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August 18, 2021
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Menlo Park, CA 94025
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From Yellow Peril to the Model Minority Myth: Asian Americans in the U.S.

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Over the course of our history, how has the view of Asian Americans gone from “Yellow Peril” to “Model Minority” – and what are the negative impacts of that Model Minority myth?

Join us for a talk by Professor Hien Duc Do, taking us on the historical journey of Asian American, and the perception of those communities. 

This presentation will include a brief overall history of the Asian American communities in the US.  It will focus on different significant historical, social, and political events which have helped shaped the development of these communities and seek to answer how Asian Americans have transitioned from the Yellow Peril to the Model Minority (myth) and their impacts on these communities.

About Hien Duc Do

Professor Hien Duc Do received his PhD in Sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is a Professor in the Sociology and Interdisciplinary Social Sciences at San Jose State University and Coordinator of Asian American Studies, and a visiting faculty at Stanford.   His primary research interests include Vietnamese American communities, race relations, the development of Asian American communities, and the impact of religion on immigration. 

Dr. Do is the author of The Vietnamese Americans (Greenwood Press, 1999), co-editor of On the Corner of Bliss and Nirvana: Immigration and Religion (2002), an associate producer of "Viet Nam: At the Crossroads," (PBS, 1994), and author of numerous articles. He is the past President of the Association of Asian American Studies (2000-2002). Dr. Do is often sought after for interviews by national newspapers and television stations.  

This free event received partial funding support from the Friends of the Menlo Park Library.