The Declining Significance of the Model Minority Myth? Recent Research on the Socioeconomic Attainments of Asian Americans

Arthur Sakamoto

Arthur Sakamoto
Professor of Sociology
College of Liberal Arts at Texas A&M University

The study of Asian Americans has often been framed in terms of the Model Minority Myth perspective. The latter, however, actually refers to a varied yet bundled set of assertions. A review of empirical results from recent research provides limited support for some of the Model Minority Myth claims, which were formulated many decades ago for older cohorts when the American labor market was quite different from today. Because the Model Minority Myth nonetheless continues to retain great political appeal, some “inconvenient facts” for that view have not been adequately acknowledged by some researchers in the field of racial/ethnic relations. This presentation will attempt to sort out the empirical evidence in regard to ascertaining myth versus reality in the socioeconomic attainments of Asian Americans.