ALI Ahmed Mused Al Subari.
Department of English BAMU.
The Status of Asian Americans Minorities in U S A
A minority group is made up of people who share a common set of cultural or physical characteristics that marks them as different from the powerful dominant group and for which they often suffer social disadvantages, because of their lack of power. As in the case of race and ethnicity, minority group membership is given by society. The most common minority groups are African Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Women. African Americans Low status jobs In 1997 African Americans were considered 12.5% of the U.S For more than 100 years, from roughly the 1850’s until after World War II, Asians in America were deemed foreign, unwanted, and uncivilized. Asians were termed the “yellow peril” and were thought to be a menace to Western society. They were the targets of racial attacks and discriminatory laws because of their image as a threat. However, starting in the 1960s, this bad portrayal drastically changed to one of admiration as Asian success stories started becoming more and more prevalent throughout American society. Since then and to this day, it is believed that Asian Americans have overcome past prejudices and are now doing well in society. Because of this, Asian Americans are termed the “model minority” and serve as an example to other minority groups. However, this assumption, a form of discreet discrimination, is incorrect and has many negative consequences not only for the Asian American community, but for all other minority groups as well When the Asian student was child, he has always been exposed to some form of this discreet discrimination. Throughout his years in school, there have always been high expectations for him because of his race. he has always gotten comments like, “Oh, you must be smart, you’re Asian,” or “Wait, you bombed your math exam? But you’re Asian!” At first, because he was young, he did not fully understand what his being Asian had to do with anything. However, as he got older, I began to understand exactly why there were so many high expectations. Because I am Asian, I get stamped with all of the labels that come with being Asian, such as being a part of the model minority. As a part of the model minority, it is assumed that I, as well as every other Asian American student, should be hard-working with a successful future. However, those assumptions were, and still are, incorrect. Not all Asian students are brilliant and overachieving. I would feel inadequate when asked, “How did you bomb that math exam? You’re Asian. Are you not as smart as the other Asians?” But why was I being publicly accused of being “not smart enough” when students of other races were not? Why did I have to live up to higher standards than my peers of other races? Because of this, I felt distanced from other non-Asian minority groups. I felt as if no other minority group could understand what I had to go through; I had to be extremely intelligent and there was no other choice. If I did not fall under this stereotype, I was publicly humiliated. However, I have realized now that other minority groups also face many negative stereotypes as well as a result of the model minority label. The model minority label creates many negative stereotypes, which pulls minority groups apart and puts them at a disadvantage. On the surface, this issue may seem like a conflict between Asian Americans and other minority groups. However, underneath the surface, there is a much bigger issue at hand. As a result of incorrect assumptions, minority groups in America are being pulled farther apart instead of coming together and identifying with one another’s problems. Because Asian Americans are the model minority, many Americans believe that non-Asian minority groups suffer consequences as a result of their own shortcomings. This belief creates negative feelings towards...
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