chapter  5
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Racial discrimination and social response

While there is abundant documented evidence of historical racial discrimination against the Asians in Canada, little is known about how they react to and cope with racism. The perception of Asians since the early 1970s as ʻmodel minorities ʼ in Canada, and the stereotypes of the Chinese in particular as polite, economically self-sufficient, hard-working and law-abiding citizens, among other consequences, serves to divert public attention from the difficulties they have encountered. In a sense, they have become the ʻinvisible ʼvisible, not seen, not heard and, therefore, not attended to by the public.