Transgressions of a Model Minority

  title={Transgressions of a Model Minority},
  author={Jonathan L. Freedman},
  journal={Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies},
  pages={69 - 97}
  • J. Freedman
  • Published 29 July 2005
  • History
  • Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies
Jewish- and Asian-Americans have recently found themselves classed as "model minorities," examples of upward mobility allegedly achieved through thrift, family cohesion, and educational achievement. This ascription has a long history, one dating back at least to nineteenth century America, when Asians—especially Chinese—and Jews were viewed in strikingly similar terms. Defined as outsiders to the black/white binary that governed American race ideology, Jews and Asians were also constructed as… 

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