ETH 125 Week 8 - DQ 1 - 7542

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If someone made the below statements to you, how would you explain that the statements are misconceptions? Include whether you think most Americans believe these misconceptions, and why or why not.

            o Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are a model minority.

            o Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders belong to a single “Asian American” culture.

If someone made these statements to me, I would explain that it is a misconception to think that Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders belong to a single “Asian American” culture by informing them of the different Asian cultures any what makes then unique. I would not however, say that the statement “Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are a model minority” is a misconception. I believe this statement to be true because Asian Americans are a group that, “despite past prejudice and discrimination, succeeds economically, socially, and educationally without resorting to political or violent confrontations with Whites” as stated in this weeks reading. Although I do not believe Asian Americans have succeeded faster or farther then any other minority group, the have managed to do it without the confrontations.

I think that most Americans do not believe these “misconceptions.” It does not take a genius to figure out that Asia is a continent with many countries and different cultures. Therefore, I do not see how it is feasible to classify them all together in the same culture. As far as whether or not most Americans believe Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are a model minority, I do not know because I do not believe it is not a misconception and the discussion question says it is. 

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If someone made the below statements to you, how would you explain that the statements are misconceptions? Include whether you think most Americans believe these misconceptions, and why or why not.