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Silent No Longer: 'Model Minority' Mobilizes

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Science  10 Nov 2000:
Vol. 290, Issue 5494, pp. 1072-1077
DOI: 10.1126/science.290.5494.1072

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Angered and emboldened by the Wen Ho Lee case, many Asian-American researchers at national laboratories are decrying their status as "high-tech coolies"--and demanding change. It's a sudden and surprising turn of events for a community that traditionally has avoided political organization, legal recourse, and conflict with authority. And given the growing numerical muscle of Asian Americans in both public and private labs, the budding movement--if sustained--will be felt far beyond the secure fences of the Department of Energy's weapons labs.