The Model Minority Myth: How Anti-Asian Racism Persists in Tech – Recording

April 8, 2021

About the Discussion

On Thursday, April 8th, from 12-1 pm, we had a conversation about the origin of the Model Minority Myth, how anti-Asian racism manifests in the tech industry, and what we can do about it. The conversation was moderated by Catherine Bracy, CEO & Co-Founder of TechEquity Collaborative. Big thanks to our panelists:

  • Timmy Lu, Executive Director of AAPIs for Civic Empowerment & AAPIs for Civic Empowerment Education Fund
  • Alexander Cho, Ph.D. and Assistant Professor for the Department of Asian American Studies at University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Ivy Teng Lei, Head of Growth at Exygy

Follow-up Resources

Looking for more information about the Model Minority myth and how anti-Asian racism shows up in tech and the workplace? Check out a few of these resources mentioned in the conversation:

  1. Ivy Teng Lei’s blog post called Dear America: We Are Not Your Model Minority
  2. The inception of the Model Minority myth, coined by UC Berkeley professor William Petersen 
  3. An announcement from Kaiser committing $4.5M to fight xenophobia
  4. A study that found faculty members more likely to respond to inquiries from prospective graduate students who are white males
  5. Donate directly to AAPI FORCE to sustain their vital work

Thank you to our partner Blend for sponsoring this event.

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