This introductory chapter discusses model minority discourse. In the model minority paradigm, Asian Americans are identified with a system of social values that prioritizes family, education, and sacrifice and prioritizes obedience and hierarchy; these values incline the group to be reluctant to blame others for any lack in their social position, willing to accept their social position with gratitude, and guided by self-sacrifice rather than self-interest. The paradigm deems that, thanks to these accomodationist virtues, Asian Americans are able to raise themselves out of poverty without public assistance or special consideration, serving thus as a silent but willing rebuke against those who would demand changes from the system rather than strive to succeed by its rules.
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