Discussion 1

The Chinese Exclusion Act is one example of an institutional form of Oppression. It is a form of institutional oppression because a Law or Policy directly impacted the formation of families and intimate relationships among Chinese immigrants to the U.S. during this Era. Consider the present time. Are there current laws or policies that impact the formation of Asian American families or intimate relationships? 

In your opinion, please discuss one example of a current law or policy that you believe impacts the formation of Asian American families or intimacies today.

400 words.

Disccusion 2

1. What do you know about the "model minority?” Share with us any experiences or prior knowledge about Asian Americans and the concept of the “model minority”  (200 word)

2. Author erin Kuhe Ninh is known for suggesting that instead of a myth, the model minority “is an identity: a set of convictions and aspirations, regardless of present socioeconomic status or future attainability.” Discuss your opinion of whether “model minority” is a myth or an identity. (300 word)

3. Reflect on this week’s topic using the lens of our core concepts of Power and Systems of Oppression. In at least 250 words, name and reflect on the  types of power and  aspects of systems of oppression that you believe influences the pressure from immigrant families to be “perfect”. Please reference “Model Minority Identity” and “The Success Frame” mentioned in the reading this week. Then, share any experiences you might have from your own family or parents/parent figures about “being perfect.”

(300 word)