response to classmate module 4

Module 4: Rethinking the “Model-Minority” (graded)
Jerry: Hi, class and Prof. McCormick when doing this discussion post I focused on the mental effects of the model-minority. I answered the questions but I also took it down another road that we might not think about.

The Chinese exclusion act of 1882 and the national origins act of 1942 prohibited anyone from the Asian continent to come to America for migration. Then in 1965, we had the immigration and nationality act of 1965 which removed the quota system and favored work skills, and focuses on family reunification. Due to this, we saw major gains from the Asian population migrating due to having sought after skills and those after the Vietnam war seeking asylum, when we look from 1970 onward this is one of the many reasons why we have seen an increase of a migration boom of the Asian population. In the early 19th century, the promise of the gold rush on the western frontier also drove many Asians to migrate to America for economical gain, sadly most were forced into manual labor jobs facing harsh and even deadly working conditions. The pre-1965 image of the Asian immigrants was seen as unintelligent, low skilled workers, and day laborers. Due to the immigration act of 1965, we started to see more Asian students and American Asians achieving higher education and jobs that are more lucrative then their parents had the opportunity, this has caused a “positive stereotype” but also it has led to a very destructive mindset for educators and those students of Asian descent. Because Asians are seen as “more intelligent” schools might overlook the student when they are struggling this “positive” stereotype has done more damage to the race than good, yes it might allow them to get a job but when they are not performing at the level that is “expected for an Asian” to be at they face disciplinary actions more than other races in the job market; Due to the unrealistic expectations the supervisor has of the individual from an Asian background, and this is due to the effect of the “model minority” which was coined in the late 1960s era. We see that the Asian population has a growing mental health problem due to this expectation of the “model minority” they are seeing an increase in anxiety and depression of the Asian population which is linked to schooling and achievement gained being at an unrealistically high standered. Going into a job that you don’t really want but your expected to get due to your race, This population might have Reaped the “rewards” of being “white adjacent” but they have also allowed themselves to fallow into a path that they themselves might not want to take. They now have to fight harder than any other race to ask for help or be seen to also suffer from mental health problems, This is something we as social workers SHOULD be aware of when handling and working with Asian populations; to know how hard it is for them to admit there is something wrong with me I don’t know what it is but I need help. As they have faced their whole life as being seen as perfect and highly inteligent.

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Countering stereotypes about Asian Americans. (n.d.). Retrieved November 16, 2020, from

Fuchs, C. (2017, August 22). Behind the ‘Model Minority’ Myth: Why the ‘Studious Asian’ Stereotype Hurts. Retrieved November 16, 2020, from

: ‘A for Average, B for Bad’ – an NBC Asian America short documentary from Jubilee Media
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Frey, W. H. (2018). Diversity explosion: How new racial demographics are remaking America

Module 4: Podcast: They Call Us Not Quite White (graded
Jerry: White adjacent from the authors statements is that you lean in more favor of white behavior or beliefs while minimizing your own self or race identity, identifying being white as a secondary race than black or Hispanic secured your naturalization as an American citizen; being white or identifying as white was portrayed by the Asian community that they will face better chances in life, schooling, and work. For those from South Asia they had to decide am I white or am I Indian there was no in-between for them due to how the world viewed the individuals.

Module 4: Self-Awareness and Family Social Work (graded)
Courtney: Dear Class,

After completing and reflecting on my family’s genogram and the Family Assessment assignment, I have learned that there is a lack of commitment within relationships throughout multiple generations. This lack of commitment has caused several relationships to be broken and some never resolved. With saying that, this lack of commitment within those relationships, currently plays a toll on relationships that I have now. This is something still to this day I find being an issue within my adult life. As Collins, Jordan, & Coleman (2013) states, “Resilience is boosted by protective factors and thwarted by risk factors.” (p. 149) Through resiliency skills that I have developed, I am able to take the lack of commitment within relationships and incorporate that into how I develop rapport with my clients. Building rapport with clients, and truly engaging in a relationship is something I spend a decent amount of time on when it comes to my professional career.


Collins, D., Jordan, C., & Coleman, H. (2013). An introduction to family social work (4th ed.) Brooks/Cole.

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