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When Asian Americans are called things like the “model minority,” we grow inextricably tied to our foreignness and fall victim to the cross-generational pressure to internalize these norms.

At the surface level, the model minority myth characterizes a minority group that is exalted above others for its comparatively high rates of socioeconomic success.

More often than not, the term “model minority” is construed not as an insult but as the valorization of the Asian American household.

At the heart of our discourse about Asian Americans is the belief that we still belong on another continent.

Ultimately, the first step to dispelling our permanent foreignness is to stop calling us the model minority.

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