Author: Mimi Wong
Model Minority is a coming-of-age debut novel that peers into the microcosm of a high-achieving public high school in California’s Silicon Valley, where a growing Asian immigrant population has led to simmering racial tensions. Sixteen-year-old Sanie, who neither fits in with the Asian kids nor the majority white students, provides an insider/outsider perspective. Her dream of graduating and attending an East Coast art school, of escaping the expectations and pressures of her community, becomes threatened when she finds herself embroiled in an academic cheating scandal and bomb plot (inspired by true events that occurred in the author’s hometown). Confronting issues of racism and privilege, bullying and mental health, the story offers a humanizing look at this often-misunderstood subculture.