Asian Americana: The Invention of the Model Minority Stereotype
Ellen D. Wu
Asian Americana: The Invention of the Model Minority Stereotype

You know the “model minority” story: Asian Americans as assimilated, professional, quiet. Ellen Wu‘s new book The Color of Success shows that this wasn’t just a chance myth, but a concerted effort of liberal journalists, government officials, and scientists to create a narrative to combat and control the black liberation struggles, a Japanese population liberated from camps, and America’s ongoing warfare.

Her presentation will be joined by a screening of some archival footage used in her research, in order to imagine the world of 1940s-60s Americana that fostered the model minority image.

Ellen D. Wu is assistant professor of history at Indiana University, Bloomington.

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Asian Americana: The Invention of the Model Minority Stereotype

Ellen D. Wu
Thursday, October 30, 2014
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th St 6th Floor
New York
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