Chinese in Canada a target of increased hate during pandemic

first_imgEllen, who asked to be identified by first name only, said the database will guide advocacy to combat racism.”Very lewd, inappropriate and derogatory remarks and gestures, I’ve experienced quite a bit of that, mostly referencing characteristics of being Asian,” she said.”The anticipation of what might happen to me is quite stressful, scary and disturbing.” Vancouver resident Trixie Ling recalls her disgust and anger after a passing stranger taunted her with racial and sexual slurs in early May. Then he spat on her face.”I was feeling a mixture of shock, disgust and sadness that it happened to me,” Ling said in an interview with AFP near the scene. “But I knew I’m not the only one this has happened to.” Hate-mongeringA stone lion statue on the historic gate of Vancouver’s 125-year-old Chinatown was vandalized last week with “China” and “Covid” graffiti.A nearby Chinese cultural center’s windows were also recently vandalized. A mobile police surveillance camera trailer now monitors the area.Canadian singer Bryan Adams, who recorded his biggest hits in Vancouver, inflamed tensions with a tweet blaming COVID-19 on “bat eating, wet animal market selling, virus making greedy bastards.”Wet markets sell fresh food and produce, including farmed animals and wildlife. One such market in Wuhan, China has been identified by the World Health Organization as a possible source or “amplifying setting” of the outbreak.The “Cuts Like a Knife” singer later apologized for the “racist” post.Vancouver church pastor Daniel Louie, who co-organized an online anti-racism town hall in mid-May, said criticism of China’s government must be distinguished from stereotypes about Chinese people.The hate-mongering has also spilled out against people who were mistaken for Chinese or through association, including of Japanese, Korean or Vietnamese descent. ‘Shockingly high’ The ResearchCo poll also found that 24 percent of South Asians reported racist insults. Even Indigenous people reported being targeted.”It’s so shockingly high, I had to go back to the calculations to make sure there was nothing wrong with the numbers,” said pollster Mario Canseco. The survey is considered accurate within 2.5 percent.”There’s this element that comes out blaming an entire ethnicity for what is going on. It should be cause for great concern,” he said.Vancouver resident Dakota Holmes, who is Indigenous, said a man told her to “go back to China” before punching her in the head, leaving Holmes on the ground with bruises after she sneezed from seasonal allergies.”He said all these racial slurs,” Holmes recalled. “I’m Indigenous, not from Asia; he didn’t care.”British Columbia Premier John Horgan condemned the rising acts of hate as “unacceptable,” saying that “racism is a virus” and “hate has no place in our province.”But while political leaders, police and community advocates alike condemned the incidents, others want to see more aggressive preventive action by authorities, such as financial support for organizations serving the Chinese-Canadian community, offering victims mental health services, and backing initiatives to educate witnesses on how best to respond.”I would focus the attention, if someone is being verbally abused, on the victim — not the person harassing them,” Louie advised.Some advocates suggested that the racist incidents are not simply a short-term fad, but that the pandemic is bringing long-standing societal prejudices to the surface.Recalling her assault, Ling said it “lit a fire” in her to speak out.”People are afraid of going outside not because of COVID but because of their skin color,” she said. “It’s important for all of us to do something when you see it happening — to not be ashamed or silent, because if many people speak out, that’s how we fight against racism.”center_img Ling is indeed not alone. From spitting and violent attacks, to verbal assaults and vandalism of Chinese cultural sites, Chinese residents of Canada’s third largest city — who make up 26 percent of its population, according to the last census in 2016 — say they feel increasingly unsafe and unwelcome.A new survey obtained by AFP suggests the problem is deeply rooted: one in four British Columbians of Asian descent (70 percent of whom are Chinese) said someone in their household had been targeted with “racial slurs or insults” since March, according to the ResearchCo poll of 1,600 adults.Vancouver police are also investigating 29 anti-Asian incidents over the past two months, seven times more than the same period last year, the police chief revealed.Another Vancouverite who experienced racism during the pandemic helped launch an online reporting form for others to share their experiences anonymously.  Topics :last_img read more

