I created this poster in May 2008 after seeing Michelle Schwartz’s Your Mom Had Groupies. At that time I was thinking a lot about how the “model minority” myth is used to reinforce the idea that keeping your head down will bring rewards from the white majority.
Since that time, I’ve had the opportunity to hear Helen Zia and Grace Lee Boggs speak. I met Curtis Chin and ran into the Angry Asian Man. And this is what my Asian America looks like.
I appreciate the fact that so many people have embraced this poster. But I have been seeing it used without attribution in a number of places. It would be great if the image could be credited. The top photograph is by Roz Payne. Thanks.
Edited to add: Thanks to those who kindly added the credit. The four photographs on the bottom are of Mari Matsuda, Yuri Kochiyama, Helen Zia and Grace Lee Boggs.