There’s an unspoken rule in my family — and likely in other Asian American households — that we don’t discuss controversial issues at the dinner table.
While their opinions aren’t necessarily reflective of the entire Asian American community, the general sentiments expressed within these messages are more common than we think.
According to this myth, Asian Americans are polite, law-abiding, hard-working individuals who have overcome the odds to lead prosperous lives in the United States.
Socialized by our families and society, we were led to unconditionally accept the “model minority” myth as the truth.
If you’re having trouble broaching this subject, one article from the Huffington Post details accounts from other Asian Americans talking to their parents about anti-Black racism.