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The Color of Success: Asian Americans and the Origins of the Model Minority

Ellen D. Wu


This book tells of the astonishing transformation of Asians in the United States from the “yellow peril” to “model minorities”—peoples distinct from the white majority but lauded as well-assimilated, upwardly mobile, and exemplars of traditional family values—in the middle decades of the twentieth century. As the book shows, liberals argued for the acceptance of these immigrant communities into the national fold, charging that the failure of America to live in accordance with its democratic ideals endangered the country's aspirations to world leadership. Weaving together myriad perspectives, t ... More

Keywords: traditional family values, immigrant communities, world leadership, racial reform, national belonging, model minority, African American freedom, Hawaiʻi statehood, juvenile delinquency, Asians

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780691157825
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691157825.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ellen D. Wu, author
Indiana University Bloomington