Deila relishing European qualifiers

first_img Press Association Celtic face Icelandic champions KR Reykjavik in the first of three Champions League qualifiers they need to overcome in order to reach the group stages. With Celtic Park out of commission because of the Commonwealth Games, Deila is set for a Murrayfield debut after Celtic were picked out first in the draw for the second qualifying round, although the Hoops have been trying to persuade their opponents to switch the fixtures. Ronny Deila is excited about the prospect of going to both Iceland and Murrayfield in his first competitive assignment as Celtic manager. KR sit fourth in their league after nine games and Deila admits the fact they will be midway through their season when they meet on July 15-16 will be an advantage for his opponents. The 38-year-old said: “Of course it will but we have a very good team and it’s only been one month. A lot of the players had an international at the beginning of June. We have four matches before the qualification so we are going to be as fit as possible.” Celtic are set to come up against a former player in striker Kjartan Finnbogason, who joined the Glasgow club from KR in 2004 aged 17 but failed to make a first-team breakthrough. The forward moved to Norway and scored one goal in eight appearances during a loan spell at Falkirk in 2009 before eventually returning to KR, where he is their top European goalscorer with eight strikes. Celtic also have good information on their opponents from January signing Holmbert Fridjonsson, who came up against KR for old club Fram. Fridjonsson told the official Celtic website: “They’ve been the best team in Iceland for a few years now. They’ve won the league twice in the last four years and they are very hard working. “They are one of the bigger teams in Iceland and are known as an attacking team but I don’t think they will play attacking football against us. I would be surprised if they did.” The 21-year-old added: “I know most of the players quite well, particularly Emil Atlason who has been great with the Iceland Under-21s and is one of our top goalscorers. “They also have Kjartan Finnbogason who used to play for Celtic and he’s been playing well back in Iceland. He’s had a bit of a bad time with injuries lately but he has scored a lot of goals. I suppose you could say he is their star player. “I think their stadium only holds about 3,000, so when they play over here it will be an experience for them. I think the atmosphere will be incredible for them. “They played Liverpool many years ago but I think this could be one of the biggest games of the club’s history.” KR coach Runar Kristinsson is looking to savour the occasion. “We will try to enjoy these games and of course we aim to get good results,” he told the official UEFA website. “Either you want a team you could beat, or a team like Real Madrid. Celtic will be an adventure for everyone but this will be very difficult.” Elsewhere in the draw, Northern Irish champions Cliftonville were picked out first against Hungarian side Debrecen. Welsh side The New Saints face Slovan Bratislava and Airtricity League of Ireland champions St Patrick’s Athletic will take on Legia Warsaw. Among the six teams playing in the first qualifying round are Lincoln Red Imps of UEFA newcomers Gibraltar. They face HB Torshavn of the Faroe Islands with the winners then taking on Partizan Belgrade. KR lost 9-1 to HJK Helsinki in their previous appearance in the competition two years ago before the Finns lost 4-1 to Celtic in the next round, but Deila is taking nothing for granted. The Norwegian said: “It could be worse and it could be better but I think it’s an okay draw. “Reykjavik are a good team and Icelandic football has improved a lot in the last few years. “We have to treat them with respect but we are favourites and we are going to do everything to win the game. “I have never been to Iceland so it’s going to be fun to go up there. I’m excited and I’m really looking forward to the game.” Deila will be denied a Celtic Park debut with the venue being used for the Games’ opening ceremony, but he is determined to view the outing to Edinburgh as a bonus rather than an inconvenience. “I think that’s exciting,” he said. “It’s exciting for the fans, they are going to have something different. It’s a big stadium and the pitch is going to be good. “We love to play at Celtic Park but the circumstances are like this so we take it as a positive to show ourselves in the new stadium.” last_img read more