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Paper Dolls: Can’t Concentrate. Better than Britney Spears!

“Can’t Concentrate” is PaperDoll’s fourth official music video. The track was produced by Meteor Award Winner Michael Moloney and is available on itunes, amazon, and all major online retailers.  The multi-cultural group is currently featured in a NIKE campaign airing in Greater China.  Fronted by Chinese American Teresa Lee, PaperDoll is known for their uninhibited, high-energy live shows.

The video features the best of New York’s “hooper” (hula hooper) talent and was filmed in Navatman dance studio in Midtown Manhattan. PaperDoll is quickly gaining a reputation for finding the best in emerging subcutlures and talent. Past videos have featured underground animator Richmond Lee, Japanese director Tomoyuki Kato, and hip hop video director Court Dunn.

Back from their six-city, seventeen-show tour of China, indie pop band PaperDoll releases their latest music video for single “Can’t Concentrate“.


The unintended consequences of racial preferences

image from American Civil Rights Institute

… what if many of the minorities used in this process[Affirmative Action] are injured by it? 

In six devastating words, the Heriot-Kirsanow-Gaziano brief distills the case against the “diversity” rationale for racial preferences: “Minority students are not public utilities.”

Now, it seems, that Affirmative Action action hurts the very minorities that it was created to assist. And not just Asian Americans, who have been hurt by racial quotas at top colleges and universities that served as an invisible “upper quota” keeping qualified applicants OUT based on race alone. So it seemed the beef with Affirmative Action was limited to Asian Americans and only with regard to college admissions. And we were unwilling to fight the good fight. But not anymore. Will the rules change if African-Americans are affected negatively by Affirmative Action? There’s change in the air … and it’s just a matter of time until this outdated policy gets rewritten for the new millennium.

And for the record, the policy should be based on socio-economics and not on race. Race is outdated, people. Let’s get with the program.

Here are some quotes from the article:

  • The Supreme Court faces a discomfiting decision. If it chooses, as it should, to hear a case concerning racial preferences in admissions at the University of Texas, the court will confront evidence of its complicity in harming the supposed beneficiaries of preferences the court has enabled and encouraged.
  • … institutions of higher education have a First Amendment right — academic freedom — to use race as one “plus” factor when shaping student bodies to achieve viewpoint diversity. Thus began the “educational benefits” exception to the Constitution’s guarantee of equal protection of the laws.
  • Liberals would never stoop to stereotyping, but they say minorities necessarily make distinctive — stereotypical? — contributions to viewpoint diversity, conferring benefits on campus culture forever.
  • In 2003, when the court ruled on two cases arising from University of Michigan undergraduate and law school racial-preference policies, the court contributed more confusion than clarity. It struck down the undergraduate policies as too mechanistic in emphasizing race but upheld the law school’s pursuit of educational benefits from a “critical mass” of certain approved minorities.
  • Sander and Taylor report: “Research suggests a similar pattern nationally; scholars have found that the use of large racial preferences by elite colleges has the effect of reducing diversity at second-tier schools.”
  • Another study showed that even if eliminating racial preferences in law schools would mean 21 percent fewer black matriculants, there would still be no reduction in the number of blacks who graduate and pass the bar exam.
  • There are fewer minorities entering high-prestige careers than there would be if preferences were not placing many talented minority students in inappropriate, and discouraging, academic situations: “Many would be honor students elsewhere. But they are subtly being made to feel as if they are less talented than they really are.”
  •  … diversity bureaucracies on campuses will continue to use minority students as mere means to other people’s ends, injuring minorities by treating them as ingredients that supposedly enrich the academic experience of others.

The full article bu By George F. Will, published November 30, 2011, is here.



B-Boy Instant Noodles’ Chuck Maa in Monster Energy Drink Commercial

Monster Energy Drink starring Chuck Maa from Instant Noodles crew. Directed by Steven Butler. Choreography also by Steven Butler. I am happy to see Chuck Maa depicted as the guy who can compete in a street tough club scene and get the girl! How about you? Is this commercial breaking new ground? Please leave a comment!

 In hopes of impressing a girl, an unlikely b-boy breaks the only rule at an underground hip-hop dance club.

Asian Americans for Affirmative Action

Affirmative Action, Asian, Asians, Asian Americans,There are two sides to every point of view and this is the side of Asian Americans who are in favor of Affirmative Action. Which side are you on? This article is from The Nation. The full article is here. Bullet points below.

