About the same time that Asian Americans were climbing the socioeconomic ladder, they also experienced a major shift in their public image.
At the outset of the 20th century, Asian Americans had often been portrayed as threatening, exotic and degenerate.
Newspapers often glorified Asian Americans as industrious, law-abiding citizens who kept their heads down and never complained.
By the 1960s, anxieties about the civil right movement caused white Americans to further invest in positive portrayals of Asian Americans.
WU: America in general has had very limited ways of thinking about Asian Americans.