The Color of Success: Asian Americans and the Origins of the Model Minority

11/28/2016 11:55 AM

The Color of Success: Asian Americans and the Origins of the Model Minority
The Color of Success: Asian Americans and the Origins of the Model Minority (JWJI Race & Difference Colloquium Series) MONDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2016, 12 – 1:30PM EASTERN STANDARD TIME
The Color of Success: Asian Americans and the Origins of the Model Minority (JWJI Race & Difference Colloquium Series)
Location Jones Room (Rm 311), Woodruff Library
University Event Topic Academic Calendar, Academics, Community, Diversity, Humanities, Lectures & Meetings
School Emory College
Department/Organization Emory Libraries, James Weldon Johnson Institute for the Study of Race and Difference, Rose Library
Building/Room Robert W. Woodruff Library
Meeting Organizer/Sponsor James Weldon Johnson Institute for the Study of Race and Difference
Speaker/Presenter Ellen Wu (Associate Professor of History, Director of Asian American Studies Program, Indiana University)
Cost Free
Registration / R.S.V.P. link form.jotform.com…
Contact Name Anita Spencer Stevens
Contact Email jwji@emory.edu
More Info / Register jamesweldonjohnson.emory.edu…

In this Race and Difference Colloquium presentation, Ellen Wu will present on her acclaimed book about the emergence of the model minority stereotype. The Color of Success tells of the astonishing transformation of Asians in the United States from the "yellow peril" to "model minorities"--peoples distinct from the white majority but lauded as well-assimilated, upwardly mobile, and exemplars of traditional family values--in the middle decades of the twentieth century. As Ellen Wu shows, liberals argued for the acceptance of these immigrant communities into the national fold, charging that the failure of America to live in accordance with its democratic ideals endangered the country's aspirations to world leadership.

Weaving together myriad perspectives, Wu provides an unprecedented view of racial reform and the contradictions of national belonging in the civil rights era. She highlights the contests for power and authority within Japanese and Chinese America alongside the designs of those external to these populations, including government officials, social scientists, journalists, and others.

*Books will be available for purchase during and after the speaker presentation.*


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