Asian American

After studying Asian Americans as one of the minorities in the United States, I find it fascinating to know that they are considered and become the “model minorities” of this country.  I admit that I have little knowledge of what they have been through since they came here more than a hundred years ago.  The Chinese were pulled to the West Coast of the United States because of the Gold Rush in 1849, but this country also banned the Chinese immigration after WWII.  The Japanese Americans on the other hand were put in the relocation camps during WWII after the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941.  The Japanese Americans lost everything they had worked for. It is just unbelievable to know that after all of these experiences, these people as well as other groups in Asia become the model minority of this country.  Although the issue of racial discrimination will always continue, this country also acknowledges the values of all races outside the dominant race.  Asian Americans may continue to be a minority race, but they will also continue to enjoy what this country offers to everybody. 

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2 Responses to Asian American

  1. toaquhay says:

    I have a couple of thoughts about how “easily” Asian Americans have been able to assimilate into the dominant culture.

    -If you approach an Asian American from behind, there is a pretty good chance that you will not be able to tell that they are a different “race”. There are exceptions of course. Asian Indians you could probably tell with a good consistency. The fact that there is even a slight hesitation about the individual’s true race goes along way towards blind acceptance. What I mean by that is, there is still an underlying racial tension that will never go away. I am not saying everybody is racist, but racism still exists. So the if we walk up behind somebody of a different color, there may be some slight hesitation as to the individual’s feelings toward that “race”. Asian Americans can quite easily pass as white for skin color, but there are some facial features that are more common to that group; though, the physical features can exist within any “racial” group.

    -There was not a significant protest movement by this group. With African-Americans, you have the Gandhi approach and the Black Power movement. Hispanics you have the (…)I don’t have my book by me so I don’t want to misspell the name of the movement . American Indians you have the Red power movement. Yes, the Japanese developed the Japanese American Council League, but that was not entirely a protest movement in the traditional sense. When there was considerable racism directed at the Asian Americans, the Asian Americans simply withdrew from view and sustain without being apart of the Dominant culture. After Japanese Americans were free from the interment camps, they took advantage of the shift within their own group and went after education and greater occupational opportunities. The action they took against their wrongful interment was done in the court rooms, not in the streets. This is a substantial difference between other protest movements of that era.

    With those two examples, that is why I feel they are considered the model minorities. Although that title is ridiculous in itself. The other minority groups were fashioned in a much different fashion.

  2. kyliph says:

    Thank you for your thoughts. I agree with what you said. It is hard to identfy Asians because some of them look like the dominant group but others are not. There seems to have a sub category of race under the Asian race becausse they have different facial features and they speak different languages. What I find impressive about this Asian race is that eventhough they speak in different languages and came from different cultures with different religions, they manage to improve themselves (on their own ways) that make the Asian race a so called “model minority”.

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