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Singaporeans in the US navigate racist stereotypes

Singaporean lecturer Jerrine Tan says Asian Americans are held up as the model minority when it is useful or convenient.
Singaporean lecturer Jerrine Tan says Asian Americans are held up as the model minority when it is useful or convenient.PHOTO: COURTESY OF JERRINE TAN

NEW YORK - Singaporean film-maker Eunice Lau, who lives in New York, remembers the morning she was walking back to her hotel from work on a film project in Minneapolis some years ago.

"I remember it was about 10.30am or 11am," she tells The Straits Times. "So, broad daylight, downtown Minneapolis, walking from the federal courthouse to the hotel.

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