Intelligent. Hard-working. Quiet. Obedient. Analytical. High-Achieving.

These are the pervasive stereotypes of the “model minority” myth some Asian Canadians and immigrants say plagues every aspect of their lives, keeping them from being seen and living as their full authentic selves.

Now younger generations say they want to dismantle the competition for white approval the myth creates between Asian communities and other communities of colour.

This Asian Heritage Month, CBC spoke to four artists and activists who are pushing back on the limits the stereotype imposes on who Asian Canadians can be.

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