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Stereotypes can take all forms, even that of “awkward, positive praise.” Regardless of the intent, it’s no less minimizing.
“The ‘model minority’ stereotype for many Asians can kind of take two folds,” said Hyung Chol Yoo, associate professor of Asian Pacific American studies at Arizona State University. “It can sort of be this awkward, positive praise, but more importantly, it tends to undermine individual effort.”
For Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, a group of ASU students and professors shared their perspectives on this and other stereotypes.