Questioning the ‘Model Minority’ Categorization: A Feminist View of Vietnamese Americans in the Economy

This paper aims to break down the model minority framework by offering an analytical overview of Asian Americans, particularly in the context of women. I do this through an examination of the ‘average’ Asian American woman in the economy and a disaggregated perspective of Asian Americans in the economy. Further and importantly, I explore the experiences of those who do not fit the ‘model minority’ framework, namely Southeast Asians. I examine the experiences of Vietnamese American women in the economy through a historical lens to contextualize their contemporary economic position. Despite the group’s relative underperformance in the economy, I observe that Vietnamese women have positively contributed to their economic security through both paid and unpaid work.

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