Claire Jean Kim

Claire Jean Kim, a Korean American [professor of political science and Asian-American studies at UC Irvine], developed a theory of racial triangulation in the 1990s that provides a spot-on explanation of the structural factors currently at play. Because Asians and Asian Americans are considered neither White nor Black, Kim argues that Asian Americans across ethnicities are stereotyped as both perpetual foreigners and model minorities. In this context, they often serve as a foil or wedge in the historical and ongoing racialized contestation between Blacks and Whites.

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