Not Your Model Minority explores the myth and the intersections with past and present anti-Asian violence. The film reveals the ways the model minority myth has been used to create a wedge between communities of color, while also examining opportunities to build power towards addressing systemic racism in America.
"Congratulations on a superb and nuanced film on this complex topic! It was an honor to be part of it."
Not Your Model Minority explores the origins of the myth and the intersections with past and present anti-Asian violence. The film reveals the many ways the model minority myth has been used to create a wedge between communities of color and perpetuate divisive narratives. Not Your Model Minority also examines opportunities to build power and make progress toward addressing systemic racism in America.
“Not Your Model Minority'' is a poignant documentary that explores the root of the racism, trauma, and resiliency of the Asian American experience. The filmmaker, Jon Osaki, approaches the story with a lens that seeks not to just expose the harms that have befallen our community, but inspires and offers a call to action, in allyship, to reclaim our narrative.”
“As a first generation American from an Asian family, we never talked about the struggles of the Asian community in America. The women in my family were taught very young to be seen and not heard. After watching this documentary I realized how common this was and how detrimental it is to our society as a whole trying to conform to this model minority myth.”