The term “model minority” debuted in a 1966 New York Times Magazine article by sociologist William Petersen, who wrote a “success story” of Japanese-Americans.
By aligning Chinese-Americans with prototypical American values and presenting Japanese-Americans as alien and treasonous, the “model minority” became American.
ADADSo how might this origin story of “model minority” help us make sense of the politics of college admission policy today?
More important, the “model minority” label legitimized structural inequality in the U.S.
Once again, the “model minority” myth favors those for whom it was invented — the white and the wealthy.