daryl maeda

Has anyone read this? The history of Black people and Asian Americans being allies has been lost.

One possible answer could be found in the model minority myth. The myth, a decades-old stereotype, casts Asian-Americans as universally successful, and discourages others — even Asian-Americans themselves — from believing in the validity of their struggles. But as protests over Ferguson continue, it’s increasingly important to remember the purpose of the model minority narrative’s construction. The doctored portrayal, which dates to 1966, was intended to shame African-American activists whose demands for equal civil rights threatened a centuries-old white society.

“The model minority discourse has elevated Asian-Americans as a group that’s worked hard, using education to get ahead,” said Daryl Maeda, a professor of ethnic studies at the University of Colorado, Boulder. “But the reality is that it’s a discourse that intends to pit us against other people of color. And that’s a divide and conquer strategy we shouldn’t be complicit with.”

An important read. Thanks so much for the submission @lkeke35!


Black Power, Yellow Power, and the Making of Revolutionary Identities - Rychetta Watkins 

A Companion to Asian American Studies - Kent A. Ono

East Main Street: Asian American Popular Culture - Shilpa Davé, LeiLani Nishime, and Tasha G. Oren 

Koreans in the Hood: Conflict with African Americans - Kwang Chung Kim 

Relationships Among Asian American Women - Jean Lau Chin 

War Against the Panthers - Huey P. Newton 

Asian American Political Action - James S. Lai 

Rethinking the Asian American Movement - Daryl J. Maeda 

Yellow - Frank Wu