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Are Asian Americans Still a Model Minority? Exploring the Complexity of Asian American Identity in California's Media

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Socially constructed values and meanings are often ascribed to racial groups, facilitating a categorization of certain groups as deserving of benefits and others as undeserving. Past studies about the use of racial preferences in affirmative action policy primarily occur within a Black and White paradigm. Historically, when Asian Americans are integrated into the debate, they are framed as either a successful “model minority” or “victims” of societal discrimination. These constructions have been especially prevalent in debates over affirmative action policies. This analysis elucidates the current implications of the media’s construction of Asian American identity for both affirmative action policy and the Asian American community and concludes with a few suggestions on what should be the implications for the further development of affirmative action policy. This paper extends existing literature by conducting a systematic analysis of the media’s construction of Asian American identity in the state of California, an area boasting the largest population of Asian Americans in the United States. Through a discursive analysis of articles covering Asian Americans in two major California newspapers (Los Angeles Times and San Francisco Chronicle), this study evaluates how the media’s construction of Asian Americans has either changed or remained stable throughout the development, implementation, and dismantling of affirmative action policy.

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Rim, Kathy. "Are Asian Americans Still a Model Minority? Exploring the Complexity of Asian American Identity in California's Media" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Western Political Science Association, Hyatt Regency Albuquerque, Albuquerque, New Mexico, Mar 17, 2006 <Not Available>. 2013-12-17 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p97700_index.html>

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Rim, K. H. , 2006-03-17 "Are Asian Americans Still a Model Minority? Exploring the Complexity of Asian American Identity in California's Media" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Western Political Science Association, Hyatt Regency Albuquerque, Albuquerque, New Mexico Online <PDF>. 2013-12-17 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p97700_index.html

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Abstract: Socially constructed values and meanings are often ascribed to racial groups, facilitating a categorization of certain groups as deserving of benefits and others as undeserving. Past studies about the use of racial preferences in affirmative action policy primarily occur within a Black and White paradigm. Historically, when Asian Americans are integrated into the debate, they are framed as either a successful “model minority” or “victims” of societal discrimination. These constructions have been especially prevalent in debates over affirmative action policies. This analysis elucidates the current implications of the media’s construction of Asian American identity for both affirmative action policy and the Asian American community and concludes with a few suggestions on what should be the implications for the further development of affirmative action policy. This paper extends existing literature by conducting a systematic analysis of the media’s construction of Asian American identity in the state of California, an area boasting the largest population of Asian Americans in the United States. Through a discursive analysis of articles covering Asian Americans in two major California newspapers (Los Angeles Times and San Francisco Chronicle), this study evaluates how the media’s construction of Asian Americans has either changed or remained stable throughout the development, implementation, and dismantling of affirmative action policy.

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“It would be bad enough if the model minority myth were true. Everyone else would resent Asian Americans for what Asian Americans possess. It is worse that the model minority myth is false. Everyone else resents Asian Americans for what they believe Asian Americans possess.” -Sociologist Frank Wu on the model minority construction of Asian Americans 2002 Introduction Socially constructed values and meanings are often ascribed to racial groups facilitating a categorization of certain groups as deserving of benefits
Bob H. 1989. “Asian-American as the Model Minority.” Change November pp. 13-19. Takagi Dana. 1992. The Retreat from Race. New Brunswick NJ: Rutgers University Press. Takaki Ronald. 1989. Strangers From a Different Shore. New York NY: Penguin Group. Taylor Paul W. 1995. Reverse Discrimination and Compensatory Justice. In The Affirmative Action Debate edited by Steven M. Cahn 9-14. New York NY: Routledge. Woodruff Paul. 1995. What’s Wrong with Discrimination? In The Affirmative Action Debate edited by Steven M. Cahn


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