Through my review of the literature, it became apparent that the model-minority stereotype was socially constructed as a means of maintaining a hegemonic society. It was during the midst of the civil rights movement when this new narrative on Asian Americans began to emerge. In the 1960s, African Americans in particular began claiming that disadvantaged environments and racist educators were to blame for their inability to excel. At this point, a slew of mainstream media articles began to recognize Asian Americans as a minority group who managed to succeed, despite living as a minority in American society. Even though some may argue that the portrayal of Asian Americans as model minorities resulted in more favorable attitudes towards these individuals, many researchers believe the widely accepted stereotype was merely a means of maintaining hegemony and silencing the claims that America was a society built on racial inequalities.
Here are some mainstream media articles that contributed to the construction and maintenance of the model-minority stereotype: