Model Minority vs. COVID-19 and #BLM

In Case You Missed It: Model Minority vs. COVID-19

On June 17, the Queens College Library partnered with the Queens Public Library to host a Queens Memory COVID-19 Project event, Model Minority vs. COVID-19: Education Through Crisis, for Asians In America.” This virtual roundtable was moderated by incoming Queens College president Frank Wu, author of Yellow: Race in America Beyond Black and White, and co-sponsored by the Asian/American Center at Queens College, and the Asian American/Asian Research Institute – CUNY. Panelists included Professor Joyce Moy, Executive Director of the Asian American and Asian Research Institute; Dr. Madhulika Khandelwal, Director of Asian/American Center; Dr. Vivian Louie, Director of the Asian American Studies Program and Center at Hunter College; and Dr. John Chin, Professor of Urban Policy and Planning and Director of the Graduate Urban Planning Program at Hunter College. Panelists had a fruitful discussion of the “model minority” myth, the current higher educational experience for Asians in America, racism during the pandemic, and how Asians in America can provide ally-ship and solidarity to other groups experiencing racial oppression.

The event can now be viewed on the Queens Memory streaming platform: click here!

Resource: Asian American Community Collaboration, Support and Advocacy on BLM and Killing of George Floyd

Compiled by Antony Wong, Program Coordinator, Asian American/Asian Research Institute (AAARI) City University of New York (This is not intended to be an exhaustive list)

Resources for Asian Americans Against Anti-Black Racism

  • Asian Americans Supporting the Black Community — An Explainer and Resources (link)
  • Resources for the Asian American Community on Anti-Blackness (Asian Americans Advancing Justice) (link)
  • Meet the Asian Americans helping to uproot racism in their communities (link)
  • 75 ways Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are speaking out for Black lives (link)

Organizations with Statements Regarding George Floyd/Black Lives Matter

Co-Endorsing Organizations of Movement for Black Lives (M4BL)

  • Asian Solidarity Collective
  • AAPIs for Civic Empowerment
  • Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance – APALA
  • Can’t Stop! Won’t Stop! Consulting
  • Southeast Asian Freedom Network
  • 18 Million Rising
  • Equality Labs
  • Grassroots Asians Rising
  • Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC)
  • The National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA)
  • PICO California
  • Providence Youth Student Movement
  • HANA Center
  • Khmer Anti-deportation Advocacy Group
  • Asian Americans Advancing Justice | Chicago
  • Japanese American Citizens League
  • OCA-Asian American Advocates (East Bay)
  • Asian American Advocacy Fund
  • Filipino Advocates for Justice
  • MinKwon Center for Community Action
  • Asian Law Alliance
  • Asian Americans United
  • South Asian Americans Leading Together
  • APIENC (API Equality – Northern California)
  • Khmer Girls in Action
  • VietRISE
  • Oakland Asian Cultural Center
  • National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum
  • CAA Chinese for Affirmative Action
  • Ahri Center
  • Asian Americans Advancing Justice | Asian Law Caucus
  • The People’s Collective for Justice and Liberation
  • VietAID
  • National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development (National CAPACD)
  • AZ AANHPI for Equity
  • Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Atlanta

More about the Queens Memory COVID-19 Project

Learn more about this community archiving project and how you can contribute your stories, photographs, and videos here

Celebrating Diversity: Double Feature!

Welcome to Celebrating Diversity, a library newsletter series showcasing books and resources that tell the stories of the many cultural and ethnic groups that call Queens home. Whether you are preparing an academic assignment or looking for your next great read, we hope you find inspiration in the history and culture of our colleagues, friends, and neighbors in “The World’s Borough.”

May is both Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month and Jewish American Heritage Month. Professors Q. Joan Xu and Izabella Taler, our expert subject librarians in these areas, are kicking off this series with featured ebooks and other resources from their Research Guides.

Access to ebooks and most other featured resources requires a valid QCard: please contact us if you have any issues logging in.

