Asian immigrants work hard, study hard, pay their taxes and don’t ask for welfare: this is how they are seen in the popular imagination in immigrant countries across the Western world. In short, they are the ‘model minority’ but it hasn’t always been this way.
How does this apparently positive perception cover much internal difference within the ‘Asian’ community, and hide continuing discrimination asks Christina Ho in her review essay on Ellen Wu’s book The Color of Success: Asian Americans and the Origins of the Model Minority.
Read this review in the Australian Review of Public Affairs (475).
Title: The Color of Success: Asian Americans and the Origins of the Model Minority
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Date Published: 2014
Author: Ellen D. Wu
Image: book cover