Asian Americans for Affirmative Action

The Nation on January 8, 2007 – 5:09 PM ET
  • Sunday’s NYT Education supplement ran a cover story by Timothy Egan about Asian Americans and affirmative action. Focusing on UC Berkeley — where Asians have grown to 41% of the student body since Proposition 209 banned racial preferences in 1997 — Egan observes that the end of affirmative action and the implementation of a “pure meritocracy” in admissions spells hugely disproportionate numbers of Asians at elite colleges and drastic shortages of Hispanics and African Americans. Berkeley, he concludes somewhat ominously, is the future of higher education.
  • Asian Americans comprise roughly 5% of the US population but represent anywhere from 13-40% of undergraduates at many top schools: 27% at MIT, 24% at Stanford, 17% at UT Austin, 13% at Columbia, 37% in the UC system as a whole and so forth. In contrast, only 3.6% of Berkeley’s freshman class are African American and only 11% are Hispanic — way below state population levels.
  • Egan’s right about the numbers, but he misses the mark on many other measures. First, he underplays the differences between “brain drain” Asian Americans and more recent, less affluent, less educated Asian immigrants.
  • Egan cites a 2005 study by Thomas J. Espenshade and Chang Y. Chung that finds that, without affirmative action, Asians (and not whites) would fill the vast majority (80%) of spots reserved for African Americans and Hispanics at elite universities.
  • …despite the possibility that Asian Americans may be the group most “disadvantaged” by affirmative action, they consistently, vigorously and overwhelmingly support it at the polls.
  •  Why do we continue to support a policy that apparently “harms” us? One answer is that it doesn’t, at least not always and not equally. Connerly and his minions — who have anti-affirmative action initiatives brewing in Arizona, Colorado, Missouri and Nebraska — have focused their message almost exclusively on admissions, and not on public employment and state contracts, even though affirmative action applies to those arenas as well, arenas in which Asian Americans are often underrepresented.
  • But racial group interest aside, I have a hunch that Asian Americans support affirmative action because the legacy of discrimination against Asians — from the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 to Japanese internment to the crucifixion of Wen Ho Lee to post-9/11 roundups of brown folk — is seared into our collective memory.
  • The last question I’ll raise is: What’s up with white people? If abolishing affirmative action would gain whites little in the admissions game (and then mostly to the ruling class of whites) and if Asian Americans reap most of the benefits of what Egan calls a “pure meritocracy,” then why is it that only white people as a group vote to end affirmative action?
  • If Berkeley is indeed the future of America, then neither maintaining nor abolishing affirmative action will preserve this American future as a white refuge. But keeping (and restoring) affirmative action will provide, however imperfectly, space for not just the yellow, but also for the brown, the red and the black.

Hot Pot! With Recipe for Taiwanese Hot Pot!

Taiwanese Hot Pot

For many Americans, holidays brings to mind traditional meals including ham, roast turkey, gingerbread houses and dozens of cookies.  These are definitely part of my Taiwanese-American family’s holiday repertoire.  But as with other American customs and holidays, my family also included distinctively Asian food in our celebrations.  During holidays and other special occasions, my family would break out an electric skillet and prepare for a meal of what my mother Americanized for us as “tabletop cooking.”  I didn’t know until years later that this already had an English name, hot pot.  It is still a meal my family enjoys when we get together, though now that my parents are getting less enthusiastic about all the prep work, we are more likely to enjoy this communal meal at a restaurant than at home.

Chinese hot pot or huo guo  literally translates as “firepot.”  It has existed for over 1000 years in China, and is thought to be of Mongolian derivation.  This is probably a myth, as hot pot is not a part of modern Mongolian cuisine.  It originated somewhere in Southern China, and spread to Northern China during the Tang Dynasty (AD 618-906).  From China, this meal has spread in many variations in different Asian cultures.  I grew up eating the Taiwanese version, which involves a clear pork or chicken broth as a base, and various meats, seafood, tofu, vegetables and noodles as the ingredients.  Similar versions are Japanese shabu-shabu and what is called Steamboat in Singapore and Malaysia.

Hot pot is basically a meal of choose-your-own-ingredients, which each diner/cook adds to the bubbling communal broth.  The best part is making your own dipping sauce.  In Taiwan, a raw egg is combined with Sa Cha sauce (a soy and seafood flavored “barbecue” sauce) and/or soy sauce,  but you can also add chilies, minced garlic, cilantro, scallions, and any other variety of savories, to your taste.  People can get very creative with the sauce making.