Asian/Pacific American and Jewish American Heritage Month

Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month was first declared in 1978. The month of May was chosen to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States on May 7, 1843, and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869. The majority of the workers who laid the tracks were Chinese immigrants (

Jewish American Heritage Month’s history is more recent, as it was declared by President George W. Bush in 2006.

Two ebooks examine the intersections of Asian American and Jewish American experiences and are highly recommended:

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Modeling Citizenship by Cathy Schlund-Vials
ISBN: 9781439903179
Publication Date: 2011-04-23

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JewAsian by Helen Kiyong Kim; Noah Samuel Leavitt
ISBN: 9780803285651
Publication Date: 2016-07-01

Asian/pacific American heritage Resources

Professor Xu’s Asian Studies Research Guide has a comprehensive array of ebooks and websites. Here are some highlights:

Featured Websites

Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month: this guide, produced by the National Park Service, Library of Congress, and other federal partners, has extensive history and heritage information, and a special portal for educators.

APA Heritage: San Francisco’s official celebration site lets you virtually explore Asian food, literature, films, museums, and performances.

Featured ebooks
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The Color of Success by Ellen D. Wu
ISBN: 9780691168029
Publication Date: 2015-12-29

The Color of Success tells of the astonishing transformation of Asians in the United States from the “yellow peril” to “model minorities”–peoples distinct from the white majority but lauded as well-assimilated, upwardly mobile, and exemplars of traditional family values–in the middle decades of the twentieth century

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Negotiating Tradition, Becoming American by Rifat Anjum Salam
ISBN: 9781593326203
Publication Date: 2013-12-01

Salam examines how second generation South Asian Americans assimilate by analyzing their family experiences, their structural circumstances and their adult life choice through the lens of arranged marriage.

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Scent of Apples by Bienvenido N. Santos; Jessica Hagedorn (Foreword by); Allan Punzalan Isaac (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780295995113
Publication Date: 2015-09-01

This collection of sixteen stories brings the work of a distinguished Filipino writer to an American audience.

Jewish American heritage Resources

Research Services Librarian Izabella Taler, liaison for Jewish Studies, presents highlights from the Jewish Studies Research Guide.

Featured E-Resources and Websites

The Association of Jewish Libraries leads one to extensive information related to Jewish Americans.

Jewish Review of Books includes much more than just reviews. It also offers articles about “religion, literature, culture, and politics, as well as fiction, poetry, and the arts.”

Ethnic NewsWatch is another great resource-you will find articles published in journals and newspapers including  American Jewish History, Jerusalem Post, Jewish Chronicle, and Jewish Film & New Media.

Featured ebooks

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American Jewish History by Gary Phillip Zola (Editor); Marc Dollinger (Editor)
ISBN: 9781611685091
Publication Date: 2014-11-04

Recommended for an overview of the American Jewish historical experience, and for students looking for primary source materials.

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New York’s Yiddish Theater by Edna Nahson (Editor); Museum of the City of New York Staff
ISBN: 9780231176705
Publication Date: 2016-03-08

Explore the historic role of American Jews in the entertainment industry. An excellent source for students interested in performing arts, New York City history, and the evolution of theater.

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Typically Jewish by Nancy Kalikow Maxwell
ISBN: 9780827613027
Publication Date: 2019-03-01

A humorous romp through Jewish American culture and history, organized into chapters like “Worrying,” “Kvelling,” “Dying,” and “Noshing.”

New Armenian Studies materials

by Asif Alam

Visitors to Rosenthal Library’s Level 3 will notice a new display of books on Armenian Studies. These books were purchased through the generous donation of Hratch Zadoian, professor of political science and retired administrator at Queens College.

Associate Professor James Mellone’s new Armenian Studies research guide has comprehensive information about the new books. Please visit to learn more or to set up a research consultation.

Great Books for Black History Month

by Asif Alam | February 2020

Africana Studies Librarian and Professor James Tasato Mellone has curated a special display of important works on African-American history and culture. Check them out on Level 3, near the Research Office, and bring one home!

The Library has extensive collections in African-American studies. You can learn more about what’s available by visiting the Research Office, consulting the Africana Studies Guide, or contacting Prof. Mellone at