Skip to content The problem with Andrew Yang’s reliance on model-minority jokes about math and Asian American doctors

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The model-minority myth refers to the perceived higher level of success of a community writ large.

Across outcomes — poverty, health care and more — there are stark differences within Asian American communities that the model minority myth elides.

ADADYang’s embrace of the model-minority myth extends beyond everyday rhetoric, also finding a home in his proposed policies.

We see this in Yang’s response to Shane Gillis, who has made homophobic and racist comments, particularly directed at Asian Americans, including Yang himself.

For every successful Asian American businessman Yang claims to represent, for every Asian American doctor Yang claims to know and for every proclamation of his love of math, Yang deepens the acceptance of the model-minority myth into the collective American consciousness.

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