The most distinctive variation of hot pot is served in Southwestern China, in Sichuan and Yunnan Provinces.  I worked for some time in Sichuan, and during my first week there was treated to the local specialty, Ma-La (numb-spicy) hot pot.  Rather than a clear broth, this is a thick, puree-like sauce which reminds me of Mexican mole (with chiles and ground sesame seeds common to both), and gets its name from the Sichuan hua jao (flower pepper), which leaves a not unpleasant numb sensation on the tongue.  Aside from the cooking sauce, the meats offered to me on that visit were also memorable.  I was presented with a platter of interesting animal parts including pigtails (curly!) and rabbit ears, among other offal.  I realized that these tidbits were prized, expensive, and offered to me only because I was an honored guest, but I still couldn’t manage to try them.  Because everything is community property around a hot pot, nothing went to waste; my dining mates were more than happy to partake of these special tidbits.

Thankfully, you don’t need exotic ingredients to enjoy hot pot cooking.  My favorite aspect of eating hot pot is neither the individual ingredients I have chosen, nor the sauce I have created, but how the broth tastes at the end, when the flavors of each person’s choices have simmered together into an unimaginably rich, fragrant broth.  The complexity of this flavor is the product of the contributions of the many cooks who created this group meal, the ultimate expression of communal cooking.

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Taiwanese Hot Pot
A variety of thinly sliced meats (hint: slice while frozen to make paper-thin slices), such as chicken, pork, meat and lamb

Fish balls or fish cake
Shrimp, sliced squid
A variety of Chinese greens, chopped (I like whole leaf spinach and Napa cabbage in my hotpot)

Fresh mushrooms
Cubed taro root
Sliced lotus root
Noodles, such as udon, egg noodles, mung bean noodles, rice noodles
Broth, chicken or pork are used most commonly
Condiments: Sa Cha sauce, soy sauce, minced garlic, chilies or chili sauce, diced cilantro, chopped scallions, raw eggs for stirring into the sauce


Traditionally, a large wok over hot coals.
Modern home cooks can use a large, covered electric skillet.  (My parents still use the covered electric skillet they received for a wedding gift in 1967– used only for this purpose.)
Bring the broth to a boil.
Each guest/cook selects a variety of ingredients to add to the communal hot pot.  Based on cooking time, meat is usually added first, vegetables just briefly, and noodles at the very end, because they absorb a lot of the broth.  Make sure to have extra broth or water on hand to replenish the broth throughout the meal.  Adjust the temperature to keep the broth at a gentle simmer.  While the food is cooking, each guest/cook makes her own dipping sauce of a raw egg mixed with the condiments of her choosing.

Linda Shiue is a doctor and food writer who believes in the healing power of chicken soup.  You can read about more of her food and travel adventures at and follow her on Twitter @spiceboxtravels.  Her work has appeared in Salon, The Asia Magazine, The New York Times, andRemedy Quarterly.
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Discover the Next Taylor Swift: Kina Grannis

Kina Grannis, Hapa, Half Japanese American, singer, musician, Asian AmericanThank you to Kwan Nam for this discovery!

Kina Kasuya Grannis (born August 4, 1985) is a guitarist and singer-songwriter from California. She is half Japanese and half English, Irish, French, Scottish, Dutch and German. Grannis was the winner of the Doritos Crash the Super Bowl contest. As a result of winning, she earned a recording contract with Interscope Records and had her music video played during the commercials of Super Bowl XLII. She recently won Best Web-Born Artist at the 2011 MTV O Music Awards.

In 2007, after four years at USC (where she recorded and self-released three EPs) and a brief move to Austin, TX, Kina joined YouTube, made a music video and entered herself into Doritos’ Crash The Super Bowl contest. In the months that followed, Kina began to accrue followers, lots of them, making herself right at home in front of her computer. Her Two Weeks For Kina site traded daily videos in exchange for votes, and while her votes piled up her following grew exponentially. A few months later, her video for “Message From Your Heart” aired during the Super Bowl and its 97-million viewers and Kina had a YouTube following, a Twitter following, a #1 video on, a street team and, for a short time, a record deal.

