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The Myth of the Model Minority: Asian Americans Facing Racism Hardcover – August 30, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-1594515866 ISBN-10: 1594515867

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Paradigm Publishers (August 30, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594515867
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594515866
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.8 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,791,262 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


This landmark work covers new research ground in documenting the significant yet unrecognized barriers of discrimination and marginalization faced by Asian Americans in the United States today. As an often invisible and silent minority, Asian Americans can at last find voice in this brilliant work that recognizes the reality of their experience. The courage, nobility, and honesty of the authors will assist all involved in the struggle for equity and inclusion. --Edna B. Chun, Broward Community College

Most Americans believe Asian Americans are content, do not suffer from discrimination, and are all in the path to whiteness. Chou and Feagin document convincingly with interview data that they are not content, suffer from discrimination, and are, for the most part, regarded as perpetual foreigners. Bravo to the authors for bringing to the fore the racial oppression endured by Asian Americans! --Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, Duke University

Through a compelling analysis of white racism experienced by Asian Americans in their everyday lives, Chou and Feagin offer an insightful critique of research on assimilation that focuses on indicators of integration while ignoring the serious forms of racism examined in this book. --Leland T. Saito, University of Southern California

About the Author

Rosalind S. Chou, Assistant Professor of Sociology at Georgia State University, is the author of Asian American Sexual Politics and co-author with Joe Feagin of The Myth of the Model Minority.

Joe R. Feagin, currently Ella C. McFadden Professor at Texas A&M University, graduated from Baylor University in 1960 and acquired his Ph.D. in sociology at Harvard University in 1966. Feagin has taught at the University of Massachusetts (Boston), University of California (Riverside), University of Texas, University of Florida, and Texas A&M University. Feagin has done much research work on racism and sexism issues and has served as the scholar in residence at the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. He has written 53 books, one of which (Ghetto Revolts) was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. He is the 2006 recipient of a Harvard Alumni Association achievement award and was the 1999–2000 president of the American Sociological Association. He is also the 2013 recipient of the Arthur Fletcher Lifetime Achievement Award by the American Association for Affirmative Action.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mariko Chilcott on December 17, 2008
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One of my graduate classes required me to look into "Asian Issues", so I bought a few books on amazon and this one really captured my attention. It was easy to read, it gave great examples/real life experiences, I could hardly put it down. It is also a great length if you are a busy person who wants to read a book that just gets to the point. I definitely recommend this book for all people. We should all strive to learn more about the issues people face, especially the often ignored/looked over Asian issues. Hope you enjoy this book as much as I did.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Southern Calif. Woman on March 25, 2009
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This book is the most comprehensive and accurate portrayal of the inherent racism prevalent in our society today. I have experienced a lot of the situations, particularly in school, K through college that this book writes about. A must read for all Asians and people of color because it raises greater awareness and hopefully more preventive measures taken to stop the systematic racism that occurs on a daily basis. Bravo to the authors on such a prolific book!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rachel on March 8, 2013
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If you're worried that this book will not be accessible for people who know about social rights, but aren't Asian, I don't think you should worry that much. This books is very accessible, even to the non-academic, well cited, and gives news stories, personal anecdotes, research studies, in a very good format.

I learned a whole bunch from this particular book that I wasn't aware of. It gave me a voice for the things I knew and couldn't explain why they were wrong and debunked the things I thought could be wrong, but I had no proof for.

The index is also well done and the sections are formatted well. It's the kind of book I wish was around when I was a child so I could fight many of the things that were stated in the book with the words here. Definitely worth it.
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