Mere Mortals | NYC | May 4, 2023

Image of a bed with a clump of sheets down the middle. Text adjacent to the image reads: More Mortals: recovering the model minority

More than simply a “myth” or a stereotype, the model minority is a racial form that brings with it very real expectations and consequences for Asian Americans. What kinds of harm are done when Asian Americans too often and too readily invest in the idea of the model minority? What will it take to undo this devastating ideal altogether? This panel brings together authors whose work examines the relationship between the model minority, health, and Asian American well-being.

Thursday, May 4, 2023, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Presented by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU
20 Cooper Square, 4th floor New York, NY 10003
Free | Register (Registration required)

Melissa Hung
erin Khuê Ninh, author of Passing for Perfect: College Impostors and Other Model Minorities
James Kyung-Jin Lee, author of Pedagogies of Woundedness: Illness, Memoir, and the Ends of the Model Minority 

COVID-19 & NYU campus access guidelines: All attendees must be able to present proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and boosted with an FDA-authorized or WHO-listed vaccine. Non-NYU guests may be asked to present a government-issued photo ID. NYU guests must present their NYU ID. It is strongly recommended that audience members wear a well-fitted mask during the event.

Accessibility note: This venue has an elevator and is accessible for wheelchair users. There are single-stall, all gender restrooms available. If you have any access needs, please email

Update: A recording of the event is available here.

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