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Stop Asian American & Pacific Islander Hate

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SNHU Stands Up Against Hate

There has been an alarming and dramatic increase in violent attacks on Asians, Pacific Islanders, and Asian Americans across the country. the xenophobia and racism that drive such acts – fueled presently by ignorance about the pandemic – has long been part of the Asian American experience, going back to the exploitive use of Chinese labor, the Chinese Exclusion Act, the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II, and the casually racist remarks that frequently get no rebuke, even in public and political discourse.

- President LeBlanc

Model Minority Stereotype

"The Model Minority stereotype is the cultural expectation placed on Asian Americans as a group that each individual will be:

  • smart (i.e., naturally good at math, science, and technology),
  • wealthy,
  • hard-working, self-reliant, living the “American dream,"
  • docile and submissive, obedient and uncomplaining and/or
  • spiritually enlightened and never in need of assistance.

Individuals who identify as Asian American may feel pressured to meet these cultural expectations. It is important to remember that no one lives up to a stereotype 100 percent of the time and that Asian Americans are a diverse group of individuals with diverse experiences" (Counseling and Mental Health Center, 2021).

Learn More:


Counseling and Mental Health Center. (2021). Model Minority Stereotype for Asian Americans. The University of Texas at Austin. This link opens in a new window