The Asian As Superior Myth Essay

This essay has a total of 646 words and 4 pages.

The Asian As Superior Myth

The author, Ronald Takaki, wishes to illustrate that the perceptions of Asian Americans as
a "model minority" are not entirely accurate. Takaki writes that the facts and figures
used to compare Asian-Americans to other, less successful minority groups are misleading.
For example, the author writes that although Japanese Americans are seen as upwardly
mobile, they have not yet achieved equality. The essay states that "while Japanese
American men in California earned an average income comparable to Caucasian men in 1980,
they did so only by acquiring more education and working more hours." In addition, the
author found that while some Asian American groups do have higher family incomes than
Caucasians, at the same time the Asian American families are larger and have more members
of working age than Caucasian families.

The author's purpose is to show the reader that although Asian Americans are portrayed as
"successful" when compared to other minority groups, they still have ground to make up
before they begin to accurately approach the ranks of the Anglo majority. The author uses
his own personal experiences as the grandson of agricultural laborers to relay to the
reader than he, too, can relate to the plight of Asian Americans in this country. The
essay was written to show and give reasons why Asian Americans are seen by other minority
groups as a "model minority." The author attempts to show that this is not the case and
that Asian Americans can relate to the plights of other minority groups in the United

The author does address counter arguments in his paper. He evidently has researched the

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topic quite extensively and has the facts and figures to back up his points. For example,
the author states that although there are many successful Asian Americans in the business
world, many have hit the "glass ceiling" and will not rise to the higher ranks of their
business. This presents problems for the community and proves that calling Asian Americans
the "model minority" is not entirely accurate.

The essay is well-written and very convincing. The author writes it from experience and
from his personal observations, both as the grandson of agricultural workers and as a
scholar. The essay is useful in understanding that while the public regards Asian
Americans as successful, Asians Americans are in most ways just like other minority
groups: undereducated, poverty- stricken and unemployed.

The author may have wanted to lengthen the essay by adding more facts and figures, as well
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