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Professor Ellen Wu - Historian, Scholar and Author of "The Color of Success: Asian Americans and the Origins of the Model Minority"

Asian Tech Leaders

Professor Ellen Wu is the Associate Professor in the Department of History at Indiana University Bloomington and Director of the Asian American Studies Program. She is the author of the book “The Color of Success: Asian Americans and the Origins of the Model Minority”. Her commentary has been featured by a number of outlets including the Los Angeles Times, Washington Post and NPR. Professor Wu obtained a PhD in History from the University of Chicago, and an M.A. at UCLA. I really enjoyed this conversation with Professor Wu and I highly recommend you read her book, The Color of Success. In the book, Professor Wu does a superb job of weaving together the complex and changing attitudes towards Asian immigrants in the United States from the 1800s when Asians were outcasts of society to the mid-20th century when they were labelled the “model minority”. In this episode you will learn about: How Asian Americans progressed so much over the last 100 years How World War II was the catalyst that accelerated civil rights and socioeconomic opportunities for Asian Americans Why the term “Model Minority” isn’t as positive as you might think How Asian Americans can do a better job of supporting African Americans Especially in light of all the social injustice that is happening in the world right now, I believe it is more important that ever to better appreciate the arc of Asian Americans in history to recognize our privilege and be emboldened to bring more equality in the world. Follow Professor Wu on Twitter: @ellendwu Buy Professor Wu's book, The Color of Success at your favorite bookstore: https://press.princeton.edu/books/paperback/9780691168029/the-color-of-success

43mins

8 Jun 2020

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146: Where Did “Model Minority” Come From? (Guest: Ellen Wu)

Model Majority Podcast

Ellen Wu (@ellendwu), Associate Professor in the Department of History at Indiana University Bloomington and Director of the Asian American Studies Program, joins the podcast to trace the historical origin of the concept “Model Minority”....

1hr 10mins

17 Nov 2019

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The Model Minority Myth with Ellen Wu

Factually! with Adam Conover

History professor and director of Asian Studies at Indiana University Ellen Wu joins Adam this week to discuss the model minority myth, how the stereotype has shifted over history and why it still exists today. This episode is brought to you by Acuity (www.acuityscheduling.com/factually) and The Next Big Idea podcast.

57mins

30 Oct 2019

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Asian Americans and the Origins of the Model Minority with Ellen Wu

The Rogue Historian

Peeps - this is a super fascinating story...tracing the history of Asian Americans from Chinese immigration and the exclusion act to Japanese internment and well beyond. Ellen explains how Asians went from being mostly reviled in the United States to the "model minority." You need to listen to this. Seriously.--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/the-rogue-historian/messageSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/the-rogue-historian/support

57mins

18 Jul 2017

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7: The Origins of the Model Minority Myth (ft. Ellen Wu)

Sweet and Sour

Ellen Wu joins us this week to discuss her book, "The Color of Success: Asian Americans and the Origins of the Model Minority." Ellen breaks down Asian American history from the 1920s onward, analyzing the contradiction of the model minority myth being rooted in both inclusion and exclusion. We dive into race-making, geopolitical dimensions of Asian American identity, and the effect of the model minority on other groups such as Blacks, Latinx, South Asian and Southeast Asians. Ellen also unpacks the role that Asian American communities played in the formation of their own stereotypes.

40mins

17 Apr 2017