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Anecdotally, Asian American reporters are experiencing racial slurs that they haven’t heard since grade school, and an Asian American member of Congress is fearful for his own safety.

Racial equality, even for seemingly high-status model minority groups, is not something that unfolds automatically with the passage of time.

But this model minority mythology simplifies and distorts the experiences of Asian people in this country.

These data are an illustration of how model minority mythology shapes American perceptions of Asian people in the U.S.

This high-status, model minority, conception of Asian-Americans is accompanied by a second common distortion—one of foreignness.

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