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|
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.*