Model minority myth: Can positive stereotyping ever be a good thing?
Artist Hera Chan and dentist Glenn Hoa discuss the effects of being labelled a model minority
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"You're Asian, you must be good at music, you should be good at martial arts, you should be good at school."
Those are some of the stereotypes dentist Glenn Hoa heard when he was growing up as a young Montrealer of Vietnamese descent.
Hoa's experience exemplifies the stereotypes of the model minority — the idea that Asian communities are academically and economically more successful than other minority groups.
But what some call positive stereotyping, other people call harmful.
For Hera Chan, an artist, organizer and McGill student of Chinese descent, the idea of the model minority dehumanizes Asians.
As part of the "Real Talk on Race" series, Daybreak host Mike Finnerty sat down with Hoa and Chan to discuss the expectations for the model minority from outside and within their communities; the lack of discussion on solidarity between Asian and Black communities; and, in light of Chris Rock's recent bit at this year's Oscars, the idea that Asian stereotypes are fair game for jokes.