contentious in the '80s and '90s with a flurry of articles denouncing the stereotype, but as Chinese, Japanese, and Filipinos became more assimilated, entered universities in greater numbers, and earned higher salaries than their white or black counterparts, the label not only began to describe this group of Asians but may actually have attracted other Asians to the U.S.-including Koreans and Indians, who helped to turn the myth into a reality.  This paper will review the model-minority debate and assess it from a recent educational, work, and financial perspective.

All are welcome. No registration is required.

For enquiries, please contact Ms. Cice Chan (cice@hku.hk / 2219 4403).

 
 
     
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