Asian Americans have the label “model minority” for good reason. We work hard, persist, and beat everyone at everything (or try to). Our Tiger parents often came to America with nothing, but in a few years time, they established a home with educated children and a stable lifestyle.
Seeing that Asian Americans succeed in so many things – e.g. medicine, law, science, business, and other professional areas – why do we suck so badly in fashion and entertainment? In magazines, tv shows, and movies, I see a cake of Caucasian people, frosted with African Americans and Hispanics, and sprinkled with Asians and other ethnicities. What’s up with that, folks? I know it’s not because we don’t try hard. All my Asians in fashion and entertainment have outstanding work ethic, drive, and marketability.
To answer my questions, I interviewed two lovely Vietnamese American women who happened to be working models. They fall under the labels of model, minority, and model minority. What better candidates to explore why Asians aren’t the shit in media (yet)!