Category: Asian American History

Stereotypes of South Asians Then and Now

Stereotypes of South Asians today may tend to focus on high-tech workers and spelling-bee winners who are “model minorities” out-competing white Americans. As this cartoon illustrates, 100 years ago, South Asians were stereotyped as being unassimilable cheap laborers who would take away white jobs. What has changed and what has remained the same?

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South Vietnamese refugees on a US ship

Southeast Asian Refugee Stories 40 Years After the Fall of Saigon

We’re still thinking about the legacies of the wars in Southeast Asia this summer. This op-ed I co-wrote for the Minneapolis Star Tribune considers what that history means when we turn the spotlight on Southeast Asian refugees and their children. It also includes a link to the Immigration History Research Center’s Immigrant Stories Digital Storytelling […]

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