Kraus says that the stereotype may obscure the needs of poor Asian Americans and contribute to bias against other groups. And in fact, according to new research by Kraus, even such a seemingly positive stereotype may be causing significant harm. Kraus, who has long studied race and inequality, wanted to understand how the stereotype of the high-achieving Asian American influences what people believe about the gap in wealth between Asian and white Americans. In a recent study, forthcoming in the Journal of Social Psychological and Personality Science , he found that the presence of this stereotype drives people to overestimate the level of wealth equality between Asian and white Americans.
Stereotypes of Asian Americans Skew Estimates of Racial Wealth Gap
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Stereotypes of East Asians are ethnic stereotypes found in American society about first-generation immigrants , and American-born citizens whose family members immigrated to the United States, from East Asian countries, such as China, Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan. Stereotypes of East Asians , like other ethnic stereotypes, are often portrayed in the mainstream media, entertainment, literature, internet and other forms of creative expression in American society. These stereotypes have been largely and collectively internalized by society and have mainly negative repercussions for Americans of East Asian descent and East Asian immigrants in daily interactions, current events, and government legislation. The term "Yellow Peril" refers to white apprehension, peaking in the late 19th-century, that the European inhabitants of Australia , New Zealand , South Africa , Canada , and the United States would be displaced by a massive influx of East Asians; who would fill the nation with a foreign culture and speech incomprehensible to those already there and steal jobs away from the European inhabitants and that they would eventually take over and destroy their civilization, ways of life, culture and values. The term has also referred to the belief and fear that East Asian societies would invade and attack Western societies, wage war with them and lead to their eventual destruction, demise and eradication. The American Immigration Act of limited the number of Asians because they were considered an "undesirable" race. Australia had similar fears and introduced a White Australia policy , restricting immigration between and , with some elements of the policies persisting up until the s.
Rethinking Stereotypes About Asian American Students Through Learning History
My aunt and uncle, who live in Long Island, had gone there on an early date decades ago. My mom and her sister were visiting from out of town. None of them were of Asian descent, and yet almost immediately, the Asian jokes started: Asians are bad drivers. Asian men are undesirable. Asian men have small penises.
Sheridan Prasso's book The Asian Mystique lays out a provocative challenge to see Asia and its diverse people honestly, with unclouded, de-eroticized eyes. It traces the origins of Western stereotypes in history and in Hollywood, examines the phenomenon of "yellow fever," then goes on a reality tour of Asia's go-go bars, middle-class homes, college campuses, business districts, and corridors of power, providing intimate profiles of women's lives and vivid portraits of the human side of an Asia we usually mythologize beyond recognition. Asia Society spoke with Prasso about her observations while writing her book and the need for perceptions of Asia to change. You write about the way Asia and Asian people are portrayed in Western culture. Where do these perceptions come from?