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Federico Antoni — VC, lecturer & marketer

Alexander Hugh Sam, Product Manager at GlobalVision

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Model Breakers

“Charlene Wang weaves a forceful case for asserting identity, with her deep empathy and understanding of where we are and where we can go. Model Breakers is an essential and practical reading that everyone needs to learn.”

— Chi Hua Yang, Chairman of Din Tai Fung

"Model Breakers is an insightful, moving and timely book about the Asian American experience. Blending together insights from the scholarly literature with Charlene's and personal experiences, this book is a must read for everyone interested in understanding the Asian American experience at this critical moment of our history."

— Richard M. Locke, provost of Brown University and Schreiber Family Professor of Political Science and International and Public Affairs

“Model Breakers is an important guide for overcoming debilitating stereotypes on your journey to living out your truest self. Rich and full, it teaches with stories from Charlene Wang's own experience. It delivers on the most important message one can hear: We are not alone.”

— Jerry Colonna, author of Reboot: Leadership and the Art of Growing Up

“A brave book about the Asian American experience and Charlene’s personal journey to understand, and to break out of the straightjacket of the Model Minority myth. There are many insights here about family, careers and how it feels when your success is defined by others, and demanded by all. These insights are painfully earned and rarely shared. A timely, liberating story full of uncomfortable truths.”

Khanh Nguyen, vice president at Google

Model Breakers confronts the tough questions of identity and stereotypes with insightful research, deliberate exercises, and compelling personal experiences. The future belongs to model breakers, and Wang has written an important playbook to help us embrace our full potential in life.”

Laura Huang, professor at Harvard Business School and international best selling author of Edge: Turning Adversity into Advantage

“There is a line from Evita that goes “she had all the disadvantages she needed to succeed” So When Charlene Wang talks about model minorities, I conclude that they lacked some opportunities but that they had enormous advantages - an unbelievable work ethic, an amazing family culture and a competitive environment that would not be denied. America was built by minorities and its future is minorities.”

— Howard Anderson, co-founder of Battery Ventures, founder of The Yankee Group, senior lecturer at Harvard Business School

“A beautiful and profound read on what it means to be Asian in America. Model Breakers uses compelling real-world examples to show the how and why we need to embrace who we are and speak up for our communities.”

— Tiffany Yu, founder & CEO, Diversability

“It’s rare to see a book that talks so elegantly about America’s deep-seated cultural prejudices but also serves as a hands-on guide to start changing them. Model Breakers could well herald the beginning of a new genre that seeks to not just reveal social problems but also to help people start to dismantle them. That’s something we’ve been sorely missing.