Passing for Perfect

College Impostors and Other Model Minorities

erin Khuê Ninh
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PB: $31.95
EAN: 978-1-4399-2052-7
Publication: Jul 21

HC: $104.50
EAN: 978-1-4399-2051-0
Publication: Jul 21

Ebook: $31.95
EAN: 978-1-4399-2053-4
Publication: Jul 21

274 pages
5.25 x 8.5
5 tables



This book utilizes an engaging, accessible writing style to interrogate concepts at the center of the Asian American experience. Centering on figures of the impostor, it pushes up against the model minority myth by detailing the harm it can cultivate when pushed within families and within Asian American communities.

About the Author(s)

erin Khuê Ninh is an Associate Professor of Asian American Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is the author of Ingratitude: The Debt-Bound Daughter in Asian American Literature, which won the Literary Studies Book Award from the Association for Asian American Studies in 2013.


In the Series

  • Asian American History and Culture edited by Cathy Schlund-Vials, Rick Bonus, and Shelley Sang-Hee Lee

    Founded by Sucheng Chan in 1991, the Asian American History and Culture series has sponsored innovative scholarship that has redefined, expanded, and advanced the field of Asian American studies while strengthening its links to related areas of scholarly inquiry and engaged critique. Like the field from which it emerged, the series remains rooted in the social sciences and humanities, encompassing multiple regions, formations, communities, and identities. Extending the vision of founding editor Sucheng Chan and emeriti editor Michael Omi, David Palumbo-Liu, K. Scott Wong and Linda Trinh Võ, series editors Cathy Schlund-Vials, Rick Bonus, and Shelley Sang-Hee Lee continue to develop a foundational collection that embodies a range of theoretical and methodological approaches to Asian American studies.