Since the end of WWII, the perceived success of Asian Americans – who have been wrongly portrayed as a monolithic group – has led white apologists to cast this group as the “model minority.” The lack of cross-racial conversations keeps people isolated in their own racial groups at the expense of personal, professional, and societal growth.

This panel will explore what happens when racialized groups begin to dialogue. Panelists will discuss the myth of the model minority, what happens when language is used as a social construct to divide, and what happens when the American racial hierarchy forces one to choose a particular identity or culture over another. How can we speak openly and honestly in cross-racial conversations?

For registration (both in-person and virtual) please visit the 2023 Elinor Williams Hooker Tea Talks Series page.

This program is part of a series, Bringing It Back: Conversations We Still Need, presented by the Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire and funded in part by a NHH Community Project Grant.

Event Details


Sunday, March 5, 2023 2:00pm


Levenson Room, Portsmouth Public Library
175 Parrott Ave
Portsmouth NH 03801

Hosted By:

Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire

Contact Info:

Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire 603-570-8469