Interestedly, after getting a recording contract with Interscope, Kina Grannis decides to go her own way:

Exchanging creative control for independence, Kina forfeited her record label, determined to record and release the songs she’d been writing for years. In true DIY form, Kina self-funded and independently-released Stairwells in early 2010. The album debuted on Billboard’s Top 200 and #5 on iTunes Pop Chart, and The New York Times and WNYC Soundcheck recognized Kina as one of the top Asian-Americans making an impact in the pop music world (she’s half-Japanese). She released a music video for her single “Valentine,” which has been featured on Yahoo! Music and has accrued more than 10-million views on YouTube. The track would later propel Kina to win Sirius Radio’s Coffee House Singer/Songwriter Discovery of 2010.

“One of the most amazing things that came out of the whole experience was the relationship that formed between me and my supporters online. They were right there on the journey with me, and every bit of success I had was thanks to them.”

Stairwells Album, click on image to view at Amazon, $13.84

MP3, click on image to view at Amazon, $5.49

In Your Arms single, $.99. Click on image to view.

Valentine single, $.99. Click on image to view.

To see her in concert, her World Tour schedule is here.

You can find her new album at iTunes here.


Dartmouth President, Jim Yong Kim, Obama’s Pick to Lead World Bank

Jim Yong KimJim Yong Kim is a great example of a very successful but not-planned-since-birth career that still has not reached its pinnacle. What is interesting is that his success stems from taking the road less taken. While his career choice, a doctor, is a career path encouraged by Asian American parents, the path of least resistance would have been to, well, practice medicine as a specialist. Instead, five years after graduating from Brown University, he co-founded a non profit, Partners in Health, to help provide medical care to the poor in developing countries:

At its root, our mission is both medical and moral. It is based on solidarity, rather than charity alone.

When a person in Peru, or Siberia, or rural Haiti falls ill, PIH uses all of the means at our disposal to make them well—from pressuring drug manufacturers, to lobbying policy makers, to providing medical care and social services.

Whatever it takes. Just as we would do if a member of our own family—or we ourselves—were ill.

I would imagine that he did this from his heart, to do something meaningful with his life, not as a Machiavellian plan to rule the world. Indeed, at Partners in Health, his partner, Paul Farmer, basked in the PR limelight while he seemed to be working quietly in the background for more than fifteen years. From Partners in Health, he went on to World Health Organization focusing on HIV/AIDS while teaching at Harvard Medical School. From here, he became President of Dartmouth College becoming the first Asian-American to assume the post of president at an Ivy League institution. And while this is prestigious position, there is a good possibility that he will become the next president of The World Bank.

Jim Kim, President Obama, The World Bank, Jim Yong Kim

Nice guys DO come in first, it would seem!

“Highly respected among global health experts, Dr. Kim is an anthropologist and a physician who co-founded the nonprofit Partners in Health and a former director of the department of H.I.V./AIDS at the World Health Organization.

“The leader of the World Bank should have a deep understanding of both the role that development plays in the world and the importance of creating conditions where assistance is no longer needed,” President Obama said Friday. “It’s time for a development professional to lead the world’s largest development agency.”

In a statement, Timothy F. Geithner, the Treasury secretary and an alumnus of Dartmouth, praised Dr. Kim, with whom he is friendly: “Development is his lifetime commitment and it is his passion. And in a world with so much potential to improve living standards, we have a unique opportunity to harness that passion and experience at the helm of the World Bank.”

The White House had scrutinized Senator John Kerry, Democrat of Massachusetts; Lawrence H. Summers, the former Treasury secretary and Obama economic adviser; and Susan E. Rice, the United States ambassador for the United Nations, for the World Bank job.

But all three might make good candidates for high-ranking administration positions in the event that President Obama won a second term. Moreover, President Obama wanted to name a development expert, particularly one with experience aiding the world’s poorest. That led the White House to select Dr. Kim.” New York Times


I suppose that it’s fair to say that perhaps these opportunities, while hard won and deserved, perhaps were not available to Asian Americans even a decade or two ago. Maybe the world has changed significantly when Obama, as the  first African American president was elected. What do you think? Or perhaps is the path less traveled a road that Asian Americans should be exploring more than ever? Do your parents agree? What do they attribute Jim Yong Kim’s success to?



Up Close and Personal with Author and The UnPrison Project’s Deborah Jiang Stein GIVEAWAY

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Deborah Jiang Stein was born in prison to a mother addicted to drugs and later adopted into a loving Jewish family. Her story is not a typical Asian American story and that’s exactly why it’s so interesting. It’s all here in her new book Even Tough Girls Wear Tutus.
Deborah Jiang Stein, Even Tough Girls Wear Tutus: Inside the World of a Woman Born in Prison, The UnPrison Project

The story of a woman whose gift for finding purpose in life drives her to help others change their lives even as she struggles to accept and overcome her own past, born heroin addicted to a mother in prison. Her story proves we’re more than the sum of our parts, and there’s always a chance for redemption.

