Ellen Wu talks at Vassar Nov. 13
At Vassar College on Thursday, Nov. 13, historian Ellen Wu will discuss the invention of Asians as a “model minority” — distinct from the white majority but lauded as well-assimilated, upwardly mobile and exemplars of traditional family values — in the mid-20th century. Scheduled for 5:30 p.m., in Room 203 of Taylor Hall, the event is free and open to the public.
Wu’s presentation, drawn from her recent book, The Color of Success: Asian Americans and the Origins of the Model Minority, is sponsored by the History Department’s C. Mildred Thompson Fund and co-sponsored by the Programs in Asian Studies and American Studies. In the talk, “How Asians Became America’s ‘Model Minority,’” Wu traces changes from the era of the “yellow peril” after World War II and shows that liberals argued for the acceptance of these immigrant communities into the national fold, charging that the failure of America to live in accordance with its democratic ideals endangered the country’s aspirations to world leadership.
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