What it means to be a ‘model minority’: voices of ethnic Koreans in Northeast China

  title={What it means to be a ‘model minority’: voices of ethnic Koreans in Northeast China},
  author={Fang Gao},
  journal={Asian Ethnicity},
  pages={55 - 67}
  • Fang Gao
  • Published 1 February 2008
  • Sociology
  • Asian Ethnicity
Ethnic Koreans in China have been widely recognized as a ‘model minority’ primarily for academic success. Using the data collected as part of a larger ethnographic research on Korean elementary school students, this paper examines how 27 Korean families construct meaning out of the model minority stereotype in the context of their lived experience in Northeast China. Research results indicate that Koreans constructed the multi-faceted nature of ‘model minority’ as a matter of cultural… Expand
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