Sometimes, it takes a dive over the edge to find your center. Even Tough Girls Wear Tutus is about the courage and curiosity to create an authentic life with purpose and resilience, and what it takes to hold onto this courage.

Today Deborah tours women’s prisons to plant seeds of possibility and hope for others, and little by little, fulfilling her mission to change attitudes of secrecy and shame.

Her interview is here,  Up Close and Personal:

1) You have one of the most fascinating backgrounds! And I thought Anthony Bourdain (host of No Reservations and ex-chef author) had some history! What made you rebel? And what was the turning point for you?
Thank you, Mia, for your interest in my story and work. I’m honored you’re including me on your blog, especially because I live between several worlds with mixed Asian American one of my identities. I’m still finding out the mix.
Which turning point spun me into rebellion, I’m not sure. The first turning point might’ve entered my life before birth, when I sensed the insecurity of my birth circumstance, about to pop out into a prison.
One point of no return framed the early part of my life after I learned about my birth in prison from a letter I discovered buried in my mother’s dresser. I was twelve and from that day on I carried the secret, and the stigma, with a vengeance against the world.
2) You show remarkable fortitude and resiliency. Where does this come from? What traits can you attribute to your birth parents? And what to the parents who raised you?
I’ll never know for sure where nurture balances against my nature. How does anyone know this? There’s much I don’t know. I can say I have a higher threshold of risk than anyone in my family and I suspect this comes from my birthmother.
On the other hand, much of my make-up today as a creative, curious woman, most likely sprouted from my upbringing.
Maybe we’re all a nature/nurture combo, an age-old debate that will go on and on and cycle through the same question and back again to ask, “Which drives us the most, nature or nurture?”
About fortitude and resilience, what’s the choice? Either plow through a challenge, or not. I don’t know any other way but to push ahead. It’s not as easy for me as some people think but most of all, I’m not one to give up until by instinct I sense it’s time to move on, at which point say to myself, “I’ve done all I can, done my best.”
3) Was there an epiphany that caused you to start The unPrison Project or an “a ha” moment? What do you hope to accomplish? What do you need help with?
Thanks for this opportunity to shamelessly plug my nonprofit. I’m thrilled about the future of The unPrison Project and what we can give back to incarcerated women and their children. Last year we received our 501c3 nonprofit status so all donations are now tax deductible.
My first return visits to my birthplace, the Alderson prison in West Virginia, inspired me to use what I was given in life to reach out and give back. The unPrison Project works in four directions right now: 1) To educate people outside prison about the needs of women in prisons and their children; 2) To provide a Goals Journal for each woman in prison we reach custom printed so they can track their goals in education, parenting (if they have children,) drug and alcohol rehab counseling, and life skills development; and 3) To provide resources and motivation for women on the inside to pursue their education, and follow-through on rehab and mental health counseling; and 4) College scholarship foundation we’re establishing for high school daughters of women in prison, with the Alderson Prison as the pilot program.
The travel to reach prisons across the country, and workshop materials, all need funding. While some prisons contribute, their budgets don’t allow for the kind of support this work requires.
We need seed money for each of the four programs. If anyone’s moved to donate, please do so here.
4) Is there anything in your past that you regret or that you’d do over?
I lament some things, but not regret. I wish I’d been kinder to my mother, I wish I’d spoken up for myself more as a girl, a few other “I wish…” But in everything past, it’s gone and I don’t spend time focusing on what could have been. I’d drive myself crazy if I did this.
5) What lessons would you want to impart to young people including your own children?
My two daughters, ages 12 and 16, know three things from me, for sure. At least I hope so. Kindness, respect, and curiosity, these matter most, I believe, for all ages—to respect ourselves and respect others. Imagine if this were universal?
6) What are your goals and aspirations today?
Beyond writing, my goals and aspirations focus on The unPrison Project and reaching as many women in prisons as possible with a message of hope from someone they’ve never met with the kind of story and skills I bring, added to clear-cut outcomes about education and rehab for substance abuse, which is one main contributor to incarceration.
I’m working on a second memoir, and also a YA novel, and a collection of short stories. I yearn for more do-nothing time, preferably on a beach, cooked under the sun and barefoot in sand.
To contact Deborah, email:
Deborah Jiang Stein, Even Tough Girls Wear Tutus: Inside the World of a Woman Born in Prison, The UnPrison Project
Even Tough Girls Wear Tutus: Inside the World of a Woman Born in Prison by Deborah Jiang Stein

Book Give-Away: email with your name to enter a drawing for a free copy of Even Tough Girls Wear Tutus.

