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“[It was] not just the notion that all Asian Americans are successful or high skilled or high income, but also to contrast Asian Americans with African Americans and to hold Asian Americans up as models,” Ramakrishnan told NBC News.

This phenomenon, what Ramakrishnan calls “model minority framing,” presents its own host of problems.

It wasn’t until high school, Mandalaparthy added, that he became conscious of the model minority concept.

Doing so, they argue, can better target resources among AAPIs while dismantling the model minority myth.

But with the model minority label, she added, taking that very first step is often the most difficult.

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