Deconstructing and Analyzing the Model Minority Myth in the US



  • Understand the definition of the model minority myth through case study and analyzation
  • Differentiate a myth from a stereotype.
  • Hone analytical skills from a topic through collaborative thinking, writing, and discussion activities.
  • Strengthen personal voice in writing activities after reading personal narratives from Asian American
  • Students to make text-to-self, text-to-text, or text-to-world connections.


Thousands upon thousands of Asian Americans today face the stereotype and social expectations set forth by the model minority myth, a stereotype that Asian Americans are a polite, law-abiding group who have achieved a higher level of success than the general population through some combination of innate talent and an immigrant striving work ethic. This myth also has a history of masking the historical oppression of Asian Americans as well as affecting mental health, contributing to a higher than average suicide rate among Asian Americans today. Through case studies, analysis, and connection, students will understand these nucances of the Model Minority Myth so that they may be more socially aware on the subject.


  1. What is the difference between a myth and a stereotype?
  2. Where did the Model Minority Myth come from?
  3. What was the Model Minority Myth aimed to do?
  4. How does the Model Minority Myth affect different Asian Americans today?
  5. From where did the model minority myth originate?
  6. What is the difference between a myth and a stereotype?
  7. Why can the model minority myth be harmful to the AANHPI community as well as other marginalized groups?