When going through perfect: University impostors and other Model Minorities, Erin Khuê Ninh focuses on answering several questions: "How do you feel to be a model minority, and why would that lead one to live a Lying? "

specifically, the book focuses on American Asians. The theme of "impostors" is different for American Asian students. It is not that they are from some other group that pretend to be Asian. But they are embracing or rejecting (or both) the idea of ​​the model minority, sometimes with tragic results.

Ninh, Associate Professor of American Asian Studios at the University of California, Santa Barbara, answered questions about her book by email.

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  • Rational economic advantages - Present or absent? The cases in which they referred, as Jessica Krug, have occupied racial identities that were not grown, so they are "passing" in a classic sense as, yes, "members of another race". What makes his charades are sensational and, I think that for many people, surprising is only that they have chosen to pass what is usually the least advantageous direction. Historically, people have passed to access the superior social situation and the economic opportunities of whiteness. Why pretend to be a member of a racially discriminated group? But, of course, in its line of work as ethnic studies, being part of the ethnic study group translates to more economic opportunities and the social status of experts.

    On the other hand, university impostors focus are already Asian; What they pretend is the particular definition of American Asians as highly achievements, strategies, doctors / lawyers / engineers (to be). Then, what "pass" for the model minority, but that is the racial identity already assigned since birth. (Harvard Onseies at the Baby Shower, either?) A model of minority formula of them by (immigrants), the ethnic community and American society in general, as its "charada" (assisting a university of Ensem, taking stem classes. ...) It is actually everything that has been allowed to imagine doing it. They are playing the most stereotypically successful version of themselves, but at no discernible economic advantage, which is what makes everything Stand out. No amount of pretending that a college student will add to a real title, and meanwhile, he is spending in real money, so the opportunity costs are high. Any cynical can see why Krug did what she did, but the motivations behind the apparently irrational behaviors of university impostors take much more explanation. A whole book, I would say.

    Q: Could you discuss the case of Azia Kim? What do you expect to show the case?

    A: In the spring of 2007, it was discovered that a young man had spent almost all year academic posing as a first-year student in Stanford. Azia squatted in the bedrooms than all the time and merged directly to the daily flow of going to classes, studying in the library, writing papers. I call it my "exemplary" case because she shows the quality of this kind of passage, what she expected, the touching. She here was deceiving everyone in her life, but not to hurt anyone. In the heart of going through Model Minority is a painful paradox: azia pierced by Tak


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