Although usually excluded from discussions about civil rights, Asian Americans are increasingly introduced as an argument against racial diversity. Yet like all Americans, Asian immigrants and their native-born children benefit from the modest efforts to include everyone in the American Dream. The misleading claims about Asian Americans are quite common. For example, in the Supreme Court cases involving the University of Michigan, even though the plaintiffs were White, their legal counsel obtained class action status to represent Asian Americans as well.
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They asserted that affirmative action harmed not only their Caucasian clients but "especially Asian Americans. Even scholars who say they support affirmative action repeat this error.
Two Princeton University sociologists, who have said they believe that affirmative action is worthwhile, published a widely noticed study last year which stated that Asian Americans at elite college campuses would gain the most seats if Blacks and Latinos lost them. Like many racial stereotypes, the so-called "model minority" status of Asian Americans contains a germ of truth.
Unfortunately, it is exaggerated, distorted and often presented without causes and contexts. Everyday Rituals and the Performance of Community Notes Index About the Author Skip to content Home social science The Racial Mundane.
The Racial Mundane: Asian American Performance and the Embodied Everyday
The various modes of performance developed in these works not only encourage audiences to see habitual behaviors differently, but also reveal the stakes of noticing such behaviors at all. Integrating studies of race, performance, and the everyday, The Racial Mundane invites readers to reflect on how and to what effect perfunctory behaviors become objects of public scrutiny.
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