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Latest Speaker says ‘model minority’ stereotype created to suppress civil rights leaders, diversity in Asian community

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University of Wisconsin professor of educational policy studies Stacey Lee hopes to bring change to stigmatized Asian American groups which are affected by the model minority stereotype.

Along with creating a void between people of color, Lee said the model minority stereotype showcased Asian Americans as making their own future better.

Economic success is not the same across the board within the Asian American minority, Lee said.

“And thus they perpetuate the stereotype.”Lee’s book, “Unraveling the Model Minority Stereotype: Listening to Asian American Youth,” was first published in 1996 and had a second edition published in 2009 because she felt this issue is still relevant in society today.

“Study hard and get the grades you get, but fight racism,” Lee said.

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