Drawing closes at midnight April 16 (gives you a day after tax due date!) Name drawing by
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Linsanity: Give ESPN Writer His Job Back for Chink in the Armor Fervor

Chink in the Armor, Anthony Federico, ex ESPN writer, image from Obsessed With Sports

Thank you to Taylor Zhou for giving me this link about Jeremy Lin graciously lunching with ex-ESPN writer Anthony Federico, 28, who was terminated after writing the incendiary headline, “Chink in the Armor.” It speaks volumes.

  • Federico was amazed and touched that Lin would make time in his insanely busy schedule to have lunch with him as his request. I just love Jeremy Lin more and more!
  • It was an honest mistake. Chink in the Armor IS a common term, after all, and he did not realize Chink had a racial slur connotation.
  • They bonded. They talked about their shared Christian faith and Lin’s knee injury.
  • Lin forgave.

I suspected the ESPN writer’s derogatory headline was not intentional. Because, seriously, when was the last time you were called a Chink? I’m half Chinese and half Japanese and I got called a Jap once in Junior High School 35 years ago when we studied WWII history.

And in college 30 years ago while visiting Copley Plaza to research a paper on the architecture of McMead, Kim and White and H. H. Richardson, two black kids yelled out some remark to me and my then boyfriend that included Chink. He’s from Queens, NY, so it didn’t phase him at all. The boys were junior high school age, and I was, like, “WHAT did you call me?!!!”  Chink is like “Oriental”; it’s just not commonly used anymore. There is prejudice still, to be sure, but it’s more insidious and subtle.

In the case of young writer, Anthony Federico, though, Chink was an honest mistake. He had no idea. He’s too young to have Chink in his vernacular. Can’t we just forgive and forget? Please give him his job back. If you agree, please fill out this poll.


Model Minority: Do the Math. The Myth and The Consequences.

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Check out the trailer here.
By co-producers, Teja Arboleda and Darby Li Po Price.

Model Minority: Do the Math reveals the impact of the model minority myth on the experiences and perspectives of Asian American (AA) college students. The myth is a complex and contradictory stereotype of AAs as academic over-achievers. While many believe the stereotype is positive, it causes many problems. Asian Americans are overlooked for affirmative action and academic assistance. Tracked by parents, counselors, and social expectations to excel in math-intensive fields, despite their preferences, they struggle to balance personal goals and mental health. 

The myth diverts attention from systematic structural racism by emphasizing individualism, and pitting AAs against other groups. Viewed as too competitive and taking over colleges, AAs face racial resentment, discrimination, and hate crimes. Model Minority overcomes misconceptions of AA students.

Model Minority timely coincides with national priorities and debates on how to increase educational performance and economic participation. It engages school reform, equal opportunity, multiculturalism, race, parenting, and democracy.
We will compare the experiences and perspectives of AA college students, faculty, and staff of various ethnic backgrounds in Boston, Chicago, Berkeley and Oakland. In Chicago and Boston, AA students and communities are less numerous, and less integrated into campus curriculum and life than in Berkeley and Oakland. The narrator will reveal connections between personal stories and the myth.

Outcomes: To increase understanding of how the model minority myth impacts AAs. Increase knowledge of the diversity of AA experiences, viewpoints, aspirations, abilities, and needs. Include AAs in debates about educational reform, equal opportunity, and affirmative action.

Model Minority Myth – Workshops

In conjunction with using the documentary in the classroom, consider having us facilitate discussion on your campus or workplace.

In The Works

Recently presented at Univ Chicago, IL, November 1st, and at the National Association for Multicultural Education national conference, in Chicago, on November 3rd. 2011.
Continue the discussion on our FaceBook page, Model Minority Myth Buster here.


Here’s another video on same topic:

In Chapter 8 of 18, Korean American Community Foundation ( executive director Kyung Yoon shares why it is so important to disspell the Asian-American model minority myth. As a stereotype, the myth misleads communities, limiting need awareness, leading to resource allocation shortfalls. View more at

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