The Model Minority Myth, Anti-Asian Racism, Anti-Black Racism, and COVID-19
Jennifer Ho – University of Colorado Boulder
This talk will look at the ways Asians in America have been objects of racism—from the first entrance of Chinese immigrants to California in the 19th century to the current mass shootings of six Asian women in Atlanta. What both anti-Black and anti-Asian racism share are the roots in white supremacy that position Asians as the “good” model minority, a myth that serves to divide and conquer minority racial groups in the U.S. Ho will share strategies to combat anti-racism of all kinds for people who want to be anti-racism advocates and allies.
This program is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and co-sponsored by the Department of English and the Women’s & Gender Resource Center.
The daughter of a refugee father from China and an immigrant mother from Jamaica, whose own parents were, themselves, immigrants from Hong Kong, Jennifer Ho is the director of the Center for Humanities & the Arts at the University of Colorado Boulder, where she also holds an appointment as Professor of Ethnic Studies. She is the president of the Association for Asian American Studies and the author of three scholarly monographs. In addition to her academic work, Ho is active in community engagement around issues of race and intersectionality, leading workshops on anti-racism and how to talk about race in our current political climate. You can follow her on Twitter @drjenho.
Asian American/Anti-Racism Resources
Asian Americans Advancing Justice: https://www.advancingjustice-aajc.org/
Stop AAPI Hate registry: https://stopaapihate.org/ — this was developed by Prof. Russell Jeung and his team to document instances of hate against Asian Americans since the advent of the pandemic
University of Minnesota “Immigrants in COVID America”: https://immigrantcovid.umn.edu/
AAPI Data has many important stats about Asian Americans: https://aapidata.com/
A report about Asian Americans, COVID-19, and racism: https://www.onenationcommission.org/the-commission-report-ii
Jennifer Ho’s interviews, webinars, workshops and resources on anti-Asian racism/anti-racism:
Anti-Asian racism & COVID-19 – a website that is based on a powerpoint slide deck I created in April 2020 and updated in July 2020: https://www.colorado.edu/asmagazine/2020/04/08/anti-asian-racism-and-covid-19 — you can also request the slide deck by filling out this google form: https://forms.gle/HzhbapQ4hH5K1awM9 —
Video on the Model Minority Myth (7 min) with Frank Wu (President, Queens College): https://youtu.be/zHFvEvPo5z0
Liberated Panda a Chinese American news outlet: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xxaC93IYmGM&feature=youtu.be
AMA Journal of Ethics on the spread of Anti-Asian racism and xenophobia: https://journalofethics.ama-assn.org/videocast/ethics-talk-spread-anti-asian-racism-and-xenophobia-during-covid-19-pandemic
PEN America event including Pawan Dhingra (Amherst College), Floyd Cheung (Smith College) and Kathy Yep (Pitzer College), a Teach In on Anti-Asian Racism and COVID-19: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qtow61RfumQ&feature=youtu.be
National Committee on US-China Relations on Anti-Asian racism and Sino-American Relations, along with John Pomfret: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6SmOUn9kchg&feature=emb_logo
Wall St. TV, a Chinese language diaspora media outlet: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m9C6r-W8kZI&feature=youtu.be
Japan Forum asked me to write an article about these issues, including the relationship with anti-Black racism: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/09555803.2020.1821749
Jennifer Ho’s writings related to the Atlanta shootings:
CNN Opinion piece “To Be An Asian Woman in America”: https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/17/opinions/to-be-an-asian-woman-in-america-ho/index.html
Asian American history on “It’s Been a Minute” (NPR): https://www.npr.org/2021/03/18/978616852/a-history-of-anti-asian-racism-plus-married-at-first-sight
Anti-Asian hatred in Colorado on “Colorado Matters” (Colorado Public Radio): https://www.cpr.org/2021/03/19/anti-asian-hatred-has-a-long-history-in-the-u-s-and-in-colorado/