Addressing Asian Americans’ Model Minority Myth


Addressing Asian Americans’ Model Minority Myth

Eliza Noh Says Myth Plays a Role in Higher Suicide Rates for Asian American Women

April 23, 2013

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Asian Americans have been dealing with the “model minority” myth for decades, and it plays a role in high suicide rates, says Eliza Noh, associate professor of Asian American studies, whose research on the topic was the focus of an April 18 NPR broadcast. Noh recently reported on her research in an April 12 appearance before the Asian Pacific American Affairs Commission of the Connecticut General Assembly. The commission aims to combat stereotypes that Asian Americans don’t need help and to destigmatize conversations about suicide.