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Model Minority Myth

Model Minority Myth

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Day 26: April 5, 2021

  • During the Covid-19 pandemic, there has been a marked increase in anti-Asian sentiment and racism in the United States.

  • On March 16th, 2021, a mass shooting occured in three Atlanta spas and massage parlors. Eight people were killed, six of whom were Asian women.

  • As an Asian and a Filipino-American, I've been at a loss for words with current events. As a way of beginning to articulate my thoughts, I worked on this mini project with a scratch effect revealing the myth of the "model minority."

  • The "model minority" myth is the "one-size-fits-all" and stereotypical perception of Asians being a "polite, law-abiding group who have achieved a higher level of success than the general population through some combination of innate talent and pull-yourselves-up-by-your-bootstraps immigrant striving." Source: Learning for Justice.


1. Git clone and cd into the repo folder:

git clone && cd model-minority-myth

2. Run the command:

open index.html

3. On your device, move the cursor around to see the reveal effect.


In the script.js file:

const bubbles = document.createElement("span"); = -75 + e.offsetX + "px"; = -75 + e.offsetY + "px";
  • The JavaScript function for the mousemove event creates a span element.

  • For the span to exceed the browser's frame, offset values are added to the mouse coordinates.

Live Site

  • Due to the offset in pixel values, the span can appeared warped or rippled.

  • This warping is most apparent at the bottom of the browser frame.

Live Site

Live Site

Model Minority Myth is best viewed on a desktop or laptop computer browser.

Model Minority Myth is a progressive web app.



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A scratch reveal effect of the text "not your model minority" in regards to addressing anti-Asian hate and racism.