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By Sarah CR ClarkJill Rode, who identifies herself as an Asian American, is pastor at St. Anthony Park Lutheran Church.

Her wife is also a pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).

I’ve been reminded that, as an Asian American in the Lutheran church, there isn’t a space carved out for me.

This model minority stereotype is particularly harmful to Asian Americans because it sets up an impossible standard: that all Asian Americans are hard-working and well educated and, therefore, self-sufficient.

So, those struggling with poverty, homelessness or mental illness go unpublicized because it is assumed that all Asian Americans have their stuff together.

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