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Given my Taiwanese origin and Asian-American identity, I should perhaps be flattered by the model minority account and accept it as a compliment.

By looking at the group as a whole, it is clear that Asian-Americans are actually not the model citizens that we are often portrayed to be.

According to some estimates, young Asian-Americans have a higher suicide rate than both African-Americans and Hispanics, and gambling addiction is a much more widespread problem among Asian-Americans than other ethnic groups.

Proponents of the term model minority suggest that others should emulate Asian-Americans because there is supposedly something desirable about the group’s typical behavior and life outcomes.

To sum up, if one looks at statistical averages, Asian-Americans as a whole do better than other ethnic groups on some metrics and do worse on others.

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