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model minority

Definition of Model Minority

(noun) A stereotypical view of an ethnic, racial, or religious minority group that is assumed to have achieved a high level of educational, economical, and professional success.

Model Minority Pronunciation

  • IPA Pronunciation
    • American English
      • /ˈmɑd(ə)l məˈnɔrədi/
      • /ˈmɑd(ə)l maɪˈnɔrədi/
    • British English
      • /ˈmɒdl mʌɪˈnɒrᵻti/
      • /ˈmɒdl mᵻˈnɒrᵻti/
  • Syllabification: (mod·el mi·nor·i·ty)

Usage Notes

  • Plural: model minorities
  • Attributed to William Peterson who used the term in “Success Story: Japanese American Style” published by New York Times Magazine in 1966.

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Cite the Definition of Model Minority

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “model minority.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved October 17, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/model-minority/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

model minority. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/model-minority/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “model minority.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed October 17, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/model-minority/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“model minority.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 17 Oct. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/model-minority/>.