The Model Minority Myth in Tech [S3E05]
Welcome back to the Tech Policy Grind Podcast by the Internet Law and Policy Foundry. In this episode, Class 4 Fellow Ellen Magallanes interviews Carmen Lo, Associate at White & Case and Mike Pham, Product Manager at the Wikimedia Foundation.
Episode five goes into deep and personal territory. As Asian Americans, what does the model minority myth mean to us in tech? What does “Asian American” even mean? What are some commonalities that unite Asian Americans, particularly in their experience of systemic racism, and what is the danger that lurks behind viewing the AAPI community as a monolith? Join Carmen, Mike and Ellen as we embark on a journey to scratch at the surface of these tough questions and stick around for advice gleaned from working deep in the trenches on how to make diversity better at your workplace.
To learn more about this topic, consider these resources:
- A good starting point is the open source Guide to Allyship by Amélie Lamont.
- This in-depth study by IBM about Asian American Inclusion in the Workplace.
- 2018 Pew Research study showing that income inequality is rapidly rising among Asian Americans.
- William Peterson, “Success Story, Japanese American Style,” New York Times Magazine, January 9, 1966.
- Ascend Pan-Asian Leaders study in 2015, The Illusion of Asian Success.
Thanks for listening, and stay tuned for our next episode!
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