Episode 029

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In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. day, I'm airing a special series of intimate and insightful interviews with four Harvard educators and two University of California professors on topics related to Implicit Bias. Our sixth topic of the 6-part series: Model Minority.

In this episode, I chat with Dr. Judy Wu, PhD Stanford, Professor and Chair of Asian American Studies in the School of Humanities, at the University of California, Irvine. She shares her personal experience on as an Asian immigrant and anecdotes on raising her children in California and Ohio. The following topics were discussed:

  • Overview of the history of Model Minority

  • Uncovering how assumptions could negatively impact Asian American students in the support they receive for mental health and academic interventions

  • The relationship between model minority and systemic discrimination

  • How to have a conversation with children on race: need vs. opportunity

  • Concrete examples of how schools and public institutions can create an inclusive and global understanding of the United States