Title

Asian Americans beyond the model minority stereotype: The nerdy and the left out

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2010

Abstract

Most racial-ethnic stereotypes about Asian Americans are constructed, activated, and perpetuated by the media, but very few empirical studies have ever investigated the extent to which people accept the media stereotypes about Asians. This study applied cultivation theory to examine whether people's perceptions of Asian Americans are consistent with media stereotypes and whether the media activated racial-ethnic stereotypes affect people's interaction behaviors with Asians. Results demonstrate that people's perceptions and judgments about Asian Americans are largely aligned with the media representations, and these stereotypes impact people's intent to interact with Asians. Four specific findings were obtained. First, among racial-ethnic groups in the U.S., Asians are perceived as most likely to achieve academic success; second, Asians are most likely to be perceived as nerds; third, Asians are perceived as most likely to be left out; and last, people are least likely to initiate friendship with Asians and Hispanics.

Comments

Copyright 2010 Taylor and Francis

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Publication Title

Journal of International and Intercultural Communication

Published Citation

Zhang, Qin (2010). "Asian Americans beyond the model minority stereotype: The nerdy and the left out." Journal of International and Intercultural Communication, 3(1), 20-37.

DOI

10.1080/17513050903428109