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The Good ImmigrantsHow the Yellow Peril Became the Model Minority$
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Madeline Y. Hsu

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780691164021

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691164021.001.0001

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The American Marketplace of Brains

(p.236) Chapter 9 Conclusion
The Good Immigrants

Madeline Y. Hsu

Princeton University Press

This concluding chapter considers early twenty-first-century immigration controls as furthering national economic advantage. The immigrant I.M. Pei, with his imported talent and skills, illustrates the diminishing of racial inequality through his exceptional accomplishments and success even as he reflects the hollowness of such civil rights victories. The quantified overattainment by the Asian American model minority emanates in large measure from immigration preferences that privilege those most likely to succeed educationally, economically, and now entrepreneurially. Model minority successes have served as rebukes to less well performing minority populations by implying that their failure to attain equal standing does not result from past and ongoing discrimination but is somehow attributable to a lack of the kind of cultural values that would produce upward mobility in the land of equal opportunity.

Keywords:   immigration controls, I.M. Pei, racial inequality, civil rights, model minority, Asian Americans, discrimination, equal opportunity

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