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AsianfailNarratives of Disenchantment and the Model Minority$
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Eleanor Ty

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780252040887

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252040887.001.0001

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Eleanor Ty

University of Illinois Press

While the hashtags #Asianfail, #failAsian and #Asianfailure on Tumblr, Instagram and Twitter feature pictures and humorous anecdotes of Asians who "fail" at doing what Asians are supposed to be good at, cooking rice, using chopsticks, excelling in Math, playing the violin, they are poignant reminders of the ideological power of stereotypes. The myth of the model minority, with its stress on economic and professional success continues to influence the way Asian North Americans see themselves and are perceived by others. The first decade of the twenty-first century has been characterized by economic instability and political insecurity that has resulted in a life of precarity and unhappiness for young Asian Americans and Asian Canadians, but it has also given rise to books and films that contest normative scripts of ethnic identity.

Keywords:   Asianfail, model minority, Amy Chua, Lauren Berlant, Judith Halberstam, mental health, depression, failure, American dream

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