Abagond explains what is behind the model minority stereotype and how U.S. immigration law has changed from being racist to be classist, favoring the highly educated.
The Asian brain drain (1965- ) is the flow of highly educated people from Asia to the US: doctors from India, nurses from the Philippines, engineers from China, and so on. It is the “truth” behind the Model Minority stereotype, which racializes a false correlation.
People have been coming to the US from Asia for hundreds of years for all kinds of reasons. But most Asians came as part of three main waves:
- 1849 to 1934: mostly field workers, especially from China, Japan and the Philippines.
- 1965 to present: the brain drain, especially from Taiwan, Hong Kong, China, India, the Philippines and South Korea.
- 1970s to 1980s: refugees, especially from Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos.
Of the three, the brain drain is the one that middle-class White Americans most frequently come across.
Each of these waves is…
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