When Kathy Khang spoke at the Asian Heritage Lecture on Hope’s campus last week, she had a point to get across: the model minority myth is based on a limited stereotype and is damaging to Asian American rights and respect.
The model minority myth is based on the stereotype of Asian Americans as being a high-achieving, serious, polite and successful group of people.
“The minority myth flattens that to one story, one dimension,” she said.
“We are not one thing.”Khang also expressed concern that the myth can erase collective memories of racism against Asian Americans.
She worked closely with Malcolm X and sought to unite the Asian American rights movement with the black civil rights movement of the time.