While Yang’s comments are in jest, feeding into the model minority myth [AE: You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.] has damaging effects on the Asian American community and beyond, Ocampo said. For Asian Americans, the stereotype creates an environment in which they feel pressured to adhere to standards of academic perfection, and Yang’s jokes could send the harmful message that “the only way they’ll be able to be heard is if they are willing to play off the model minority stereotypes,” he said.
In the latest YouGov survey, Yang gets 13% of “other” (predominately Asian) Democrat support, compared to just 3% of Democrat support overall. Asians don’t seem too concerned about his “feeding into the model minority myth”.
I get the sense that the obsession with Andrew Yang’s putatively problematic stereotypical behavior is driven by cosmopolitan SWPLs, not Asians. The assertion that they are tsk-tsking Yang is a fig leaf. Status-striving SWPLs are hypersensitive to how Asians are pulling away from white kids in the scholastic sorting game. The supine SWPLs dare not say it explicitly, but they don’t want Asian kids already out-performing their own to have a role model like Yang propelling them to even higher heights. It’s not fair!
It’s not just high-stakes tests like the SAT and ACT where the Asian-white gap is wide and widening, it shows up in no-stakes elementary school testing, too. The following graph shows the percentages of 4th graders who are classified as “advanced” in mathematics according to 2019 nationwide NAEP results:
Nothing evokes more visceral hatred from the Cloud People than an accurate stereotype accurately identified.
Parenthetically, the stereotype I want to see validated involves Yang getting hit over the head with a frying pan in the name of expediting convalescence.