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Since its introduction in popular media more than a half century ago, the term “model minority” has often been used to refer to a minority group perceived as particularly successful, especially in a manner that contrasts with other minority groups.

The model minority argument, however, is not without controversy and has earned the labels of stereotype and myth as critics have taken aim at both its premises and conclusions.

What’s more, that diversity has direct implications for the very indicators touted as success stories under the model minority rationale.

The model minority argument often privileges generalizations based on surface-level analysis at the expense of more-refined and nuanced investigation.

Variance—and disparity—within the Asian American community demonstrate where the model minority myth may fall flat.

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