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In America, racial stereotypes are profoundly evident; Asian Americans often are held to a standard that includes academic excellence, tiger-parenting and bad driving.

The model minority myth is severely harmful not only to other minority groups, but to Asian Americans themselves — particularly when considering the mental health of Asian American adolescents.

Dispelling the model minority myth is key to protecting the wellbeing of Asian American youth.

Barriers to mental health services for Asian Americans include stigma, low mental health literacy, and the model minority myth, the latter causing extensive anxiety and depression among Asian Americans adolescents through the immense stress and expectations they experience.

Asian Americans should never be boxed into a personality type or path — we should be free to decide that for ourselves.

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