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For Asian Americans, those issues are compounded by discrimination and the “model minority” stereotype.

What’s more, Asian Americans experience far greater discrimination since the coronavirus was first detected in China.

But because of the model-minority stereotype, Asian Americans are assumed to be “OK” during a pandemic that has ravaged many communities.

That goes against the stereotype that Asian Americans are all of “high socioeconomic class,” she said.

Takasaki said outsiders believing that Asian Americans are OK right now could hamper their ability to keep the virus from devastating their communities.

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