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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

Pronunciation Usage Guide

Syllabification: mod·el mi·nor·i·ty

Audio Pronunciation

– American English
– British English

Phonetic Spelling

  • American English – /mAHd-l muh-nOR-uh-tee/
  • British English – /mOdl mie-nOr-i-tee/

International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English – /ˈmɑdəl maɪˈnɔrəti/
  • British English – /ˈmɒdl maɪˈnɒrɪti/

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 February 24, 2020 (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 February 24, 2020. https://sociologydictionary.org/model-minority/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“model minority.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 24 Feb. 2020. <https://sociologydictionary.org/model-minority/>.